Tom Smart, Deseret News
HIGHLAND — Lone Peak used a big sixth inning at the plate and some clutch pitching from Hunter Trowbridge to down Jordan 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at home. It was the sixth win in a row for the Knights, who like to fashion themselves as a real dark horse team in 5A.
Trowbridge pitched a complete game and provided two key RBIs to lead his team.
“Hunter is the type of kid whose jersey is never clean after a game,” said Lone Peak coach Jason Turley. “He’s been a clutch player for us all year and he has the mindset that he wants the ball when the game is on the line and I love him for that.”
Jordan started the scoring courtesy of a Christian Bailey RBI single in the top of the second inning. Lone Peak responded with one-run efforts in the third, fourth and fifth innings, which included a solo home run from Trowbridge, to secure a 3-1 lead into the sixth.
With the Knights seemingly in complete control, Jordan’s Colton Shaver unloaded on a pitch for a two-out, two-run home run to tie the game at 3-3.
“Jordan is a good team and they fought back,” Turley said. “Our guys rebounded from that and just focused on doing the small things and those are the things that either win you ballgames or kill you.”
Lone Peak provided a display of quality small ball in the bottom of the sixth on its way to four runs that all but put away the Beetdiggers for good. The inning was highlighted by two bunt singles from Braxton Barnes and Tanner Smith.
“We work a lot on our bunting and those two bunts were just about perfect,” Turley said. “The first one from Braxton was great, but for Tanner to lay down a bunt like that with two outs was outstanding.”
Both bunts put runners in scoring position and led to RBI hits from Grant Lyman and Trowbridge.
After being rocked by Shaver’s home run in the sixth, Trowbridge took the mound in the top of the seventh and recorded three straight outs for the win.
“Hunter is a team leader and I know I can always count on him,” Turley said. “It’s great to have players like him, but it was a team effort today that got us this win. It was our guys focusing on the small things and doing those things well instead of just trying to get big hits. I like how we played today.”
With six straight wins Lone Peak improves to 6-2 on the year and will next take on Bingham in a three-game set beginning on April 9.
“I think a lot of people are looking at other teams as favorites, so we’re sort of dark horses. But I like that,” Turley said. “Our guys have worked very hard and are continuing to work hard and when you do that you’ll be in contention. I think pitching is our strength and we have a lot of good depth there. I like how we’re playing starting the year and we just need to make sure we keep doing the little things and we should be fine.”
With the loss Jordan drops to 3-4 on the year and will travel to take on American Fork on April 5.
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