Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SOUTH JORDAN — Despite the uncommonly frigid mid-April conditions, the Riverton baseball team heated up when it mattered most — coming from behind to down Bingham, 8-7. The Silverwolves used clutch pitching from Tanner Draper late along with some key hitting — particularly from Jared White — to come away with a key early Region 4 win.
“Anytime you can come in here and beat a great team like Bingham it’s a big thing,” said Riverton coach Jay Applegate. “It wasn’t easy, but there won’t be many easy games in Region 4 this season. Any win against any opponent in this region is a big win.”
BJ Newman got the Silverwolves out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second with an RBI double, but the Miners responded immediately with a four-run effort in the bottom of the same inning. Braxton McKee led the effort with an RBI single before scoring all the way from first after a stolen base led to two errors committed by Riverton.
Bingham added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI double from Jake Bruce extended the lead to 6-2 and appeared poised to cruise to victory. Riverton wasn’t done, however, and put together a three-run top of the fifth that was punctuated by a two RBI double from White.
“You know, our players just kept confident and we got in some good situations that we were able to take advantage of,” Applegate said. “We’ve sort of struggled taking advantage of good situations, so this was great to say, and hopefully we can build on it.”
After Bingham added a run in the bottom of the fifth, Riverton again took advantage of the chances provided — scoring three runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-7 advantage into the final inning. White provided what proved to be the game-winning hit with two-on and two-out by lacing a ball up the middle of the infield to score Trevor Peterson from second base.
Despite a high pitch count, Draper took the mound for the final two innings in hopes of wrapping up the game for his team, and did exactly that.
“Tanner still had good pop on his pitches and was locating well, so we stuck with him,” Applegate said. “You obviously want to finish what you started, and Tanner wanted to be out there, and I was proud of how he pitched down the stretch. That was obviously huge for us.”
With the win, Riverton stands alone in second place in Region 4 with a 3-1 region record. Bingham falls to 2-2 in region play and will match up again against Riverton Thursday and then again on Friday.
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