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High school baseball: Mountain Crest Mustangs hold on to edge rival Grizzlies

Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 11:43 p.m. MDT

"Ben's a gamer," Hansen said. "He wants the ball. He wants to be out there. And he doesn't want to come out of the game.

"As a pitcher, it's hard with the long rain delay. Sometimes you don't want to sit 'em for too long because it's not good on their arm. But luckily we were able to get back out on the field and he was able to finish strong for us. He did an excellent job.

"We sent some guys down there in the bullpen to warm up," Hansen said of Logan's big fourth-inning rally. "It's a fragile situation. You don't want to pull a guy too early, but yet if you leave him in one pitch too long, sometimes it can cost you. It's a hard determination to make sometimes."

Jack Godfrey's second-inning sacrifice fly brought home Scott Henderson, who had singled, with the game's first run for Mountain Crest.

Logan (11-4 Region 5, 15-10 overall) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Michael Hart singled; TJ Booth banged an RBI double into the left-center gap; and Brayden Richardson brought home the second run with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt.

In the Mountain Crest fourth, back-to-back walks and Coombs' double tied it at 2-2, and Luke Smith lined an RBI single for a 3-2 lead. Anthony Peterson's single, two more walks, a throwing error, a wild pitch and a hit batter brought home three more runs. Kaden Lindley's infield hit made it 7-2, and Godfrey's groundout scored another run for a seemingly safe 8-2 lead.

But in the Logan half of the fourth, Zack Rich led off with a double and, after a fielder's choice in which Rich was called safe on a close play at third base, Booth's run-scoring single made it 8-3. Another run scored on a wild pitch, and a base on balls was followed by Richardson's two-run double down the right-field line. Two outs later, Isaac Rhea smacked a run-scoring single to cap the five-run rally and pull Logan within one run, 8-7.

"That's the game of baseball," Hansen said. "You know, sometimes it's almost a disadvantage to go out and have a big lead because it's hard to maintain constant focus, but that's what a team needs to do.

"When we go out and we've got a six-run lead, the best thing we can do is come out and have a 1-2-3 inning and come back to the plate and just continue putting the pressure back on them. But unfortunately, we came out and gave up a five spot and that brought 'em right back in it."

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