SPANISH FORK — After two losses in a three-game span knocked them from the top of the standings in Region 8, the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles hoped to recapture some momentum before the 4A state baseball playoffs.
Three straight wins and 23 runs later, mission accomplished.
The Golden Eagles concluded the regular season with an 8-2 win at home over Mountain Crest. Jonah Flinders and KJ Hall each put up doubles and Maple Mountain scored half its runs in the sixth inning to pull away.
"Since Orem three weeks ago I started to get locked in," said Flinders, who added two other hits on the day. "Tonight was senior night, and I decided to go out there and do everything I can."
The unusually late nonregion game came after the original meeting between the two teams was cancelled due to snow.
With region standings and playoff seeds already decided, the game proved to be a no-pressure opportunity for both teams to fine-tune before the state playoffs start next week.
"The game doesn't necessarily mean anything relevant to the outcome," Maple Mountain head coach Gary Miner admitted. "It was a little bit difficult. It's got a different feel. We've been trying to ramp up towards the state tournament in region and all that stuff, but it was nice."
Early on, Mountain Crest jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Kaden Lindley's RBI hit in the third inning.
Maple Mountain took over after that.
Flinders singled and Hall doubled to start the third inning. Arik Mack drove both of them home with a line drive up the middle. MaKay Nelson added an RBI blooper to right-center, putting Maple Mountain ahead for good.
Bridger Adams drove in a run with a blooper of his own in the fifth. After crossing the plate in that inning, Braydon Peterson drove in someone else in the sixth with a grounder to left field. Mitch Holmes sacrificed for another run, and Max Piggott capped off the scoring with a two-RBI hit at the end of the sixth inning.Comment on this story
Mitch Budge picked up the win on the mound, striking out two in the third inning and another in the fourth.
Game notes: With the game posing no threat the Golden Eagles' place in the Region 8 standings, Maple Mountain started all seniors for the team's final regular-season home game. ... Mountain Crest, the second seed out of Region 5, will host Timpanogos, one of the two 4A state finalists from 2012, in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday. Maple Mountain will host Sky View.
Matt Petersen is the sports web editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.