High school baseball: Tyler Young pitches Maple Mountain past Murray

Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 9:55 p.m. MDT

Van Tassell's towering home run over the left-field fence made it 3-0 in the sixth, and the Golden Eagles added two more insurance runs in the seventh when Colton Hamilton walked, advanced on singles by Jaren Hall and Poulsen, and eventually stole home, and then Nik Mafi's RBI groundout brought Hall home with the game's final run.

Hall had three of Maple Mountain's 13 hits, while Poulsen and Nik Mafi each had two hits with a double and scored a run apiece. Jake Mafi and Hamilton each had a pair of singles as well for Maple Mountain (8-2), and Cannon Miner came on to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings to preserve the victory for Young.

Logan Jones had three of Murray's eight hits and Nate Gee had two hits for the Spartans (3-2), who stranded 12 base runners — nine in scoring position.

"The boys have actually played very well," Maple Mountain coach Gary Miner said of his ballclub. "This time of the year, we're lucky to get outside before we go to St. George (where they won two preseason tournaments), and the number of practice sessions you have because we've been in St. George a couple of times has been very limited.

"But they've worked hard all winter long and that helps. They've come out of the gates. We've been putting the bat on the ball pretty consistently, and our pitchers have been fantastic.

"He's a great kid," Coach Miner said of Young. "He moved in and he's been a great addition to have. He's been very solid. He's around the dish; he's got great mechanics, so his arm durability has been awesome. He's a good addition to have, a good kid and a good player for us."

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