Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Pleasant Grove played a tight game with the Silverwolves of Riverton High School on Wednesday afternoon. The Vikings won the game 3-2, but not without challenges dealing with springtime along the Wasatch Front.
"With these games, you end up playing against two foes, the region team and Mother Nature," Pleasant Grove head baseball coach Darrin Henry said.
The first game was supposed to have been played at Riverton High School on Tuesday. It was determined that the Silverwolves' field was too muddy. They asked to play at Pleasant Grove, and permission was granted as the Vikings' field was drier to play on.
The game started at 4, but by the end of the first inning, the snow came, then the rain. The game was postponed until Wednesday, still to be played at Pleasant Grove.
On Wednesday, the game also started at 4, but it started as the game from Tuesday had ended. Wednesday's game started in the second inning with the Vikings at bat and one out.
As the Vikings were coming up to bat in the bottom of the third inning, the game was postponed again as snow and light hail began to fall, disrupting the game. The mound and home plate batting areas were covered and the players and fans were left to outlast this particular squall.
Ten minutes later, the game resumed as the sun broke through the clouds and the covers were pulled off the field.
As the game resumed, both teams were able to score one run apiece and the Vikings and Silverwolves were looking like balanced teams. Both teams battled back and forth and managed to score one more run each. When the Vikings came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, they needed to grind out one more run and then hold Riverton scoreless at the team's last at-bats.
Viking junior outfielder Zach Peterson came to the plate and hit a drive just past the outstretched arm of the second baseman and reached first base with a single. With a sacrifice bunt, a single and a walk, Peterson was standing on third base with only one out and the bases loaded. Viking senior Gavin Bahr walked up to the plate and sent a high fly to deep right center field. It was caught for the second out, but Peterson scored from third, giving the Vikings the go ahead run and Bahr a great RBI. The next batter grounded out for the third out. Now the Vikings had to hold the Silverwolves scoreless during their last at-bats.
Viking junior Easton Walker pitched a complete game, and he came out to the mound ready to put it all on the field. He did just that. He pitched 13 pitches, nine of which were strikes. Walker and the Vikings notched another win for the team.
Coach Henry congratulated his team on playing a positive game and never giving up. "Our hitting and bunting put the pressure back on them to win. I'm proud of how you played."
Riverton now has a 5-2 overall record and 3-1 in Region 4. The Vikings have a 4-4 overall record and a 1-0 win/loss in Region 4.
Both teams will continue playing the nex two games in this series Thursday and Friday at Riverton High School beginning at 4 p.m. each day.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.
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