Enterprise will be seeking its sixth 1A state prep baseball championship in seven years, while Piute is looking for its first such title since 1984 as the two teams meet in Wednesday's 1 p.m. championship at BYU.
Defending champion Green River, which ended Enterprise's six-season reign by downing the Wolves for the 1989 1A crown, fell short of making the 1A state tournament with eliminating losses in preliminary region playoffs last week.Enterprise and Piute earned the trip to Wednesday's finals following
semifinal victories Tuesday at the Spanish Fork Complex. Piute downed Wendover 17-14 in a score-o-rama contest, while Enterprise held off Rowland Hall 6-4.
Piute 17, Wendover 14
After falling behind 8-4 in the first inning of Tuesday's opener of the 1A semifinals doubleheader, the T-birds rebounded for a 12-8 lead after the top of the third. The Wildcats tied it at 12-all in the bottom of the fourth and then added two more with one out in the fifth to take a 14-12 advantage.
Piute catcher Klyn Gleave came on in relief, pitching hitless ball and striking out three over the final 22/3 innings. The T-birds scored three runs in the top of the sixth en route to the win, with Gleave tying it with his two-run single and then scoring the winning run on a Travis Fullmer hit.
Piute's Brandon Sylvester drove in three with a third-inning triple, while Fullmer knocked in two in the fourth with a single. Wendover's Tyson Sweat went 3-for-4 and scored three runs, while Rocky Gonzales and Josh Woffinden each drove in two runs.
Enterprise 6, Rowland Hall 4
Enterprise scored first with a four-run third inning against Rowland Hall, including RBI singles by Corey Barlow and Lane Truman. The Wolves worked their lead to 6-2 by the top of the sixth.
Rowland Hall tagged Enterprise starting pitcher Danny Bushar for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Brian Conner's two-run blast over the left-field fence drew the Lions to within 6-4. After Chris Swindle doubled, Enterprise's Greg Farnsworth came on to get the final two outs and hold Rowland Hall scoreless in the seventh as well for the save.