Oh, what a difference a year makes.
A year ago Bountiful was struggling through a disappointing 1-9 season. Now, the Braves are cruising along with an impressive winning streak challenging for the Region 5 baseball crown with a 11-4 record."We've just been on a great roll lately with one sight in mind," said Bountiful coach Clark Stringfellow after the Braves topped Olympus 6-5. "We want to get to state and do something there."
And with a team full of solid senior leadership, Bountiful could easily make a lot of noise in the state tournament in two weeks.
Against the Titans, two Braves in particular were loud.
Ryan Toone capped a five-run rally in the fourth inning by blasting a long drive into the neighboring parking lot for his first home run of the season.
And pitcher/third baseman Nate Weese pitched two perfect innings of relief to get the save after he had a pair of clutch hits.
"I saved him for this game," Stringfellow said of Weese. "He's got a real lively arm. He knows what's on the line, and he gets it done."
Olympus grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first inning and led into the fourth before the Braves offensive outburst. Playing for a hopeful spot in the state playoffs, the Titans put up a strong challenge to the state's fifth-ranked team.
But with Toone's homer and back-to-back doubles from winning pitcher Jake Bodily and Zach Jacobs, the Braves reclaimed the lead and never looked back despite several rallies from Oly.
"I'm really happy for the kids," Stringfellow said. "Now we're playing good and seem to be doing all the right things."