The Buffaloes earned a spot in the 3A state tournament the old-fashioned way - they earned it.
Tooele, ranked among the top teams in the state all season, showed exactly why as the Buffs nipped Park City 4-3 by playing good, old-fashioned baseball.The Buffaloes beat the Miners by manufacturing runs when the Park City pitchers wouldn't give them much.
Battling for bases on balls, sacrifice flies and solid hits helped Tooele chip away at the Miners and pull out the come-from-behind win.
"That's baseball," said Buffalo coach Larry Sandberg. "You've got to do all the little things to give yourself a chance to win."
Of course, it didn't hurt that Tooele had potential MVP Trent Pratt behind the plate.
Pratt only made three trips to the plate but made them count as he doubled, homered and had an RBI sacrifice fly to lead the Buffaloes into next week's quarterfinals in St. George.
"His presence gives us a little bit of an advantage," Sandberg said of his Arizona State-bound star. "I don't know how much it happens but that helps if they decide to change anything about the way they play us."
Pratt scored the game's first run in the third inning when a towering shot cleared the 400-foot centerfield fence with plenty of distance to spare.
Park City responded quickly, though, with a homer of their own in the fourth and then took the lead on a two-run double to center.
Pratt made sure the top-ranked Buffs wouldn't stay down for long as he drove in the tieing run with a long sacrifice fly.
Tooele then took the lead in the sixth as the Buffs made coaches everywhere swell with pride.
A base on balls followed by a ground ball up the middle and another walk loaded the bases and a the winning run scored on a routine sacrifice fly in the sixth.