There's a baseball term for what happened in the second inning of Tuesday night's 4A playoff game between rivals Springville and Spanish Fork.
It's called a two-out nightmare.Just when a team starts thinking about who made the last out and who's up next - wham! - getting an out is as hard as stealing a base on a pitchout.
Tuesday night at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Spanish Fork started a two-out nightmare that sent Springville to the losers bracket of the 4A baseball tournament.
With two down in the second, the Dons sent 12 men to the plate. They tallied six hits and three walks, stole two bases and took advantage of three Springville errors.
When Springville pitcher Dennis Pawelek finally struck out Brandon Smith to get out of the inning, the Dons had scored 10 runs - all with two out.
Spanish Fork went on to post a 15-3 five-inning win that left the Dons one game away from reaching the 4A finals.
"It's frustrating," lamented Springville coach Dan Money. "You keep expecting someone to step up and put out the fire. We just made one error after another, and you just can't give a team like Spanish Fork that many chances."
Matt Ward led off the second inning with a double for Spanish Fork. Brandt Esplin then flied out to right, moving Ward to third. Ward then scored when Darren Reid grounded out to second.
Then the real trouble started. Wade Vest reached first on a bunt single. Brad Hales followed with a walk. Smith then singled in Vest, and Matt Romero followed with a triple.
The Red Devils then pulled starter Joel Vinson and replaced him with Pawelek, but Esplin greeted him with a double off the top of the centerfield fence.
By the fifth inning, the only suspense left in the game was if Romero could hit for the cycle. In his three at-bats, Romero had a single, double and triple.
With a 13-1 lead and with his teammates reminding him he needed a home run to complete one of baseball's most difficult feats, Romero stepped up to the plate and crushed the ball over the centerfield fence.
"I just felt like I could hit anything," Romero said. "It's indescribable. It's the first time I've ever done it in my life."
The Dons are now one of only two unbeaten teams left. Spanish Fork plays Pleasant Grove, the other undefeated team, Friday at 11 a.m.
TIMPVIEW 4, WEST 2: Timpview scored two runs in the first inning, then got solo home runs from Logan Towsey and Troy Badger in the third and seventh innings to eliminate West.
Brandon Okey and Greg West combined to hold the Panthers to just four hits.
MOUNTAIN CREST 8, CYPRUS 6: Cyprus got home runs from Ryan Searle and Jared Shepherd in the seventh inning and erupted for six runs, but it wasn't enough to topple Mountain Crest.
The Mustangs ended the Pirates' season by building up an 8-0 lead, thanks to a 6-run third inning.
Mountain Crest's Ted Jensen drove in three runs for the Mustangs.
PLEASANT GROVE 9, PAYSON 2: Nate McMurtry singled in two runs in the fifth inning that helped brake open a tight game and lift Pleasant Grove to a 9-2 win.
McMurty's single put the Vikings up 3-1. Pleasant Grove added another run in the inning when Brett Cattermole drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Vikings then piled on three more runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. That was more than enough for Viking ace David Jense, who held Payson to just five hits in seven innings.
Pleasant Grove, the Region 6 champion, will play Spanish Fork at 11 a.m. Friday.