In the words of Springville ace Joel Vinson he pitched like . . . well let's just say he had been lousy in his previous two appearances in the 4A state baseball tournament.
Vinson was chased in the second inning of Springville's 15-3 loss to Spanish Fork on Tuesday and on Wednesday Vinson pitched one ineffective inning of relief against Mountain Crest Wednesday afternoon.But Wednesday night when it counted the most, Vinson showed why he's considered the ace of Springville's pitching staff.
After giving up a leadoff walk to Timpview's Cade Bradley in the top of the seventh inning and watching Bradley advance to second on a passed ball, Vinson mowed down Timpview's top three batters setting up a dramatic 11-10 win.
Vinson struck out Troy Badger, who homered off the scoreboard earlier in the game. He then sat down T.R. Gourley on strikes and closed out the inning by fanning Levi Jackson, leaving Bradley - the go-ahead run - at second base.
That set up a dramatic seventh-inning rally for Springville. After Timpview's Ryan Brinton retired the first two Red Devils, it looked like the game was headed for extra innings tied at 10, when Brinton struck out Dennis Pawelek on a curveball in the dirt.
But the ball got past Gourley, Timpview's catcher and Pawelek beat out Gourley's throw to first.
Springville's Seth Scott then reached first on an infield single, moving Pawelek into scoring position.
Brent Neel followed with the game-winning single, when he fought off a curveball and dropped it into right field.
Springville scored six runs in the first two innings and threatened to blow Timpview out, but the T-birds stormed back to take control of the game.
Timpview scored six runs in the fourth inning. Collin Kartchner doubled in two runs and Levi Jackson singled in two more.
The T-Birds added another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to go up 10-6, but Springville came charging back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game.
Springville is now just one of three teams left battling for the 4A crown. The Red Devils will play the loser of the Pleasant Grove/Spanish Fork game Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Franklin Quest Field.
After the loss to Springville, Timpview's Wes Wilcken announced he was stepping down as coach.
TIMPVIEW 13, PAYSON 8: Levi Jackson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead Timpview to a 13-8 win over Payson.
Payson loaded the bases in the sixth inning and had a chance to cut into Timpview's 12-7 lead, but the Lions managed to score just one run.
SPRINGVILLE 13, MOUNTAIN CREST 11: It took a two-out grand slam by Jeremy Nunes in the top of the sixth inning and an unassisted triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning for Springville to elminate Mountain Crest from the tournament with a 13-11 win.
Mountain Crest rallied in the bottom of the sixth to score one run, but with runners on first and second and no outs Springville second baseman Brady Roundy caught a line drive just before it hit the dirt, stepped on second and after some confusion jogged over and stepped on first to complete one of baseball's rarest plays.