Pleasant Grove's Brett Cattermole had already delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to send his team to the 4A baseball championship game Friday afternoon and just survived a dog-pile celebration from his teammates. Yet even after the celebration died down, he was still shaking when asked about this game-winning hit against Spanish Fork.
"I can't explain how it feels. I'm still shaking. I can't sit still," Cattermole said. "This win was huge. Now we have our ace to throw in the championship game. Had we lost, I don't know who we would have thrown."Cattermole's two-out ground ball bounced through the hole between short and third.
Brandon Smith charged in, scooped up the ball and threw home, but Nate McMurtry - who led off the inning with a double - beat the throw to give Pleasant Grove a 5-4 win.
After both teams scored a run in the first inning, the game turned into a pitcher's duel between Pleasant Grove's Josh Brady and Spanish Fork's Jake Baum, who relieved starter Bryce Searle in the third inning.
Spanish Fork finally got to Brady with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Matt Romero singled and stole second. He then came home on a single from Brandt Esplin.
Esplin took second on the throw home and scored on a Clint Jenkins single that gave the Dons a 3-1 lead.
But Pleasant Grove took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when the Vikings came up with three runs on RBI singles from Cattermole, Brent Francom and a sacrifice fly from Josh Bollingbroke.
The Dons had to have a run to keep playing and they got one in the top of the seventh on a Smith sacrifice fly.
The two teams meet today at Franklin Quest Field to decided the 4A title, with the Dons needing to win twice to claim the crown.
SPANISH FORK 6, SPRINGVILLE 5: Trailing 5-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Springville stunned Spanish Fork with three runs to tie the game, but the Dons then ended the Red Devils' season with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5 win.
Springville took advantage of two Spanish fork errors and strung together four hits to tie the game off a Brent Neel RBI single.
But the Dons charged back in the bottom of the seventh when Brandt Esplin led off the inning with a double.
After Jenkins unsucessfuly tried to bunt Esplin to third, Jenkins lifted a single to centerfield in front of a diving Cody Weight that won the game.
Spanish Fork's Rex Balzly was masterful for the first five innings, holding Spingville to just one hit, but the Red Devils scored two runs in the sixth off a Seth Scott walk, a Neel triple and a single from Weight.
"That's been the story of our season. You can never count us out," said Springville coach Dan Money.