It's just what hitters dream of, right?
Jordan's Jamie Hendricks stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a scoreless tie with top-ranked Bingham, the winner advancing to the 5A state championship game.Teammate Mary Bevins stood at third base, waiting to score the winning run, while Bingham's ace pitcher Candee Bowden wanted desperately to extend the game to extra innings. Hendricks worked the at-bat to a 3-2 count, then ended the game with one final swing of her bat.
The sophomore lined a pitch up the middle that just glanced off the second baseman's glove and gave the Beetdiggers a thrilling 1-0 victory Friday at the Cottonwood Complex. The win moved Jordan to within one victory of its first 5A championship and forced the Miners to play Mountain View for the right to get into the title game.
"This was exactly what I expected," said Jordan head coach Steve Hendricks. "I told the kids beforehand that it wasn't going to be an 11-run game."
The loss was a somewhat sobering one for the Miners, who had blitzed Alta's strong pitching staff to the tune of 11 runs and 11 hits on Wednesday.
"I expected a better offensive output from our side," said Bingham head coach Mikki Jackson.
Bingham's lack of offense can be blamed on Jordan pitcher Lacee LePrey. The junior gave up just three hits while striking out eight Miner batters.
"Lacee pitched an outstanding game . . . her best game all year," added Hendricks. "She's definitely one of the state's best."
Bingham and Mountain View will play Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with the winner getting a shot at Jordan at 12:30 p.m. Should the unbeaten Beetdiggers lose, the two teams will play again 15 minutes later.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 2, TAYLORSVILLE 1: The Bruins remained as the third team left alive in the tournament by bouncing the defending champion Warriors. Taylorsville scored in the first inning, but a Warrior error in the second allowed both of Mountain View's runs to score.
"We didn't execute at all so it's nice to get this one out of the way," said Mountain View head coach Mike LaHargoue. "Our goal was to make it past Thursday and now we can readjust our goals and have nothing to lose. We know we can play with anybody."
With the loss, Taylorsville placed fourth in the tournament.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 5, ALTA 4: Leading 5-0 when the game was suspended on Thursday, the Bruins managed to hang on and bounce their Region 3 rivals out of the tournament. Shannon Lewis allowed just three hits and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a two-run double in the first inning.
TAYLORSVILLE 10, VIEWMONT 1: The Warriors won their suspended game by blowing things open with a six-run fifth inning. Sabrina Dinkel had three hits and drove in four runs for Taylorsville, which tied for fifth place with Alta.