OREM In the first game of its season, Lone Peak's baseball team looked near midseason form as it bombarded Mountain View 17-3 and then headed home after six innings of play Friday.
Nearly all of the production came in the second and sixth innings, in which the Knights put up 16 runs combined.
"I was really happy," Lone Peak head coach Mike LaHargoue said. "I was a little scared after the first couple of at-bats were strikeouts, but then the kids just started to get some good swings on the ball."
Lone Peak sophomore Dillon Robinson got things started by hitting a stand-up triple and scored the first run shortly thereafter. Later on in the inning he had a single that drove in two runs, making the game 6-0.
"We have got a talented younger class of freshman and sophomores," said LaHargoue. "We had to make some tough decisions and let some good baseball players go to let some of these younger kids get some at-bats, because their potential is so high."
Robinson showed he could play with the big boys by going 4-for-4 and driving in three runs on the day.
"(Robinson) is a natural," said LaHargoue. "As long as he doesn't put too much pressure on himself, he is going to have a great year for us. He has great composure for a sophomore, and a great swing."
The Bruins stuck around in the second as Marcus Draper hit a triple to make the score 6-3. But after that, the Bruins' offense sputtered.
Most of their hitting woes came from having to face Daniel Sechrest on the mound. Sechrest, who has already committed to BYU, struck out five in his season-opener.
"People have been knocking (Sechrest) a little bit for maybe not living up to his potential, but we as a coaching staff believe in him," said LaHargoue. "BYU obviously believes in him and he is out there to prove to people that he is going to take no prisoners this year."
The Knights added one run in the fourth inning but saved the best for last.
A 10-run sixth inning put the game out of reach and all that was needed was three outs to make it official.
LaHargoue was impressed with his team but still managed to find something to improve on."We catch a ball in center field and they don't score three runs," he said. "So that is my approach, I like to play tight defense. But overall I am pretty happy, we played pretty good."