OREM Orem's Travis Strong came up to the plate with a chance to hand Lone Peak its first loss of the season and get the Tigers back to .500.
With the game tied at three in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on second with two outs, Strong came through. He smacked a line-drive double into the left center-field gap, plating the go-ahead and eventual winning run as the Tigers defeated the Knights 4-3 Tuesday afternoon.
"Doesn't happen very often," Strong said with a grin about having a chance to collect the game-winning hit.
The Knights, who scored a combined 30 runs in their first two games of the season, looked poised to do much of the same against the Tigers after collecting four hits in their first four at-bats for an early 2-0 lead.
The Knights didn't do much after that though as the Tigers' starting pitcher Nate Adamson settled down to allow just three more hits the rest of the game in a complete game effort.
The Tigers fought back in the bottom of the first to pull within one on an RBI double by senior Goose Kallunki and then evened it up in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly to left by J.T. Lindsay.
The Knights reclaimed the lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Chase Cook. But the lead didn't last long as the Tigers tied it back up in the bottom of the fifth when Marc Morgan sliced an RBI single to center field.
The Tigers didn't look to have anything going in the sixth when the Knights quickly retired their first two batters. But Jordan Johnson knocked a double down the left-field line to keep the inning alive for the Tigers, giving Strong a chance at the RBI. Coming into the at-bat, Strong was 0-3 in the game with two strikeouts and a groundout to the pitcher. Strong quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count before collecting the game-winning hit.
"I just thought what I had to do," he said about being down 0-2. "I was going to try and just fight one off. I don't know."
Tigers' head coach Gary Miner knew his team had the ability of pulling off the win, even despite the rough start.
"We expect them (the opponent) to play well, but we expect to give ourselves a shot to win," he said.
Knights starting pitcher Jared Christensen, who pitched three innings and recorded four strikeouts, said this was a wake-up call.
"We made some errors that should have not been made," he said. "This shows we're not invincible. We have to play our best, our hardest, and as if each game is our last."