PROVO Playing in their third game in just four days, it took a walk-off single by Provo's Colby Frampton to lift the Bulldogs to a 6-5 victory over Fremont on Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs, who were already beaten by the Silver Wolves once this year in a tournament at St. George, got their payback at home against a Fremont team that would not go away.
"Fremont is a good club," said Provo head coach Lance Moore. "They are big strong guys who swing the bats, and they have got good arms on the mound. We were trying to piece together a game, but between Ryan Golding and Griffin Geslison, we kept them off balance and for the most part we made the plays we needed."
Fremont showed their resilience by tying it up at two crucial points in the game. Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Fremont slugger Chase Moore hit a deep 3-run homer over the left-field wall to tie the game and finally get the Silver Wolves' offense moving.
Then after giving up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, Fremont's bats came alive again as they tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning.
But Provo's Morgan Ventura hit a lead-off double to set the tone for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh. Then, with the bases loaded, Frampton came into the game and made the most of his opportunity.
"(Frampton) was nursing an injury, and we want him healthy for next week, but he comes off the bench and takes a strike and hits a line drive," said Moore. "He did an excellent job. Situational hitting: It is so big, no matter what level of baseball you play. In that last inning, that is what we tried to do."
The Bulldogs were led by Ventura, who was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two doubles as well as getting on base two more times on walks.
But in the end, most of the credit went to the pitchers, Golding and Geslison, who struck out seven combined but most importantly kept balls in play for the fielders behind him."Our defense loves to play behind those guys because every first pitch is a strike; they make the other team swing the bat," said Moore. "Our defense is much sharper when our pitchers are attacking the strike zone."