OREM — For a long time it looked like a game that American Fork couldn't lose and Viewmont couldn't win.

However, fate in high school baseball often takes interesting twists. Monday, in the one-loss bracket of the 5A state tournament at Utah Valley State College, fate took a fast turn in the top of the seventh when Viewmont's Chris Larsen ripped a two-out two-run double down the left-field line to tie the game 11-11. One batter later Kory Carlson put the Vikings ahead with an RBI single. Vance Green finished off the 14-11 comeback win and five-run inning with a two-run homer deep over the left-field fence.

Viewmont advances to play Layton today at 1:30 p.m. American Fork's season is over.

Actually, even though American Fork led from the first inning through the sixth, the game had several momentum changes. There were also a combined 26 hits and eight errors in the game.

The Vikings came out of the gate with a two-spot in the first on an RBI single by Larsen and an RBI ground out by Jake Hansen. But the Cavemen jumped ahead 3-2 in the bottom half on Josh Mooney's two-run towering homer to center and an RBI double by Jarett Pulsipher. Viewmont tied the game 3-3 with an unearned run in the second.

American Fork seemed to take control of the game with six runs in the third. Andy Lewis and Randy Searle each had two-run doubles in the frame. The fifth scored on a throwing error to first on a double-play grounder. The sixth scored on a wild pitch. During the inning, Viewmont coach Roger Farnsworth was ejected for arguing a fielder's interference call at second base.

After that big inning, Cavemen coach Jarod Ingersoll pulled Mooney — his starter. Viewmont responded by scoring four runs in the fourth to trim American Fork's lead to 9-7. Carlson, Green and Jeff Rawlings each had RBI singles in the rally.

The Cavemen responded with another run in the bottom half on Lewis' sacrifice fly. But when Viewmont's Kyle Bilbrey smacked a two-run double in the fifth to close the gap to 10-9, Ingersoll went back to Mooney, who enticed three straight pop outs to finish the inning with no further damage.

Jake Murphy doubled to start the sixth and Mooney singled him home, giving the Cavemen a two-run lead once again.

Even though Viewmont put its first two runners on base in the seventh, it appeared the Cavemen were going to escape with the win by getting the first out on a sacrifice bunt and the second on a harmless ground out to short ... But on the very first pitch he saw, Larsen stroked the game's biggest hit to tie the game and permanently turn the momentum the Vikings' way.


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