KEARNS It is simple logic: if the pitch is outside, go the opposite way.
Springville coach Willy Child has been trying to preach this philosophy to his team all season. The message appeared to hit home in the Red Devils' 7-2 win over Mountain Crest on Tuesday in the 4A state baseball playoffs.
"We tell them all the time to go with those pitches. Sometimes they listen. Sometimes they don't," said Child. "Today, they all seemed to have a good approach at the plate and did what was needed. They all had a good day and we scored enough runs."
One Red Devil in particular took heed to his coach's words, as Isaac Allred went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He drove in his first two runs in the top of the first inning with an opposite-field single, scoring Jeff Boyd and Ben Doxey.
"I don't know what it is, I have just been seeing the ball really, really well lately," said Allred. "I go up looking for a fastball in the middle of the plate, but then I adjust depending on what I see from the pitcher. Today, I was picking up his curve really well."
Besides getting some timely hitting, Child has said that to continue advancing through the elimination side of the bracket he needs quality starts from his pitching staff. He got one from Brian Whatcott. The hard-throwing righty went all seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight.
"Brian did a great job for us once again," Child added. "It was what we needed to save some arms again and not have to go to a second pitcher. He has a good fastball that he throws around 87-88, and then he complements it with a good curve. He loves to go out there and just play."
Mountain Crest never could get a good read on Whatcott's stuff, as the Mustangs scored only the two runs. Kyler Webb had an RBI single in the first inning, and Robert Garrett had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Springville jumped out early with the two-run first, and it added to the lead in the fourth with two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Boyd and Mark Dewyze. It added three runs in the fifth when Allred had another opposite-field single, scoring Corey McMurdo. Brandon Miller followed up that hit with a two-run homer that gave the Devils all the room they would need.
"We don't want it to end," Allred said of the team's season. "We are all good friends and enjoy playing together. If we can keep getting good pitching like the last two days, we have a chance to keep playing and come back through."
The Mustangs' season came to a close with the loss.Springville plays today at 1:30 p.m. against Dixie at Gates Field on the campus of Kearns High.