OREM When trying to crawl through the one-loss bracket of a baseball tournament, a little luck sure helps.
In Bingham's ugly 13-5 win late Wednesday over Alta in a second elimination game of the day for both teams, the Miners combined clutch hitting, clutch pitching, some generous Hawks' defense and some strange strategy on Alta's part to move on to the final three of the 5A state baseball tournament.
Exactly how generous were the Hawks? In one inning, Bingham scored a run on a booted grounder, an errant throw from the outfield and a dropped pop fly to second base. The Miners scored a second run on a throw back to the pitcher that was carelessly dropped. A third run scored on another dropped fly and a wild throw. A fourth scored on a wild pitch. For the game, the Hawks committed six errors.
Still, the Miners took care of a lot of business on their own. Brock Whitney was far from dominant on the mound in giving up 11 hits. However, he had 10 strikeouts and ended several Alta threats by enticing an inning-ending ground ball. One resulted in a 5-4-3 double play to end the sixth when Bingham was nursing an 8-5 lead and the Hawks had the bases load.
Whitney also did plenty of damage with the bat, belting a two-run double in the fourth and a mammoth three-run homer in the seventh that blew the game open. Whitney's two-run double had some scratching their heads because Alta actually walked Bingham's Colton Yack, the No. 2 hitter, to get to Whitney in the third spot. At the time, the game was tied 4-4.
Several other Miners also had a big game at the plate. Yack finished with three hits and scored four runs. Vincent Giron had a two-run double in the first inning and Cory Raymond had a four-hit game.
For Alta, Parker Webster, Kavin Keyes, Colton Call and Sam Teahan each had two hits. Justin Campbell added a three-run triple in the first.
Bingham advances to play the loser of the Timpanogos/Riverton game at 7 p.m. tonight.
In Wednesday's earlier games:
BINGHAM 17, LAYTON 7 (6 INNINGS): The Miners reached Wednesday's second game by knocking off the Layton Lancers earlier in the day 17-7.
The game was tied 5-5 after three innings, and the Lancers actually took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
From there, however, it was all Bingham. The Miners scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth to end he game an inning early.
Cory Raymond was the big gun for Bingham with a single, a home run and two RBIs. Brock Whitney added three hits, one of which was a solo home run.
ALTA 10, TAYLORSVILLE 9: The Hawks kept their season alive by scoring a run in the seventh inning after blowing a five-run lead in the sixth. Alta actually trailed by two runs before posting a seven-spot in the top of the sixth, but the Hawks then gave up five in the bottom half to enter the final frame knotted 9-9.
In the top of the seventh, Justin Campbell led off with a single and advanced to third on Colton Call's double. Sam Teahan then lifted a fly to medium right field, which was deep enough to score the runner from third. In Taylorsville's final at bat, Campbell, who came on in relief in the sixth, got three ground balls to end the game.=