Before Region 4 baseball season started, American Fork, Pleasant Grove and Bingham high schools were ranked 1, 2 and 3 in 5a programs. Copper Hills and Davis came in 4 and 5, respectively. But now that region compettion has started, it may be difficult to unseat the Cavemen from their lofty perch as they held on to win their first game with the Vikings, 10-9, on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, 12-6.
The win came with great pitching by the team's pitcher, senior Danny Beddes, and a strong supporting cast of eight other players. Offense scored 12 runs on 19 hits with four errors.
The Vikings did well also, scoring six runs on eight hits that included a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning by junior catcher, Rylan Peterson.
Beddes kept the Vikings to just three hits in three and one half innings before Pleasant Grove started getting on base.
Caveman head coach Jared Ingersol was pleased with the wins. "We learned from last night as we let them back into it in the last inning and they made a game of it by scoring nine runs on us. Today, we got out in front and just kept our foot on the gas," he said.
Observers in the stands agreed that both teams looked good in pre-season games, but Region 4 teams will be tough. Ingersol agreed, "Region 4 games will be a dogfight."
These two teams will play for the third and final region matchup with each other on Friday at American Fork. The Cavemen now stand at 11-1 overall and 2-0 in region play. The Vikings have a 9-3 overall win/loss with a 0-2 in region play.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and covers Viking varsity sports.