The Lehi Pioneers traveled to Pleasant Grove High School, played a 4-3 game and went home with their first W in region play.
Drew Velez, Pleasant Grove's starting pitcher, scattered seven hits through the game but the Pioneers manufactured one run in each of the first four innings. Velez threw more than 115 pitches for the game and seemed to grow stronger as the game went on.
It was Lehi's second batter in each of the four innings who scored.
Four of the pioneers — Nolan Padilla, Andrew Paul, KJ Griffith, Braxton Deveraux — scored.
Padilla reached base in the first, made his way to second base, and scored from there when Taylor Nielson his a single.
Paul got a walk to base, made it to second base and scored from there on another single from Kade Evans.
Griffith got a walk in the third inning, made his way to third base and scored while the Vikings had M'Kay Driggs in a hot box between first and second base. Driggs was tagged but not before Griffith crossed home plate.
In the fourth inning, Deveraux got a walk and made his way to third and scored on an overthrow to first base.
The Vikings tied the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning. Jake Barnhart got on with a single into the outfield and Tyler Harmon brought Barnhart and himself around the bases with a powerful line drive that sailed over the left field fence with his second home run of the season.
The Vikings added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but that was all they could do.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, PG's power hitters came to the plate with the the Pioneers leading 4-3. Rylan Peterson got on base with a long drive single to start the team's last chance at bat, but Lehi reliever Cameron Lux hit two fly balls that were both caught, which left Peterson stranded at first as he struck out the last batter.
"We'll take the W any way we can," said Lehi coach Matt Bezzant. "We lost three tough games last week. We needed this game to get our confidence back.
"M'Kay Driggs has been our No. 1 pitcher all year," Bezzant said. "He is not overpowering, but he throws strikes and it seems to work for us. Cameron Lux comes at you from a different place and it is difficult to connect with the ball."
Lehi now stands at 1-3 in region play and 6-7 overall. Pleasant Grove has a 0-4 record in region, 9-5 overall. Both teams will play each other twice more this week, both games will be played at Lehi on Wednesday and Friday.
Kent Allen lives in Plesant Grove and covers Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret News.