On a sun-filled spring afternoon, the Miners from Bingham High School traveled to Pleasant Grove to play the Vikings at home. The stands filled with fans from both schools — plus, upon closer inspection, there were also several pro scouts. The Cubs, Braves, Nationals and White Sox were well represented and focused on the Miner's senior pitcher, Connor Williams. They were not disappointed.
The Vikings started off well with another senior pitcher, Drew Velez, throwing just 13 pitches to get three outs to put the Vikings at the plate. Junior infielder Braden King got on base with a single and scored on a deep double from senior catcher Rylan Peterson. At the end of the first inning, P.G. was up 1-0. But it went downhill fast from there.
The top of the second inning started with Bingham Senior Max Dimick getting on base with a double, and before the Vikings could get the third out, the Miners sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs on five hits and six walks.
The Vikings did score four runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth, but could not their bats going again.
In the third inning, the Miners sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring five more runs. They added two additional runs in the fourth inning, and capped off the game in the sixth inning by batting around for the third time in an inning, scoring a final five runs.
With six attempts at the plate, senior Brady Lail should be congratulated for scoring four times. He had three hits and was beaned once but still managed to score four times. With the ten run rule well in hand, Miner reliever senior Parker Green shut down the Vikings in the bottom of inning six and walked off the field with another region win to put their record at 5-2 in region play and 13-3 overall.
Bingham Coach Sato was happy with the win and sent me to talk to his winning pitcher Connor Williams. Williams said, "When our batting gets going the team plays well and we seem to keep winning. The coaching is great and we work well together." Williams threw just over 100 pitches in the game. "I got kinda jammed up there in the third inning, but I worked my way out of it."
Watching the speed gun of the scout from the Washngton Nationals, Williams was throwing in the low 90s and mid-80s for his off-speed change up.
These teams play twice more this week. Once on Wednesday at Bingham and again at Pleasant Grove on Friday.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and writes for Deseret Connect reporting on Viking Varsity Sports.