PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Just before game time, there were more fans on the field than in the stands, as it was Senior Day for the Vikings of Pleasant Grove. Eleven seniors were honored with their parents on the field. At the end of six and a half innings, the Vikings and their fans were celebrating a great home-field victory for their last home game of the season, 9-7, over the Silverwolves of Riverton.
Senior Tyler Harmon was the starting pitcher for the Vikings. He scattered 11 hits and four strikeouts throughout the game before picking up his fourth win of the season as he pitched a complete game. He also helped in his own effort by going three for four at the plate including two homeruns and three RBIs.
Head coach Darrin Henry said, "He is our workhorse. He works harder and is more consistant than anyone else." Ryan Peterson and Jake Barnhart, two other graduating seniors, added to the win as they both contributed round trippers to the game.
The Silverwolves generated at least one run per inning but could not break it open as the Viking defense stopped Riverton each time they tried to get their own powerful offense in gear.
At the first of the season, Henry mentioned that he thought that Riverton was a better team than the other region teams. On Monday, when the first game of this series was played at Riverton, junior pitcher Tanner Draper picked up his sixth win of the season in a shutout over Pleasant Grove, 10-0. But this game was all about winning the final home game of the season for the Viking seniors.
After the win, Harmon said, "I love the game, my team mates and my coaches. Without them, we wouldn't be able to do anything. We are not a one man team, we do it together."
By the numbers, the Vikings won't be going to the state playoffs and stand at 4-10 in region, 13-11 overall. Henry added, "Next year will be a re-building year." Harmon, Barnhart and Peterson are three players the Vikings may have a tough time replacing.
Riverton is now 7-7 in region and 12-12 overall. Both teams play one more game on Wednesday at Riverton to end the regular season.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports Vikings varsity sports for Deseret Connect.