SANDY — The Jordan Beetdiggers gave the Lehi Pioneers all they could handle Tuesday afternoon in the Pioneers' season opener.
A Colton Shaver deep two-run drive over the left center-field fence paved the way for the Beetdigger bats all day long in their 14-4 victory over Lehi (0-1) in five innings.
“It was a low curveball. I was just looking at the laces. That’s what I was taught, and as soon as I saw that pitch coming out I knew that was my pitch,” said the sophomore starting catcher about his two-run dinger.
The Shaver home run put Jordan on the board in the bottom of the first after Lehi opened the game with three runs.
Jordan trailed 3-2 after Shaver's bomb, but the Pioneers' lead didn't last long as the starting pitcher for the Beetdiggers, Tyler Swan, produced a two-out triple to right center field. The following batter, center fielder Cale Hathaway, produced an RBI single to tie it up at 3-all.
Then things went straight out of control for Jordan in the second inning as it sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs on six straight hits through the middle of the order. The 'Diggers took advantage of three Lehi errors in the inning.
Shaver came through with his second hit of the day, a double off the left-field fence, to go along with his third RBI for the game to put Jordan up 5-3. Right fielder Conner Ogden came up next with his lone hit of the game, a two-run double to put Jordan up 7-3. Swan followed with his second hit of the day to bring in another run. Austin Anderson and Tanner McCarthy then followed up with two more RBI singles from there to give Jordan a 12-3 lead after only two innings.
“More than anything it’s getting out in the sunshine, and staying on the baseball and putting on a plan that we’ve been working on all winter,” said Jordan head coach Ron Anderson about his team’s offensive outburst. “We’ve seen a lot of scrimmages against our own pitching and that prepares hitters to get ready for game situations.”
Jordan had eight batters drive in runs during the rout of the Pioneers.
Swan pitched four sold innings and the Beetdiggers' smooth defense helped them to hold their lead through the rest of the game.
And then there was Shaver, who starred offensively for the 'Diggers.
“He’s a next-level hitter, and so we expect him to hit that kind of pitching that hard. He’s still learning, but we expect him to hit the long ball — and he does — but more importantly we expect him to control our young pitchers and he does that very well behind the dish,” said coach Anderson about Shaver’s game.
The victory is the first on the year for the Beetdiggers (1-1).
“It gives us a good set of confidence on our shoulders. It was a clean game. The bats came around,” said Shaver about his team’s first win. “Today our pitcher Tyler Swan was feeling his fastball and his curveball. That was working good for him today.”