OGDEN — If this was the last time that Cam Gust would ever don his Riverton High baseball uniform, then he certainly did the Silverwolves' program mighty proud on Saturday.
Gust had a great day at the plate, smacking a couple of triples and a double to drive in three runs and help lead the 5A South All-Stars to a 10-2 victory over their North counterparts in the 69th-annual Utah High School Baseball Coaches All-Star Games at Lindquist Field.
Gust ripped an RBI triple in the first inning, drilled a two-run double in the third and tripled again leading off the seventh to cap his perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate.
"I was in the zone today, I guess," said Gust, who admitted it had been a long time since he hit two triples in one game. "I think I did it once when I was little, but not for a while. It was a special day for me today.
"I was seeing it real well," he said of the pitches he faced, "and it looked like a watermelon up there. It was one of those days, one of those good days for baseball. It's great. These guys are all great players, and it's an honor to play beside them."
Gust admitted that the prospect of perhaps never putting on that Riverton High uniform again was definitely a downer for him.
"It's kinda sad," he said. "It's a good day, because I had a good day, but it's a sad day also because it's the last time I'll wear my high school jersey. But I've got great things to come, so I'm excited to go on.
"I'm gonna go play at the University of Utah, so I've got some big things to come and I'm excited to move on in my career. It's a good way to go off (to college). It was a fun day."
The 5A South squad scored eight runs through the first three innings to pile up an 8-0 lead, then stretched it to 10-0 with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
The North stars finally broke through in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Layton's Jaden Trujillo, but with the South pitching staff combining to scatter just seven hits over the nine-inning contest, this one was pretty much over after the first three innings.
Alta's towering star Brett Snyder had a pair of base hits and drove in two runs with his second-inning single, and he also pitched an inning and struck out two of the four batters he faced.
He received the 5A game's Defensive Most Valuable Player award.
"It was great," Snyder said of the all-star experience, "lots of talent and good to play ball.
"I just tried to keep my hands inside of it and hit it the other way," he said of his 2-for-3 day at the plate. "It was nice to get some at-bats. I felt really good (pitching-wise); everything was working the way it should be, so I couldn't ask for anything more really."
Lone Peak's Hunter Trowbridge was named the game's offensive MVP after going 2 for 2 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Jayden Bearnson of Syracuse, who had a pair of base hits for the North, received the coaches' award.
Bingham's Jacob Druce drilled an RBI double in the first inning, while Lehi's Nolan Padilla and American Fork's Sean Hardman each scored a pair of runs for the South.
Layton's Logan Greenhalgh doubled, reached base all three times he came to the plate and scored a run, and his high school teammate, Dexter Paiz, had a double and scored the North's other run.
3A SOUTH ALL-STARS 19, 3A NORTH ALL-STARS 12: The South squad put at least one run on the scoreboard in seven of nine innings, taking the lead with a five-run fifth and then breaking it open with an eight-run outburst in the sixth.
Spanish Fork's Cameron Money was right on the money at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to earn the 3A MVP award.
"It's fun getting out here with everyone you played against over the year, just to come together," Money said. "We played (3A state champion) Snow Canyon in the state playoffs, so it's fun to finally get to be on the same team with them.
"It always feels good when you square one up like that," Money said of his bases-loaded triple that went to the wall in left-center in the sixth inning, "especially when you're facing pitching like we did today. Everyone's here for a reason and it feels good.
"Must be a couple weeks off, I guess, and not everyone's on their game," he said of the South squad's impressive 18-hit attack against the North's pitching. "It's fun when everyone's hitting and you get a couple extra at-bats, and it was fun. ... You haven't seen live pitching in two weeks, but it was good — I saw the ball well today. Today was a good day."
Desert Hills' Zac Ivie received the offensive MVP award after going 2 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs. Snow Canyon's Chandler Day and Riley Gates each scored a pair of runs, and Gates got the defensive MVP award.Comment on this story
Cedar's Hunter Low reached base four times and scored three runs for the South, and Dixie's Tyson Graff had a two-run double, while Juab's Tate Squire had two hits and two RBIs. Spanish Fork's Conner Johnson went 3 for 3 and scored a run, and Canyon View's Juan Lares had two hits of his own for the South stars. For the North, Wyatt Branch of Stansbury received the coaches' award after going 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Ogden's Brian Saunders had two doubles, scored three times and knocked in a run, and his Tiger teammate, J.J. Stein, went 2 for 3 with a run-scoring double.
Bear River's Broc Hill had two hits, including a double, with two RBIs and a run scored; Morgan's Lantzen Toomer had two hits, including a triple; Juan Diego's Alex Gudac had a double and scored twice for the North, and Kyle Kelly of Wasatch knocked in two runs.