OREM — Pleasant Grove’s bid for its first state championship in 15 years will have to wait at least a few more hours.
Bingham held off Pleasant Grove, the only 5A team that had yet to lose, for the 8-7 victory on Friday afternoon at Brent Brown Ballpark to force a second 5A championship game at 5 p.m.
The Miners won their sixth straight game and in the process handed Pleasant Grove ace Easton Walker his first loss of the season.
Bingham scored at least one run in the first five innings to build an 8-1 lead. Pleasant Grove, however, rallied with one run in the fourth and five more in the fifth trimming the lead to 8-7.
It chased Bingham starter Sean Keating with two outs in the fifth, but reliever Bridger Jensen came on to get out of the jam in the fifth.
Jensen retired the side in order in the sixth, and in the seventh after Bub Wilde led off with a single, Jensen recorded three straight outs the last on a diving play by Bingham second baseman Connor Goff.
Kade Cloward went 3 for 5 with two RBIs to lead Bingham, while Aaron Marsh also had a strong day at the plate going 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Wilde went 3 for 4 for the Vikings, who uncharacteristically had a rough day defensively, committing four errors. Of the eight runs scored, only five were earned.
Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.