Prep baseball: Taylorsville beats Riverton in matchup of aces
Taylorsville • In the top of the seventh, Dalton Carroll felt pretty good about going back on the mound to close out the game.
Heck, the seven-run lead didn't hurt his confidence.
"It's a good feeling, and I know I can relax," the senior pitcher said. "I was ready."
Carroll shut down the Riverton lineup one final time to give Taylorsville an 8-1 win on their home field in the first round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs. It was the Warriors' first home host in a number of years, so a tournament-opening victory was a small step but nonetheless important.
"Yeah, it is just the first round, but Riverton is a really good team, and that's a great pitcher we faced," coach Jake Brown said. "It was kind of a chance to prove to ourselves we are the team we think we are."
In a matchup with one of the state's best juniors in Tanner Draper, it was almost unexpected that Carroll had the better mound performance. He held the Silver Wolves to four hits - he had a no-hitter through four innings - and didn't walk a single batter.
At first, Draper looked almost equally crisp on his delivery. He had six strikeouts in the start, but by the fifth inning, he was fizzling.
His defense came up with an error that prolonged the inning, he hit a batter, and then allowed a two-out four-run rally. Carroll, Larenz Stansfield and Jackson Roper each batted in a run.
An inning later, Riverton had to switch in Jared Barton as Draper struggled with his control. The change didn't do much good, as Barton allowed three more hits and runs to come in.
The Silverwolves' only run came in the top of the sixth, as Greyson Bogden knocked in Jimi Dixon on a double. Draper had success at the plate as well, finishing 2-for-3.
Carroll and Roper each finished 3-for-4 on the day to lead the Warriors' batting effort.
Taylorsville nexts faces Alta in a home game at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Alta 17, Fremont 1 • The Hawks took off from the start, scoring 13 runs in the first inning and getting 15 hits for the game. Beau Kallas hit a home run for Alta.
Bingham 23, Hunter 0 • The Miners piled on the Wolverines, scoring 15 runs in the first and never letting them get close. Connor Williams picked up the win on the mound and tripled.
Jordan 13, Layton 4 • The Beetidggers finally broke a tie in the fifth and ran wild with it, racking up 10 hits. Mark Krueger got the win, and Brennon Anderson homered.
American Fork 5, Kearns 0 • Blake Brailsford delivered for the Cavemen, throwing a no-hitter. Danny Beddes homered for hard-hitting American Fork in the win.
Viewmont 4, Lone Peak 2 • Starter Isaac Evans kept the Knights off balance, striking out 11 to keep them at bay. Evans also had a double and two RBI to help the Vikings prevail.
Davis 5, Brighton 4 • Tyler Hall guided Davis to a home win over Brighton with a strong pitching performance. The Darts were forced to come back in the bottom of the seventh.
Copper Hills 6, Syracuse 0 • Jake Morgan's three-RBI double helped keep the Grizzlies a step ahead of home team Syracuse. Ben Wright recorded the shutout.
Wednesday, all games at 4 p.m.
• Alta at Taylorsville
• American Fork at Davis
• Viewmont at Jordan
• Copper Hills at Bingham
• Riverton at Fremont
• Brighton at Kearns
• Hunter at Syracuse
• Layton at Lone Peak