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Prep baseball: Bingham slaps its way past Spanish Fork

Published March 20, 2013 8:55 am

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South Jordan • The sweet spot for the Bingham baseball team Tuesday was on the bat — and in right field.

An opportunistic brand of ball, distinguished by disciplined hitting, carried the Miners to a 7-3 victory over Spanish Fork. A four-run fifth inning, marked by three opposite-field hits by batters swinging from the right side of the plate, erased a one-run deficit to the visiting Dons.

"When we get on base, we just focus on line drives opposite-field," said Bingham senior Brennon Lund, who went 3 for 4. "Don't try to hit it too hard — don't go for triples, just singles. That's all we work on in BP is opposite-field.

"If you pull a ball, you get a swing taken away."

Lund hit a solid single to right with one out and the Miners trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth. Spanish Fork (5-1) could have put a quick end to what turned out to be the game-winning rally, but a probable double-play grounder resulted in an error.

The next two Bingham batters, Baxton McKee and Jacob Druce, shot hits into right field for a 4-3 advantage. Two walks led to two more runs before the inning ended.

An insurance run was added in the sixth when Lund doubled and was driven home by T.J. Bowcutt — on another opposite-field hit.

Spanish Fork starting pitcher Conner Johnson eventually faltered in that four-run fifth inning, but he hardly could be faulted for the outcome.

A Lund grounder to short took a very high bounce and allowed him to scamper to first on an infield hit in the first inning. Bowcutt then hit a towering pop-up, which fell after miscommunication between the Dons' first and second basemen. Two runs scored in that inning, the last thanks to a seeing-eye grounder between short and third.

"This is the best game we've played this year," Spanish Fork coach Jim "Shoe" Nelson said. "Yeah we got beat, but credit Bingham — they're an outstanding team.

"Conner hasn't thrown like we think he's capable of, and that was very encouraging the way he threw. Other than a couple of mistakes we made, he was tough." —

Storylines Bingham 7, Spanish Fork 3

R Bingham rides a bevy of opposite-field hits to hand Spanish Fork its first loss of the season.