Prep baseball: Pitcher’s return carries Juan Diego past Wasatch
Published: April 16, 2013 05:04PM
Updated: May 3, 2013 11:31PM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune Juan Diego player (middle) Alex Gudac catches a fly ball to end the inning during a game against Wasatch at Juan Diego High School in Draper on April 11, 2013. Juan Diego went on to win the game 6-1.

Draper • The purpose of Troy Davis’ late-night phone call to Ryan Green on Wednesday was two-fold.

First, Juan Diego’s coach wanted to find out how Green was doing after an asthma attack landed the junior at InstaCare. Secondly, he wanted to see if the right-hander was healthy enough to pitch against rival Wasatch on Thursday.

“He asked me if I was ready, and I told him I was good to go,” Green said.

In a 6-1 victory against the Wasps, Green pitched a complete game, striking out six and walking two. Normally a changeup pitcher, Green went to his secondary stuff to hold Wasatch to only four hits.

“Green’s command of the curveball and using his fastball when they weren’t expecting it was incredible,” catcher Tyler Olsen said. “Considering he was in the hospital yesterday, Ryan was really impressive.”

The Soaring Eagle took chances running the bases, and that paid dividends. Juan Diego scored two in the third as Josh Kirch and Alex Gudac challenged the arms of Wasatch outfielders and won.

“… We just shot the gaps and ran really aggressive,” Olsen said.

Gudac put the game out of reach in the fourth with a two-run homer that cleared the right field wall. Sitting on a 1-1 count, he was more focused on moving the baserunner than hitting a four-bagger.

“My focus was just to get [Jaden] Davis in. The wind died down at the right moment when I swung,” Gudac said. “I didn’t think it was going to clear.”

Wasatch relief pitcher Mason Holmes scored the lone run for the Wasps. He hit a solo home run in the sixth.

Olsen sensed that his players were finding the proper balance between hitting and pitching at the right point in the season. He said that they are at the level they were last year when they won the 3A state championship.

“We should blow through region and get to the state tournament and hopefully win another state title,” Olsen said.