Taylorsville • Jake Brown’s emotions after Tuesday’s rout at the hands of Bingham felt “eerily similar” to how he felt after a thumping last season.
He hopes for similar results this time around.
Brown’s Taylorsville baseball team suffered a 14-3 loss to the Miners in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round of the Class 5A state tournament.
The Warriors fell by 11 runs to Alta in last year’s quarterfinals before battling all the way back to force a winner-take-all state championship game.
“We’ve been here before,” Brown said. “We were in this same position last year. It’s not ideal — we certainly wanted to win today — but they were better than us all the way around.”
Bingham advanced to the winners bracket semifinals by pounding out 19 hits in the win. The Miners started plating runners from the get-go.
Bingham opened a 2-0 lead on an RBI double by Jacob Druce and a run-scoring single by Lance Harrison in the first inning.
After the host Warriors called time to talk over things with the bases loaded, Bingham’s Chase Tavonatti greeted Kyle Hoffman’s first pitch by slamming it deep down the left-field line to clear the bases with a double.
Brennan Lund singled in two more runs in his second at-bat of the opening frame before the damage finally was done.
“Those things don’t happen very often,” Bingham coach Joey Sato said. “Their pitcher, Hoffman, is a wonderful player. I love him to death. We’d take him in a heartbeat. For us to get some swings off him early in the game, knowing what kind of competitor he is, that was big for us.”
Taylorsville did bounce back with three runs in the bottom of the first, including two on a hit by Miguel Othan.
But while Bingham kept on scoring, tallying three each in the second and third innings, Lund shut down the Warriors over the next four innings of the mercy-rule shortened game. Of the 12 outs the Miners recorded from the second through the fifth, nine were strikeouts.
“I got a little jittery out there with it the first time I was throwing during a state game,” Lund said. “I was just real excited. I needed to calm down.”