Prep baseball: Tyler Zupon’s big hit lifts Bingham to 18-14 win over Jordan
Bingham 18, Jordan 14 • The junior’s three-run triple highlights team’s seven-run sixth inning.
Published: April 26, 2014 11:21AM
Updated: April 26, 2014 10:55AM
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Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune After trailing 7-1, Bingham managed to tie the score 7-7 on this run scored by Riley Akers in the third inning. Jordan led Bingham 8-7 in the fourth inning at Bingham, Friday, April 25, 2014.

South Jordan • Tyler Zupon decided to deviate from the script.

Patience has its place but enough already.

With one swing of the bat Zupon delivered a key 3-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning that helped Bingham to an 18-14 win over Jordan on Friday afternoon in what Zupon said was the craziest game he’d even seen.

“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit. When you put a good swing on a good pitch you just let things happen,” Zupon said. “It felt great to get the clutch hit. I was just praying that the ball stayed fair.”

Bingham trailed 7-1, 11-7 and 14-11, before the Miners scored seven runs in the sixth inning to complete a stunning comeback and hand Jordan, 5A’s top-ranked team, its first region loss of the year.

More improbable than the comeback was how Bingham could be in the game after its pitching staff handed out a total of 15 free passes. The Miners walked in five runs and allowed four runs to score off wild pitches. It appeared to be hopeless, especially when Jordan’s No. 7 came up with a three-run double in the top of the sixth to put the Beetdiggers up 14-11 but what goes around comes around.

Bingham’s Sean Keating led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk. Austin Florez promptly singled and Riley Akers walked to load the bases. Connor Goff singled in two runs to trim the lead to 14-13. Then with two outs Kade Cloward reached base on an error and Landen Measom drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game.

Zupon followed with a triple down the right-field line. He then scored on one of Jordan’s five errors on the day. The rest was up to Measom, who got Beetdiggers to go quietly in the seventh to finish off the win.

“It was a crazy game. Things like that [walks] happen sometimes,” Measom said.

“We had a four-run lead in the last inning so I just trying to throw strikes.”

The win helped Bingham improve to 5-4 in Region 3 play and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of Jordan, who fell to 8-1.