Taylorsville • Despite a rough start to Wednesday’s Class 5A winners’ bracket quarterfinal game, the Lone Peak baseball team hung around, chipped away, and battled. All it had to do was hang in there against Taylorsville, hoping momentum would soon turn in its favor.
“You know what, it didn’t start out very well,” Lone Peak coach Matt Bezzant said. “Pregame tells a lot about intensity for the game, and our pregame wasn’t very good. We came out, and we booted the ball around. I think we had seven errors in the game.”
Finally, near the end, good fortune came the Knights’ way.
Taking advantage of the Warriors’ seventh-inning pitching change, the Knights rallied for seven runs — four coming with two outs after the game was tied. Lone Peak went on to upset Taylorsville 12-8.
Lone Peak’s Trevor LaHargoue plated the go-ahead run plus one more as he drilled a liner that was just over the outstretched arms of the left fielder.
“I don’t have any words for it, I’ll be honest,” Bezzant said. “You know, [we’re] finding guys that are just battling. Taylorsville is a great team, they are. Coach Brown does a fantastic job with them. We’re very fortunate the momentum just hit us and we just kept going.”
The momentum slowly started to shift as the Knights’ Matt Lee came on in relief during the fourth inning — surrendering only three runs in three innings. In a way, Lee was a calming presence for his teammates.
“[Lee’s] carefree out there, and that’s what I love about him,” Bezzant said.
As Lee held Taylorsville in check, Lone Peak caught fire at the plate, scoring all 12 of its runs from the fourth inning on.
“We came out battling like we always do. A lot of it was our dugout, too. Our dugout’s really loud and helps us out all the time,” LaHargoue said.
The Warriors had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh, but their bats were stymied by the Knights’ new late-inning weapon, pitcher Seth Corry — sending Lone Peak and its momentum to the 5A winners’ bracket semifinals.
Class 5A baseball
• Copper Hills 6, Viewmont 3
• Layton 7, Bingham 5
• Lone Peak 12, Taylorsville 8
• Jordan 4, Fremont 1
At Kearns High School
• Copper Hills vs. Layton, 4:30 p.m.
• Lone Peak vs. Jordan,7 p.m.
Storylines Knights 12, Warriors 8
R Lone Peak scores seven runs in the seventh inning to come away with the upset.
• The Knights’ Grant Lyman goes 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.