The Bear River Bears' 8-0 shutout of Spanish Fork was more than their fifth consecutive 3A championship. It was Jordan Theurer's chance at redemption.
After losing 16-0 to Spanish Fork and getting pulled in the third inning, the hard-throwing junior retook the mound against the Dons for the title game. The double-elimination tournament offered Theurer a chance to shake off her poor outing and secure a victory for her teammates.
"It was way tough to get pulled for the first time," Theurer said. "We went into that game more focused and knew immediately that the momentum had changed."
The Bears piled on seven runs in the first inning and never looked back. For Theurer, it wasn't as much about erasing her first outing against Spanish Fork, but taking care of business for her teammates.
"We wanted to make history," Theurer said. "I wanted to win that game for our seniors."
Theurer's efforts throughout the season have been the difference-maker for the Bears. Starting every game, Theurer recorded a 20-5 record on the mound.
"She's not just the best fielding pitcher I have ever coached," Bears coach Calvin Bingham said. "She might be the best hitting pitcher I have ever seen."
Theurer has been a force of nature for the Bears at the plate all season. She hit four home runs and 10 doubles during the season, then she ripped a triple in the title game.
"If you can hit, you have to help yourself," Theurer said. "When my team needed a hit, I'd go to the plate and swing as hard as I could."
Next year's team will look different, with seven seniors graduating, but there will be no question of who takes the ball on the mound for the Bears.
"She's an all-around athlete," Bingham said. "She's the one player that you don't have to motivate because she comes to play and works hard to be the best."