Spartans score 14 runs in two innings against Parowan.
By Neil K. warner
| Special to The Tribune
Kearns • Even Emery coach Steve Gordon was getting a little nervous.
Parowan had knocked Emery ace Dillon Wilstead out of the game and had a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning of Saturday’s Class 2A state baseball championship game at Kearns High School.
But there was no need to panic the way Emery has been swinging the bat.
The Spartans charged back to score 14 runs in two innings to win the title with a 15-9 win over Parowan.
"We had seven sophomores out on the field out there," Gordon said. "I think we were a little tight. It was a big game for them, but they came through. The first three innings we chased a lot of pitches off the plate. We just told them not to swing at the offspeed stuff off the plate, and after that our kids were more disciplined."
Parowan took charge of the game early with three runs in the second. Austin Pickett tripled and Justin Hulett walked then stole second. Dakota Veaker singled in two runs.
The Rams continued to add to their lead. Tristin Adams hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Jake Topham tripled and scored in the fourth.
Meanwhile, Emery struggled to get anything going against Parowan starter Austin Pickett, who had the Spartans shut out through three before they broke out for seven runs in the fourth.
Wilstead led off the inning with a walk. Marco Mota singled before Fram McDermott walked to load the bases. Ethan Tuttle then walked to force in a run.
Tanner Lake followed with a two-run single, and Ridge Nielson singled in a run. The Rams then gave Emery a little help. Tappen Draper reached base on an error, which allowed two runs to score. Two more Parowan errors set up a sacrifice fly by Wilstead that capped the inning.
Not content with their lead, the Spartans struck for another seven-run inning in the fifth. Nielsen doubled in two runs and Tyson Roper singled in two runs to push the lead to 11-5. Wilstead and McDermott both singled in a run to make the score 14-5.
Parowan went down swinging. The Rams scored four runs in the sixth thanks to a Caleb Murphy double and another triple from Pickett, but Emery pitcher Baylee Bolotas, who relieved Wilstead in the fourth, got out of the inning and closed out the game by retiring Parowan in order in the seventh.
For Parowan, the loss ended an impressive tournament run. After losing to Grand in the second round, the Rams battled all the way back to the title game. They eliminated San Juan, Millard, Beaver and Kanab to get to the title game.