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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) Viewmont third basemen Tanner Gamble bobbles a throw from home as Jordan player Mason Krueger slides saftley into third during the Class 5A playoff game at Jordan High School in Jordan, Utah on May 16, 2012.
Prep Baseball: Beetdiggers advance past Viewmont in slugfest

Beetdiggers vow to keep pitching on same level for semifinals.

First Published May 16 2012 09:24 pm • Last Updated May 17 2012 04:11 pm

Sandy • Nobody questions whether Jordan can hit the ball. Indeed, the Beetdiggers are one of the most dangerous offensive baseball teams in the state, as they have proven many times over the course of the regular season.

But if Ron Anderson’s team wants to advance past the Class 5A semifinals, which is where its run ended a year ago, he will need his pitching to hold its end of the bargain.

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"We’re better," Anderson said. "The good news is that we have five days to rest our arms, and get ready for next Tuesday."

With a 15-9 win over Viewmont on Wednesday, Jordan has advanced through the first two rounds of the double-elimination state tournament unscathed. And the Beetdiggers stayed hot, winning their seventh straight and 13 of their past 15.

As with the victory over the Vikings, Jordan broke away with a nine-run third inning. And with the 15-7 advantage, the Beetdiggers received just enough pitching from Morgan Gomez to keep an upstart Viewmont team at bay.

Colton Shaver had a big day, driving in four runs. Conner Ogden hit a home run and had five RBIs, while Mark Krueger pounded out three hits.

"We turned things around when we stopped trying to hit homers in every at-bat," Shaver said. "Once the top of the lineup started to hit, the bottom of the order started driving in runs, and we became a much more complete offensive team."

Bingham 9, Copper Hills 5 • The Miners followed up a blowout win over Hunter with a solid second round outing.

Alta 11, Taylorsville 0 • The Hawks invoked the 10-run rule in shutting out one of the more potent offenses in Class 5A.

American Fork 4, Davis 1 • The Cavemen scored four times in the top of the sixth inning. American Fork next faces Jordan.

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5A consolation

Kearns 3, Brighton 2 • Kearns narrowly avoided elimination in advancing to next week.

Syracuse 6, Hunter 2 • The Titans scored five runs in the bottom of the first to take control.

Riverton 6, Fremont 4 • Riverton scored two in the top of the 11th inning to advance.

Lone Peak 10, Layton 0 • This one ended in the sixth inning as the defending state champs stayed alive.

4A tournament

Sky View 7, Maple Mountain 1 • The Bobcats blitzed the Region 8 champs with 10 hits, as Mitchell Berryhill had a strong pitching performance to keep the Golden Eagles scoreless after the first inning.

Mountain Crest 10, Salem Hills 5 • The Mustangs broke a 5-5 tie with some late runs to pull ahead of the Skyhawks. Ben Weese earned the victory for Mountain Crest.

Skyline 3, Springville 2 • Despite two homers from the Red Devils’ Conrad Beach, the Eagles survived with Lars Lofgren delivering on the mound. Luke Myers went 3-for-3.

Murray 12, Woods Cross 4 • Cam Howe guided the Spartans to a 12-4 win on the road against Woods Cross.

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