Riverton • Riverton shortstop Trevor Peterson took long strides to the batter’s box, with the game potentially riding on his at-bat. He tapped the bat on the plate, thinking one thing: Put the ball in play.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the seventh of a tied game.
Riverton 2,Lehi 1
O The Silverwolves win on a walk-off error after battling through a pitcher’s duel.
» Grant Dixon throws six-plus innings for Lehi in the loss. » Trevor Peterson goes 2-for-3 with a walk and forces the game-winning error with a sharp grounder.
There were no outs, so any ball off his bat would have the potential to end the game. He worked the count in his favor, then swung, hitting a sharp grounder to the right side of a drawn-in infield. The ball bounced under the legs of the second baseman.
The runner on third hurried home, and the Silverwolves skipped out of the dugout to mob Peterson at first. They’d come from behind to outlast Lehi 2-1 in their Region 4 opener.
"I wanted to get a deep fly ball, get something elevated so I could hit something hard," Peterson said of his game-winning at-bat. "It didn’t work out that way, but I just wanted to score him and I did."
Riverton’s game-winning rally concluded a contest that was at times a pitchers’ duel and at other times a mess.
Lehi hurler Grant Dixon pitched six-plus innings, giving up just two runs, while Silverwolves starter Ashton Montoya tossed four scoreless, which included escaping a first-inning jam with a double-play ball.
"I just had to clear my mind and start pitching," Montoya said. "I just tried to start over and forget about the first."
But things got sloppy late in the game, as a run-scoring balk allowed the Silverwolves to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth, and a series of base-running miscues cost the Pioneers a chance to regain the lead in the seventh.
And when the Silverwolves loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the inning, Peterson made sure the opportunity to capitalize on the Pioneers’ mistakes wouldn’t go to waste.
"I think it was a little bit of luck," Peterson said of how the Silverwolves pulled out the win. "But I think we’ve got some good chemistry. We just came together as a team."
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