Sandy • The ball jumped off the bat of Brighton’s Joe Miller, and it streaked through the cold wet air on its way to a final destination that would determine the game, one way or another.
Miller began sprinting for first as Jordan pitcher Morgan Gomez spun around. Second baseman Parker Anderson shuffled to his right and leaped. He snagged the liner at the apex of the jump, and like that, the Bengals’ two-out rally, and the game, were over.
Jordan 2,Brighton 1
O Jordan’s Morgan Gomez worked a complete game, giving up one run while striking out 12.
» The Beetdiggers’ early missed opportunities allowed Brighton to stay in the game.
After starting the game stagnant and failing to capitalize on early scoring situations, Jordan survived late, beating Brighton 2-1 Thursday afternoon in a game that began in a snow flurry and ended under blue skies.
"There’s no reason that should have been a 2-1 game," said Gomez, echoing what Jordan coaches told the players in a postgame huddle. "We need to come out more intense and not flat. Obviously it teaches us a lesson."
The Beetdiggers’ early trouble was clear when they loaded the bases in each of the first two innings and came away with just one run, as Brighton starting pitcher T.J. Orchard worked his way into and out trouble.
And when the Bengals put runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh, the Beetdiggers’ missed opportunities nearly came back to haunt them. But Gomez, who worked a complete game and struck out 12, was confident throughout, even as Miller’s liner hung in the air.
"From a hitter’s standpoint I was worried [about the missed opportunities], but I knew our defense could get the job done," Gomez said. "Because I was feeling pretty good on the mound and I knew I was going to get the job done for our team."
Gomez said the game will serve as a lesson to Jordan. That it was able to start the game unfocused and still win speaks to the talent of the Beetdiggers, who are among the Region 3 favorites. But next time they might not be so fortunate.
"I think we thought it was going to an easy game, which is not correct to ever do," Gomez said. "There’s no reason to be flat and we know that. We’re lucky to learn that in a game we won."
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