Sandy • Alta and West Jordan kicked off Region 3 play Wednesday under dark skies, chilly temperatures and a light snow flurry. The Hawks’ pitcher Mitch Page let the weather get to him in the first inning — giving up one unearned run — but from that point on, the hurler was unfazed as he finished with six strong shutout innings, earning a 2-1 victory.
"After the first inning I kind of realized I wasn’t warmed up as well [as I needed to be]," Page said. "I was leaving the ball up, so I just knew I needed stay in the strike zone and keep the ball down. It’s hard to hit that low pitch, so that’s what I was focusing on."
Alta 2, West Jordan
» Alta’s Mitch Page earns the win, pitching seven innings and surrendering just one unearned run.
» Despite the win, the Hawks were out-hit by the Jaguars 5-4.
As Page adjusted to the weather, his guys got behind him. It was a much-needed defensive effort as both teams struggling all game, offensively.
"We weren’t hitting as good, just popping it up a lot, so I knew I just needed to let my defense help me out," he said. "I just tried to throw strikes, I knew they’d help me."
The Jaguars’ pitcher Carson Pulsipher was almost as equally effective, giving up only one run until the game-deciding sixth inning. The Hawks took the lead for the first time in the sixth when CJ Packer reached on an error that plated Jesse Emery — after Emery hit a double down the right field line
"Their pitcher really kept us off balance, had a nice little breaking pitch and we were out in front of it," said Alta coach Barry Harrington. "I just told them to sit back and drive the ball — that’s what they needed to do. He did a great job of keeping us off balance, a real great job."
West Jordan threatened with a triple in the top half of the seventh, but with the tying run on third, Page refused to get stressed and got the "W." "I play better when I’m having fun, so I just tried to put a big smile on my face (and fight through it)," Page said.
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