Prep baseball: Timpanogos beats Corner Canyon in wind-blown game

First Published      Last Updated May 22 2017 02:36 pm

Prep baseball » Bearsley knocks in the go-ahead run on wind-blown hit.

Draper • Even if the wind sometimes did die down, and its effect was somewhat mitigated by solid pitching, a good ol' 30-40 mph gust from the south did make its mark on the baseball game between Timpanogos and Corner Canyon on Thursday.

It notably happened once when Corner Canyon tied the game in the sixth. Just to be fair, it happened again when Timpanogos retook the lead in the seventh and ultimately pulled out a 4-2 win.

"The elements weren't fun, but that was a fun high school baseball game," Timpanogos coach Kim Nelson said. "Hats off to Corner Canyon, they battled. I was just happy that we battled too."

In a 2-2 deadlock, Timpanogos (15-1, 6-0) started its half of the seventh with Kadin Walker drawing a walk.

Pinch-runner Tyson Heinz came around to score the go-ahead run when Cal Beardsley hit a ball that the wind blew a good 30 feet away from its original trajectory — toward the right-field line.

"Honestly, I thought I popped it up to right field," said Beardley, who went all the way to third with a triple and then scored an insurance run on a squeeze bunt by Casey Hamilton

"The wind took it," Beardsley said. "Right when I was rounding first, I looked up and saw the right fielder running in circles."

It was the first at-bat of the day for the senior, who came in to pinch-hit.

"To this point, that's the biggest at-bat we've had for the season," said Nelson, whose team remains the only unbeaten in Region 7. "For the situation and how he came through, that was a huge at-bat."

Of course, Timpanogos had experienced the downside of a wind-carried ball only a half-inning before.

Corner Canyon (9-8, 3-3) got a walk from Nick Garrett to start the bottom of the sixth. After a pop-up, the Chargers' Mason Peters stroked a hit to right. This one hit the ground before a gust blew it toward the corner for a triple.

Thunderbirds' starting pitcher Derik Eaquinto, after putting another runner on with an intentional walk, did manage to get out of the jam by inducing a comeback grounder and then a pop-up that third baseman Kadin Walker managed to get under and corral.

In many respects, the game was a pitching battle between Eaquinto and fellow lefty Dalton Hagen from Corner Canyon.

Eaquinto, after giving up a single run in the second via a double by the Chargers' Colson Anderson, allowed only two more hits until relieved by Casey Hamilton in the bottom of the seventh.

Hamilton, with the bases loaded and two outs, got Peters to ground to first baseman Spencer Olsen — who stepped on the bag to end the game.

"We came in with pretty high expectations for the season, pretty lofty goals for everyone," said Beardsley of his team's success so far. "We're right where we want to be."