Besides that, Freeman belted a single to right field to open the seventh inning. He represented the tying run, but he was left stranded. He drove in a run with a double to center-right earlier in the contest.
"Payton is a talented, talented player," Lone Peak coach Matt Bezzant said.
"He's a little unorthodox in the way he plays, but he has all of the five tools of baseball — he hits for contact, hits for power, throws with velocity, throws with accuracy and runs like a deer."
Freeman has been a machine at the plate for the Knights over the last two seasons. He finished the 2016 season with 59 RBIs and scored 34 runs. He has 31 RBIs to lead the roster and scored 22 runs this year. He has hit above .450 in both campaigns.
"He's a pretty good competitor," Bezzant said. "No moment's too big for him, and that's part of why he's had such success.
"He's a great kid, too, and well liked by everybody. He's kind of a free spirit who has fun, and we need more of that around here. He doesn't take anything too seriously and enjoys playing and being his age."
Close friend and fellow pitcher Seth Corry, who also will be expected to carry a heavy load on the mound, agreed with his coach's assessment.
Freeman is "a great friend. He always wants to do fun stuff," Corry said. "He's super active and always wants to be around other people."
Freeman isn't very vocal, but Bezzant said he's a leader by example in the clubhouse.
"He's really supportive of the guys around him and does everything he can to help the younger kids," Corry said. "If we're struggling, he tries to pump us up. He's a very positive kid all the time."
True to his reputation, Freeman didn't have much to say about himself, but he was very excited to talk about his teammates and why they're doing so well.
"I'd say the first thing is that our whole team has been buddies for a while," he said. "It's a lot easier to play with people you trust.
"When you're pitching, you're going to have off days. It's comforting to know that guys can come in and back you up. Our hitting was a little shaky at the beginning, but it's getting better and better."
Lone Peak, the top seed out of Region 4, will open the postseason at 4 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts West Jordan.
"We want to finish on top, but we don't try to think about it too much," Freeman said. "We've just got to go play. Anything can happen in baseball. You just do your best each day since that's all you can control."