"This is the kind of moment you dream about as a little kid playing in the back yard. For my last at-bat to be a game-winning home run is a great way to end my high school career."
Senior reliever Cal Beardsley managed to prevent the Dons from scoring again with the help of his defense, which had some uncharacteristically shaky moments earlier in the contest.
"This was earned," Timberwolves coach Kim Nelson said. "Even when you have good players, and we do, they still had to do the work."
At first it looked like the Dons might be able to force a second, winner-take-all game in the double-elimination tournament. Starter Cy Neilson held the Timberwolves scoreless in the first couple of innings and Spanish Fork built a 4-0 advantage.
But Timpanogos roared back in the bottom of the third with five runs to take the lead.
The Dons tied the game in the top of the fourth only to see the Timberwolves move out in front again in the bottom half. Spanish Fork drew even once more in the top of the fifth at 7, which set up Hamilton's homer.
"This victory goes back to last year," Hamilton said. "The guys who returned from that team stepped it up big."
Senior catcher Jake Brooksby also gave Timpanogos an offensive lift, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Senior shortstop Tyler Cornish wrapped up his prep career with a 2-for-4 effort and two runs scored.
Josh Edmonds also scored twice.
"When I think of this team, I'll remember a one-loss season and a state championship," Nelson said. "The challenge these last four or five weeks was to continue to do something to make progression as a team. I think we proved today that we did."