Orem • After two passed balls, the Jordan Beetdiggers had the winning run on third base, and Noah Hennings had just one job: Hit the ball. Hard.

After Hennings had fouled off a few cuts, Jordan coach Chad Fife approached the plate to talk to his hitter. It was a brief conversation.

“He came over to me and said, ‘Get the job done right here,’” Hennings recalled. “‘This is the guy we want up.’”

After a long, feisty at-bat, Hennings finally connected on a long fly ball to center field, scoring Hunter Swapp on a sacrifice fly and initiating the mercy rule in an 11-1 walk-off win over Olympus in the 5A state title game on Friday afternoon. The five-inning victory at UCCU Ballpark concluded an awe-inspiring run of dominance from the Beetdiggers, who won 18 straight games on the way to their third baseball state title in school history.

That included a shelling throughout the state tournament, during which Jordan hammered 64 hits and scored 63 runs across just five games against their best 5A competition.

Friday morning saw the Beetdiggers quickly quash the scrappy Titans, who had won six straight games through the consolation bracket to reach the finals. Olympus sent out ace lefty Harrison Creer, who gave up five hits and three walks in the first inning alone.

Seven of Jordan’s eight first-inning runs came with two outs, sparked by a two-run single by Drew Jones, then another three coming on a three-run homer by catcher Noah Bachman — the senior’s first of the season.

It was nothing new to Fife’s eyes: It was all part of the same tear the Beetdiggers have been on since mid-April, when they beat bitter rival Cottonwood in the third game of a three-game series. Since then, Jordan only scored less than 10 runs in two of their last 18 games, all wins. That showing convinced Fife (and more than a few of his players) to bleach his hair blond.

“We finally got them all on the same page,” Fife said. “They just went crazy these last four weeks.”

The swift two-hour conquest also couldn’t have been achieved without good pitching: Right-handed senior Gage Edwards kept the Titans off-balance at the plate with his uptempo style, and he recorded five strikeouts against just three hits and three walks in a complete-game effort.

The Titans finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning: Catcher AJ Affleck swatted a solo home run to left center, cutting into the Jordan lead 10-1 — just enough to hold off the mercy rule.

Fife had a meeting at the mound with Edwards as he faced Hayden Curtis, Olympus’ best hitter. It was a similar message to the one he had for Hennings minutes later.

“I just [hoped] we didn’t let him get a pitch to hit out,” Fife said, “and make us play longer.”

For Jordan, the title represents a personal kind of validation: Their last two losses came to Cottonwood, a team that many of the Beetdiggers have been measuring themselves against for a long time. The Colts exited in the quarterfinals, and now Jordan has a new piece of hardware to post in its halls.

The only question left for many of the Beetdiggers: Do they stick with the hair color that guided them to a championship?

“I don’t know, I was gonna cut it,” Edwards said. “Now I’m starting to dig the blond.”