Somebody who was in a hurry shut off the stadium lights at Derks Field only minutes after Skyline edged Orem 5-4 in 4A prep baseball action Monday night.
As the banks of lights suddenly went out, Skyline followers were still acting giddy from the thrill of victory as they filed toward the aisles, while the Eagle players and coaches became hard-to-see silhouettes in the darkness as they stayed on the field to rehash their winning efforts.So much for celebration. But the sudden darkness served as a reminder to Skyline that the spoils of victory would be short-lived, with the Eagles having to turn around and resume playoff competition less than 20 hours later.
Skyline advances in the winners' bracket to face Provo in a 4:30 p.m. game today in the week-long, double-elimination tournament. Alta and Taylorsville also triumphed Monday to join the field of unbeaten teams.
The Eagles' Adam Heugly helped himself to the pitching victory in a couple ways late in the game. He knocked in the game-tying run in the fifth inning.
And after Orem's Chuck Woodhouse singled in the top of the seventh and reached second on a sacrifice bunt, Heugly picked off Woodhouse from second to take the Tigers' potential tying run off the basepaths and then got Mike Eisinger to fly out to win the game.
Skyline took an early 3-0 in the bottom of the first, with Trevor Clements' single driving in one run and Loren Knaphus' follow-up hit bringing in two more. Orem countered with a four-run fourth, with two runs coming in on Ryan Tyson's single and another pair reaching home on a a two-error mishandling of Eric Boyer's bunt.
Skyline tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth as Heugly's ground out scored Dave Overfelt. Then Scott Vincent's sixth-inning single allowed Knaphus to score the game-winning run from first.
Heugly struck out five while allowing six Orem hits over seven innings. The Tigers' Cade Schaerrer also went the full seven innings in suffering the loss.
Provo 10, Weber 1: The Bulldogs were believers in going the extra mile - or at least the extra bases.
Provo outhit Weber 11-8, but eight of the Bulldogs' hits were for extra bases - including the first six. Matt Stringham and Todd Santiago had a double and triple each, while Pat Bird and Marty Manzaneras hit a double apiece and Bill Saluone a triple. And Shawn Lassen drove in four runs with a first-inning home run and two sacrifice flies.
Reliever Nick Atkin started for Provo and picked up the win, with Lassen making a successful relief appearance, as he did in last week's upset of Bingham.
Weber's Dustin Cannon drove in his team's sole run with a bases-loaded, one-out infield single, but the Warriors - who beat Brighton in last week's inter-region playoff with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning - couldn't put their big-hit attack into action.
Taylorsville 7, Viewmont 1: The defending champion Warriors won their second straight playoff game against a higher-seeded opponent, using a couple of timely hits and Viking miscues to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Nic Deluca and winning pitcher Travis Parker added two more runs in the third - Deluca tripled and scored as the throw from the outfield was dropped by the cut-off man, and Parker followed with a solo homer.
Taylorsville collected 12 hits, while Parker held Viewmont to four hits and one run.
Alta 7, Granger 6: Ken Sharp, James Despain, Scott Shuler and Ryan Bills combined to account for 11 of the Hawks' 14 hits and five of the team's seven runs. Each also contributed to Alta's five-hit, three-run third inning, when the Hawks exchanged a 3-2 deficit for a 5-3 lead that they would never relinquish.
With the Hawks adding a run in both the third and fourth innings, Bills picked up the win and Sharp the save as Alta held off Lancer rallies - a run in the bottom of the second, fifth and sixth innings.