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The defending Utah State American Legion Baseball champion Skyline Eagles are happy about where they are - tied with Kearns at 2-0 for the lead in the Salt Lake Valley American Legion's Gust Division.

"We're where we want to be," said Skyline pitcher Dusty Haycock. "But we have to continue to improve each game."After a 12-strikeout, one-hit effort in Skyline's 5-1 victory over Olympus last week, the 6-foot, 175-pound Haycock is right where he wants to be, too.

"I gained a lot of confidence in myself last year after we won the state championship," said Haycock, who was 5-2 in hurling the Eagles to the 4A tournament this spring.

"My coach in high school (Rocky Lambourne) gave me the ball when I was a sophomore, and that showed that he had a lot of faith in me. That was really good of him.

"Then, my legion coach (Randy White) and my dad (Steve, the assistant legion coach) really push me, too. My dad has always told me that good things come to those who work hard. Now, I know that for a fact."

Not only did Skyline defeat Olympus, but the Eagles also feasted on Alta, 9-3.

Skyline kept the Alta hitters off stride by throwing pitcher Rob Sillito. "Alta is a good fastball hitting team," explained Steve Haycock. "That's why we wanted Sillito to pitch against them.

"He really pitched well. Alta got only six hits off him. Having both Dusty and Robbie in a groove like that pitching-wise, it really helps the confidence of our team."

SUDBURY DISPLAYS POWER: Brighton third baseman Scott "Buggy" Sudbury feels like he was left out of the party. The 6-1, 180-pounder was a second team 4A all-state selection in 1991, as a sophomore.

This year, the coaches who choose that team left him off the list. Bad decision.

Ask American Fork. Sudbury hit for the cycle against the Cavemen, going four-for-five with five RBI in a practice game. In defeating Hunter, 12-3, in Brighton's only league game, Sudbury went two-for-three, including a two-run home run.

In legion play, Sudbury has eight hits in 11 at-bats.