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VIEWMONT TOPS WEST JORDAN IN WILD GAME

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Viewmont beat West Jordan 7-6 Thursday in a wild one that had everything but the kitchen sink. The eight-inning epic featured two runs scoring on a suicide squeeze, both teams coming back twice when down to their last strike, and the tying and winning runs being walked in.

The inter-region playoff win means that the Vikings will be one of eight squads that will get to have their outfielders stand in front of advertising signs at Franklin Quest Field next week when the 5A classification begins its championship tournament.Next week will be double elimination, but Thursday was a solo-shot, one-and-done, sudden-death single elimination playoff. "That game was like a whole season," said Viewmont coach Roger Farnsworth. "All the games we played before this were meaningless."

The Vikes came into the game with a 17-4 record on the season. They had a lot to lose and it showed. "We were tight as a drum," said Farnsworth. "I was looking for an opportunity to do something to loosen us up. I finally got it when we squooze."

Viewmont "squeezed" in two runs in the fifth. With Jeremy Layton on third and Craig Peterson on second, Farnsworth made the gutsy call and instructed the runners to go. McEwan Bender got a perfect bunt down on the first pitch and Layton came home. When the Jaguars threw out Bender at first, Peterson, without hesitating at third, came home just ahead of the throw to put the Vikes up 4-3 at that point.

That was far from the end, though. The Jaguars were down 5-4 in the seventh and Jeremy Hymas had two strikes. There would be no third as Hymas got awarded first base on a catcher's interference call. Two batters later, Brian Lianelli was also down to his last strike before hitting a single to tie the score.

Viewmont went into the bottom of the eighth down a run. After getting the first out, left-handed pitcher Brad Seare had to leave the game with a sore arm. Now it was the Vikings turn to get down to their last pitch. Chad Kawa was in an 0-2 hole before coaxing a walk. Layton came up next and had to foul off two pitches to stay alive before also getting a walk.

That left the bases loaded, and Jaguar relievers walked in the last two runs.

Dan Roden of Alta overcame a rough start Thursday to pitch his team into one of the eight spots in the 5A state tournament next week. After giving up an early home run, Roden held Weber scoreless the rest of the way and the Hawks won 3-1. Alta will play on Monday at Franklin Quest Field.

Orem 14 Bonneville 5

The Tigers, the fourth place team in Region 4, completed a complete sweep of Region 1 as they got 18 hits against the Region 1 champion Lakers.

Taylorsville 13 Bountiful 2

The top-ranked team in the state moved easily into the round of eight with a home victory. The Warriors picked up four triples, one each from Chad Miller, Jared Larson, Zac Rappeleye and Brandon Ballard.

There were also seven 4A inter-region playoff games on tap Thursday.

Woods Cross 6 Mountain Crest 2

After having to win a play-off just to get into Thursday's playoff, the Wildcats pulled a stunning upset over the Region 5 champion Mustangs. Cody Malmrose hit a home-run for Woods Cross while teammate Brad Short scattered eight hits to earn the win. The Wildcats will now enter the eight team double-elimination championship tournament beginning Monday at Ken Price Park.

Timpview 7 Cyprus 6

The Pirates, the second ranked team in 4A and Region 7 champs, lost a close one at home to the T-Birds, who came in as Region 8's fourth place team.

Spanish Fork 12 Sky View 1

The top-ranked 4A team had little trouble getting into the final eight. Jeremy Gull led the Dons with a three-run homer.

West 15 Payson 4

Jed Carter hit a three run homer in the fifth inning to break the game open for the Panthers.

Tooele 4 Box Elder 1

Scott Pratt controlled the game striking out 10 on the mound and hitting a triple that scored two runs and broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth.

Murray 8 Logan 3

J.D. Rex homered for Murray while Jess Siebenberg held the Grizzlies scoreless in six innings of relief.

Bear River 11 Jordan 5

The Bears beat the Beetdiggers on the strength on Jared Woodard's home run, double and three RBI.