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VIEWMONT ROLLS OVER BINGHAM

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The Viewmont Vikings cruised to a 10-0 victory over Bingham Tuesday night to remain one of two unbeaten teams in the double elimination 5A tournament. The Vikes will play Taylorsville, the other unbeaten team, tonight at 6:30 at Franklin Quest Field.

The Vikings only had to play five innings thanks to a high school rule that declares the game over when either team goes up by 10 or more runs after the fifth inning. That was good news for Viewmont since it meant staff ace Jeff Garff only had to throw 73 pitches. That means a lot during the week long tournament, when pitching depth can be the most important factor. The rules don't allow anyone to throw more than 14 innings a week, so it takes at least three solid starters plus a bullpen to have a chance at winning the whole thing.Viewmont manager Roger Farnsworth admits that the biggest part of his job right now is juggling throwers. "It seems like Taylorsville has ten guys who can throw," he said. "I don't have that kind of depth. It will be a chess match from tomorrow on."

Garff held the Miners to four hits while striking out nine of the 21 hitters he faced. Farnsworth hopes to pitch Garff and Monday starter Troy Beckman again as soon as possible. "Our first two starters come back pretty quick. We'll use them as much as we can."

The Vikings started quick on offense with four of their first five hitters banging out singles. They scored three runs in the first and followed up with four more in the third when Shae Cook and Craig Peterson both doubled.

In other action on Tuesday:

Taylorsville 16, Orem 4

The Warriors moved their record to 2-0 in the tournament as Brett McDermaid hit for the cycle. That's a rare enough feat in itself. What is even rarer is to do it in order from single to homer and do it in five innings.

In the third, after notching his single and double, McDermaid hit a bases-loaded shot to right-center that came within a foot of going over the wall. While the Tiger outfielders gave chase, McDermaid raced around the bags to get a bases-clearing triple.

That set up McDermaid's fifth inning at bat. Did he know he had a chance to hit for the cycle? "It went through my mind," he said. The hitter behind him, Chris Lyman, told him simply, "Hit a home run." McDermaid answered, "No, I'm just gonna get a base hit." Instead he barely cleared the left field fence to complete the cycle.

Home runs were frequent at Murray's Ken Price Park. Its center field fence stands just 350 feet from home plate as compared with 420 at Franklin Quest Field. Over the first two days of the 4A and 5A tournaments, 17 home runs were hit at Ken Price while only three went out of the yard at FQ. Even Taylorsville second baseman Zack Rappleye, who looks small enough for even Muggsy Bogues to post up on, managed to muscle one over the 325 sign in left field.

Mountain View 8, Hillcrest 4

This game had the most exciting finish of the day. In the top of the seventh, Hillcrest sophomore Ryan Fox hit a two-run homer to tie the game. However, the Bruins' Casey Child answered with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to send the Huskies home for the year.

Alta 16, Skyline 4

The Hawks showed they are fully recovered from thier heartbreaking loss to Taylorsville on Monday by pounding out 14 hits against Skyline.

Kenny Christensen led the Hawks on offense with a homer while Jason Paulsen held the Eagles to one run in six innings of relief.

Dave Keith homered for Skyline before they were eliminated.