West Jordan's baseball coach Al Poland insists that scoring runs is the Jaguars' biggest weakness. Anybody who saw them play in the West Jordan Invitational would beg to differ.
West Jordan scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, to breeze past Skyline 13-4, in the tournament championship game.It was the third time in five games the Jaguars have had eight or more runs in a single inning.
West Jordan's Brad Seare, who was named outstanding hitter of the tourney, drove in the first run in the fourth with a bases loaded single. Eight runners crossed the plate on six hits, two walks and two errors.
"Not scoring runs has been our biggest problem, but we've had really good pitching in the season," Poland said. "It's been a good tournament. Anytime you win, it's important. It's a sign of accomplish-ment, but I really didn't think we would win the tournament."
The game was called in the fifth inning, because of a nine-run lead rule. Troy Ayres laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score the decisive run.
Ayres, Ryan Leonelli and Josh Rowland were named to the All-Tournament team for West Jordan. Dave Alsop, who went 2-for-3 Sunday, was named to the team from Skyline.
Viewmont 11, Kearns 0
Viewmont pitcher Steve Jeppson put on a pitching clinic against Kearns. He struck out seven of the first nine batters, and had 12 strikeouts in only six innings.
Jeppson was named Outstanding Pitcher of the tournament for his superb one-hit, 12 strikeout performance.
Shae Cook, who hit one of Viewmont's five triples, and Kearns' catcher Chuck Smith were selected to the All-Tournament team.
Bingham 16, Cyprus 15
J.D. McBride, Curtis Wilson and Brian Jones hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Bingham overcome a 15-11 deficit.
Wilson, along with teammate Burke Nelson, and Cyprus' Brandon Smalling were All-Tournament selections.