Mudville finally dried up and then Taylorsville came in and cleaned up.

Tooele and Taylorsville came back Friday afternoon to a dry Mudville, actually Oquirrh Park, to finish their American Legion state tournament baseball game that was suspended Thursday night, because of a severe thunderstorm.The game resumed at the top of the ninth inning with the score tied at 7-7. In the top of the 10th inning, Taylorsville's Rommell Valladares hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to score Brodie Bevan, who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Brett McDermaid also scored on the play when the throw home was off target.

McDermaid struck out two in the bottom half of the 10th to secure the victory for the defending champs, who play Cache Valley tonight at 7:30.

The biggest play of the game came in the top of the seventh inning Thursday night. Tooele led 5-2 and had Taylorsville down to its last out. With two men on, Brandon Ballard came in to pinch hit.

Ballard smashed Tooele's hopes of an upset with a towering three-run homer over the left field fence.

"He (Coach Dave Littlewood) came up to me and told me to be ready to hit the inning before," Ballard recalled of his heroic game tying homerun. "I knew it was gone; I don't think there is a better feeling in the world. There's nothing like it."

"You don't see that very often," Littlewood said. "I just stood around in amazement."

Tooele 6, Payson 2

Tooele rebounded from its heartbreaking loss to Taylorsville to beat Payson 6-2. The victory gave Tooele a bye today and a rematch with Taylorsville Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Scott Pratt knocked a two-run homer in the third inning to give Tooele a 2-1 lead.

"You've got to give the whole team credit for the win," McBeth said. "We can win the tournament. . . . We owe Taylorsville back."

Brian McBeth went the distance on the mound for Tooele, hurling a 6-hitter and striking out 12.

Cache Valley 11, Brighton 2

Dave Webb had four RBI, including a three-run homer, to lead Cache Valley past Brighton.