Let's examine the facts. In three playoff games Tooele has scored 31 runs and outscored its opponents 31-8. After Tuesday's 11-4 win over Olympus, the Buffaloes were one of two undefeated teams left in the 4A tournament.
Consensus is now that Tooele's the team to beat in the 4A baseball tournament."No doubt," said Olympus coach David Wiseman when asked if Tooele was the favorite. "We didn't play that bad. That's just a great team. Steve (Hansen, Tooele coach) doesn't get enough credit."
Tuesday afternon at Serge Simmons field in Ogden, Tooele impressed Weisman in the first inning when Nick Nunley and Shanz Leonelli led off the game with singles. Olympus starter Bart Norris then hung a curve to Tooele's Trent Pratt, who sent it over the left-field fence. The Buffaloes scored two more runs in the inning to go up 5-0.
Tooele added another run in the second and after Olympus scored once in the fourth, took a 9-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth.
The rally started when Tooele's Charlie Lawless reached base on an error. Scott Rounds then doubled and Scott White walked to load the bases. Geremy Smith then hit a sacrifice fly and James Lawless drove in a pair of runs with a single.
But Olympus wasn't dead yet. The Titans trailed 6-1 against Bear River on Monday night and rallied to win.
In the bottom of the fifth Olympus scored two runs off a Tooele error and singles from Ray Geersten, Nick Rice and Jason Hall, but Leonelli, the Buffaloes starter, worked out of a jam by getting the next two Olympus batters to ground out and pop up.
Pratt hit two home runs in the game and drove in five runs. Scott Rounds went 4-for-4 and Nunely went 3-for-4 for Tooele.
Olympus got to Leonelli for 10 hits. Rice, Geersten, Van Edwards and Jason Hall all finished with two hits.
"It surpises me (how well the team has done), but there's a lot of ball still to play," Hansen said.
In other action:
Provo 9, East 3: After giving up a leadoff homer to East's Bryce Geyer, Provo starter Bryce settled down and gave up just four hits the rest of the game as the Bulldogs beat the Leopards 9-3.
Ken Hardy smashed a three-run homer in the sixth to cap off Provo's scoring. Brian Moore had two hits for East.
Murray 4, Box Elder 3: Tyler Nevenner went 3-for-3, drove in a run, and helped the Spartans play another day by pitching a complete game five-hitter in eliminating the Box Elder.
Mark Larson, singled, doubled, and scored two runs for the Bees.
Mountain Crest 12, Bear River 3: The Mustangs struck for five first-inning runs and rolled to a 12-3 win over Bear River, eliminating the Bears from the 4A state tournament.
Mountain Crest smacked 15 hits as seven different players doubled. T.J. Hess led the attack with a 3-for-4 performance. Russ Guymon had two hits and drove in four runs. Andy Olson and Nate Blotter drove in three runs apiece.