For Larry H. Miller Toyota's No. 2 ranked fastpitch softball team, the George Bauman Memorial Tournament has been typical.
Friday night, Miller Toyota squeezed past the Toronto Aces, 2-1, and Saturday in their first two games, the Salt Lake team edged the Midland Explorers, 4-2, and came back to slip by the Reading (Pa.) Summers, 3-2, in extra innings.Peter Meredith relieved Billy Hillhouse in Friday night's game against the Aces in the third inning and shut them down, giving up only one hit and fanning six.
Against the Midland Explorers, Dwayne Dyck (10-2) was dominating, striking out 17 while giving up only two hits.
Meredith (10-1) came back in the game against Reading, and struck out 12, while allowing only two hits.
"Three tough wins. That's why we came here is to see better competition than we have been," said Miller Toyota coach Brad Burrup.
"In our two games today (Saturday), we really had two great pitching performances from Meredith and Dyck," he added. "Today, Peter looked like he had a lot more snap on the ball than he has this year.
"I'm pleased with the way we've hit the ball. We're moving the ball, but sometimes, we're just not getting those seeing-eye type hits."
Tom Montgromery had an RBI single, and Brett Alvey added an RBI triple.
In a four-run fourth inning against Midland, Mike Aranzullo's double scored two runs, and Pete Sporel and Kyle Magnusson both contributed RBI singles.
Mitch Munthe and Aranzullo had RBI singles, and in the eighth inning, with the international tie-breaker, Gary Daniels' sac fly scored Brian Lehrman with the winning run.
Miller Toyota (21-4), which is undefeated in the tournament, was slated to play a late Saturday night game against the defending ISC World Champion Toronto Gators. The Gators are also 3-0.