Orem knew if it could hit consistently in this week's American Legion baseball tournament at Oquirrh Park, it could beat anybody. Skyline's Bryson Ostler made sure it couldn't.
After struggling in his last two pitching outings before the tournament, Ostler tossed a four-hitter to lead his Skyline squad to a 14-2 drubbing of Orem and its powerful batters to remain the only undefeated team in the double-elimination tournament."He has been up and down but he rose to the occasion," said manager Randy White. "He did it against a team that hits extremely well."
Ostler took Wednesday's game seriously enough that he spent the previous night looking at film of his own pitching from earlier in the year.
"It's all mental," he said.
Part of his success was due to his command of his fastball.
"I was hitting spots with it and then throwing a curve. I was mixing it up."
Orem scored a run in the fourth and fifth but committed six errors to help Skyline invoke the ten-run rule after scoring four in each of the final three frames of the six-inning affair. Jason Anderson managed two doubles to lead the offense.
Being the only unbeaten team gives Skyline the luxury of a day off today while the rest of the field must battle to stay alive.
"It (the rest) helps us tremendously, especially in pitching," said White. "We're in pretty good shape, we have (pitching) arms we haven't even used yet."
Orem falls into the ranks of the beaten for the first time and will face Jordan who is now 3-1 after 47 years of winless participation.
"I don't see any reason why we can't win it all," said Ostler. "They've got to beat us twice."
In other American Legion action:
Jordan 3, Brighton 2: Jordan stayed alive after edging Brighton in eight innings when Matt Wollom knocked in Ben Gerona for the winning RBI in the extra frame.
Alta 8, Hillcrest 6: Alta advanced behind a Mike Goff two-run homer, a Bart Sharp triple and three Hillcrest errors.
Bonneville 11, Roosevelt 4: Bonneville made the most of its chances, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits, sending Cinderella Roosevelt home.
Alta will meet Bonneville while Orem faces Jordan. Both games will start at 7 p.m.