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Lefty stymies Green River; Piute outlasts Wendover

In 16 games this season, Green River's winning percentage of .941 (16-1) has been flat out dominating.

The Pirates won the Region 16 championship and averaged 14 runs per game in getting to the 1A state baseball semifinals.Green River's only loss of the year was 8-7 to Wendover, a team the Pirates also beat 16-1.

But In Green River's 17 games this year, guess how many lefthanded pitchers the team saw?

None.

Friday afternoon on the campus of Utah Valley State College, the Pirates ran into their first lefty and couldn't touch him.

David Henrie held Green River to just one hit over 41/3 innings as Panguitch posted a 3-1 win.

"That was the difference - pitching," said Green River coach Dale Richards. "We hadn't seen a lefty all year, and he did a great job. If we had to lose to someone, I'm glad it was them. That's just a good ball club."

Panguitch broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning when Chad Ostrom singled in Austin Owens with the go-ahead run.

Ostrom went 3-3 with a double for the Pirates, who now take on Piute for the state 1A title Saturday at 1 p.m. at Utah Valley State College.

Piute 7, Wendover 6

Piute advanced to the 1A championship game with a three-run 7th inning that gave the Thunderbirds a 7-6 win over Wendover.

"I challenged them before we played the last two innings to play better and erase some of the mistakes we made," said Piute coach Kennedy Sylvester. "I'm very proud of the way our kids came back."

Dusty Esplin led off the seventh with a single and stole second. Mike Hansen then singled him home and stole second, too.

An infield single from Trail Kreitzer moved Hansen to third. Kreitzer then took second without a throw.

Piute tied the game when Ken Coates sqeezed Hansen home with a well-executed bunt.

Clay James then singled to put Piute ahead.