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No one can say the Jordan Beetdiggers didn't earn the Automotive League championship Saturday night.

Jordan scored two dramatic wins in its last at-bat. In the championship, the Beetdiggers scored six runs in the top of the seventh to beat perennial state powerhouse Taylorsville 13-10.

Earlier, Jordan beat Timpanogos 3-2 when Sam Van Dyken slashed a single to rightfield in the bottom of the seventh.

After a 17-7 loss to Taylorsville Friday, the Beetdiggers had to do double duty Saturday. The Beetdiggers were motivated to avenge the previous day's loss.

"We played with a lot of heart and determination," said tournament MVP Ryan Stronk.

Along with heart and determination came great composure after falling behind 10-7 in the bottom of the sixth against Taylorsville Saturday. Jordan had led the whole way before giving up six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

But after the close win over Timpanogos, Jordan coach Mike Wright was a little frustrated but still confident his team would pull it out.

"I knew my guys were going to come back," Wright said.

In the seventh, Warriors pitcher Mike Mathews came in with the bases loaded and walked two batters to make the score 10-9. Dustin Long replaced Mathews and hit Van Dyken with a pitch to tie the game at 10-10. With Kyle Guest at the plate, Long threw a wild pitch to give Jordan the game-winning run.

For insurance, Guest knocked in two runs with a hit that slipped out of Taylorsville centerfielder Sean Lucero's glove to give Jordan a 13-10 lead.

Jordan could have used playing two games as an excuse but didn't see it as a disadvantage.

"I think we had the upper hand," Stronk said. "We were pumped that we had won. That's what we wanted to do — beat Timpanogos for a chance to play Taylorsville."

Jordan looked to have the game in hand with a 7-4 lead when the bottom of the sixth started. Taylorsville's offense erupted for six runs, four of them off of Stronk, who had pitched solidly until then.

Stronk didn't blame Taylorsville's rally on his own fatigue.

"Everything I threw they hit," Stronk said.

Wright said revenge wasn't a factor for him against Taylorsville and couldn't pinpoint the difference between Friday and Saturday"s games.

"It's a new day," Wright said. "They"re a very good team. We just got some breaks here and there."