If the date — March 10 — wasn't a dead giveaway that Monday's baseball game between Timpanogos and East was the season opener for both teams, there were plenty of other things that also made it apparent.
First, the two teams combined for 26 runs — Timpanogos 16, East 10 — 29 base hits, 16 walks and hit batters, four errors, 22 strikeouts. And each team sent eight hitters or more to the plate two times each.
At the same time, Timpanogos coach Kim Nelson saw some good things.
The lead-off hitter, sophomore Tyson Gonzales, reached base six times (four hits and two walks), scored three runs and drove in three more. The bottom four hitters in his lineup — Ian Dow, Jake Bigler, Brandon Miller and sophomore Alex Lyons — were a combined 6-for-9 in the first three innings with eight RBIs.
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"One game doesn't make us great by any means, but there are certainly some signs of things that could lead to some pretty good things," Nelson said. "We've got some questions to answer, but after one game, it looks pretty good."
The biggest question is how the T-Wolves will fare without reigning MVP Mac Nelson, who is out for the year with a ligament tear in his right shoulder.
"Some other people are going to have to step up and do it," Nelson said. "It gives some other kids a chance to see what they can do."
Timpanogos scored three runs in the top of the first but gave them back and then some in the bottom of the inning as East plated five.
The bottom of Timpanogos' lineup took over in the third and fourth innings. In those innings, the six though nine hitters drove in eight runs on six hits. Gonzales also drove in two runs in those innings as the T-Wolves opened a 13-7 lead.
"We didn't compete," East coach Terry Harward said. "When you play good teams, you have to compete."
The Leopards produced 10 hits, but in the final three innings they managed only three hits and five baserunners while striking out six times.
Starter Micah Lisonbee earned the win for the T-Wolves despite allowing seven runs in three innings. Spencer Johnson, who also had three hits, was brilliant in the final two innings as he struck out five.
Jace Bramwell had a double, triple and three RBIs, while Lyons finished with two hits and three RBIs and Bigler and Ryder Olsen had two hits each. Bigler drove in two and Olsen one.
Daniel Blakely and Camron Leavitt drove in two runs each for the Leopards.
In other games Monday:
OREM 6, WASATCH 1: Andrew Wilding pitched seven innings for Orem, giving up just one hit and striking out 10.
KEARNS 3, DAVIS 0: Zak Privett, Todd Privett and Tony Campbell combined for 13 strikeouts for Kearns.
GRANGER 2, MTN. VIEW 1: John Duncan and Nick Griffith combined for 11 K's for the Lancers.
FREMONT 14, WOODS CROSS 5: Matt Holmes and Clint Hancock combined for five RBIs for Fremont.