SOUTH JORDAN — In a wild final inning, Bingham saw its lead completely evaporate against Skyline. The Eagles held a one run advantage and needed just two more outs to escape with an unthinkable upset victory.
A dramatic finish did indeed occur. But Miners senior Nate Peterson made sure such an ending played out in his team's favor.
Peterson doubled to the right field wall to drive in Derrick Whitney for the tying run and then provided the winning run himself on a hit from Landon Jenkins to lift Bingham to a 5-4 comeback win in the 5A baseball tournament on Thursday afternoon.
The Miners (20-2) have now won 19 consecutive games. Few among the previous 18 can match the sheer drama of this latest one.
"This is probably no. 1," Peterson said. "We've come a long way as a team and it's nice to see it's paying off."
A late rally became necessary after the Eagles (17-7) whittled away a 3-1 lead over the final two innings.
Skyline pulled within a run in the sixth when Casey Gerdes doubled to the left field fence and drove in Mike Staes. The Eagles then took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Trey Nielsen smacked a ground ball into left field and brought in a pair of runners – Lars Lofgren and Bryce Barr.
Suddenly falling behind did not rattle Bingham for even a second. The Miners had successfully dealt with tight final innings several times before this one and fully expected to find a way to emerge unscathed once again.
"When they got up in the top of the seventh, I was not scared," Whitney said. "We're tough team. I knew we could do it."
Indeed, the dramatic upset bid ended up being for naught when Peterson belted the ball to right field and helped the Miners answer one big rally by beginning an even bigger one.
"We've battled all season," Whitney said. "That's our third game that we've won in the 7th inning. We're a tough team in the late innings. We're not going to lay down and die."
Bingham got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Jacob Anderson belted one out to center field to bring in Gavin Littledike and make it 1-0. Anderson nearly had a triple on the play, but he ended up getting tagged out before he could make it to third base in time.
The Eagles knotted it at 1-1 in the third after Nielsen's sacrifice fly brought home Joe Canfield. Bingham retook the lead again in the bottom of the inning. Whitney blasted a triple to right field to drive in one run and then added the first of his two runs on the day to make it 3-1.
The Miners had a chance to add to the lead before the seventh arrived, but had runners picked off on stolen base attempts on two separate occasions.