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High school baseball: Bingham, the elements too much for Warriors

Bingham High School's TJ Bowcutt slides under the tag and back safely to first base during the Miners' dominating 11-0 victory on Tuesday over Taylorsville High.
Bingham High School's TJ Bowcutt slides under the tag and back safely to first base during the Miners' dominating 11-0 victory on Tuesday over Taylorsville High.
T.j. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News

TAYLORSVILLE — Bingham pitcher Ty Hansen had much more to conquer than just Taylorsville's hitting lineup on Tuesday afternoon.

Hansen also had to battle gusting winds that could have made it difficult to throw strikes, especially with his moving two-seam fastball.

But as it turned out, Hansen's pitching and the elements were way too much for the Warriors. Hansen tossed a two-hit complete game as the Miners rolled to an 11-0 win on Tuesday afternoon. It was Bingham's 12th straight win, and the Miners stayed in a first-place tie with Riverton in Region 3.

Bingham's success started with Hansen. The hard-throwing lefty, who has signed to play at UVU, had to adjust how he threw in Tuesday's wind. He used a wider stance, and experimented with different throwing motions. Hansen, who tossed four strikeouts, also relied on a defense that made several key plays.

"It was kind of tough," Hansen said. "I just found a way to throw it."

Hansen made it easier on himself by throwing strikes and consistently getting ahead in counts. He improved to 5-0 on the season.

It took a few innings before Bingham was able to pull away from Taylorsville. In the early innings, clutch plays made by second baseman Nate Peterson were the difference. Peterson drove in runs with sacrifice flies in the first and third innings to put the Miners up 2-0. A controversial balk call gave Bingham a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Taylorsville had a chance to get something going against Hansen. The Warriors had a runner on second, and shortstop Coby Harward hit a high pop fly toward Peterson. It was a challenging catch, and Peterson made it to get Bingham out of trouble.

"It kind of made me nervous because that wind was weaving everywhere," Peterson said. "But it felt good to get it and continue to put it on them."

Matt Cluff drove in a run with an infield hit in the fourth to make it 4-0. Connor Williams hit an RBI single in the fifth and Gavin Littledike added a two-run single to make it 7-0. The Miners scored four runs in the seventh to blow the game open.

"It was a good team effort," Peterson said.

Braden Anderson had two hits, scored two runs and made a couple of difficult catches in centerfield.

"It was kind of hard," Peterson said of trying to catch balls in gusting winds. "You get a fly ball going everywhere. You just got to adjust and do what you can with it."

The Warriors, who are in danger of missing the state tournament, did have some bright spots in their infield. They turned two double plays, thanks to efforts by Harward and second baseman Colby Fratto.

Taylorsville lost its third straight game and fell to 3-7 in league play and 5-11 overall. Bingham improved to 10-0 in Region 3 and 13-2 overall.

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