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5A baseball: Spanish Fork survives 2 from Maple Mountain to claim championship in best-of-3 finale

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)


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WEST JORDAN — After a 4-2 win Friday night in the first game of the best-of-three Class 5A state baseball championship against Maple Mountain, Spanish Fork had to wait a little longer to celebrate another title.

The wait was worth it.

Winning pitcher Zac Dart had a home run and three RBI to help the Dons pump out 19 hits and rolled to a 14-3 win over crosstown rival Maple Mountain in the third game of the championship series Saturday afternoon at Salt Lake Community College's Cate Field in West Jordan.

Hunter Rasmussen and Blair Nielson each added two doubles for the Dons (22-11), who held the Golden Eagles scoreless until the bottom of the fourth en route to their first state title since 2015 and eighth overall. By then, Spanish Fork led 4-2, and Dart and the Dons' defense did the rest.

"We had our ups and downs, and mentally we were down after we had a bad start to region," Dart told the Daily Herald. "But at the same time we had our team motto, 'why not us?' from the 2004 Boston Red Sox. That's how it was all time. We lost our first game in the tournament but it was just why not us because we knew what we had to do was to compete and we love each other, so let's roll."

Tyler Nelson had two doubles to lead Maple Mountain, which out-raced Spanish Fork 10-5 in the first game of the day to even the series. Nelson was the winning pitcher in that game, and Benji Horsley and Jackson Hollinghaus each added three RBI for Maple Mountain (22-12) in the second game.

The Dons added to their spring championship haul after Spanish Fork's softball team cruised to its fourth state title since 2015 — and seventh overall — Friday afternoon at the Spanish Fork Complex.

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