Spanish Fork defeats Lone Peak 12-6**Mtn. Crest defeats Dixie 6-5**
Orem - Spanish Fork and Mountain Crest took home state baseball championships at Brent Brown Ball park in Orem on Friday.
The Dons went into the 5A tournament as the team to beat and they looked the part in a dominant 12-6 victory over region rival Lone Peak.
The Knights had to battle back through the losers bracket after losing to Alta in the 1st round of the tournament. Friday was their 8th game of the tournament and 6th in 5 days. They ran out of gas as Spanish Fork 9 runs in the 1st three innings of the game.
Spanish Fork claims their 2nd 5A state championship in 4 years.
The 4A state championship was much closer. The Mustangs forced a true championship game with a 8-6 win Friday morning and they jumped out to an early lead in the nightcap. Chandler Smith hit a 3 run home run in the 3rd inning to give Mountain Crest a 5-1 lead.
Dixie would battle back. Chance Harmon hit a 2 run home run in the 4th inning to spark a Flyer comeback. They got within 6-5 and had a shot for another dramatic walk off win. Dallen Reber stepped up to the plate with a runner on 1st and sent a rocket off his bat to left center. It looked like the ball was leaving the yard for a walk off championship home run. But Mountain Crest outfielder Taylor Root reached up above the top of the fence and picked the ball out of the air denying Dixie the title. The Mustangs would hold on to win their 1st state baseball title in 10 years.
Brighton defeats Layton 4-0
For the first time Rio Tinto Stadium played host to the 4A and 5A soccer championships. The Layton Lancers shocked everyone by reaching the title game after taking 5th place in region 5.
Big underdogs against 5A power Brighton the defending state champs strike first in the 25th minute. Bryce Stockman's penalty kick is true to put the Bengals up one-nil. In the second half, Brighton doesn't waste any time finding the net again, a great move by Taylor Peay sets up Thomas Loomis for the finish. Brighton takes a 2-0 lead. In the 69th minute, Loomis sets up fellow Bengal Carter Babcock and he sends it in for the 3-0 lead. Then Loomis and Babcock hook up again a beautiful cross, the header is in and the score is now 4-0 and Brighton repeats as the 5A state soccer champs. shutting out Layton
Mtn. View defeats Woods Cross 3-1
4A Soccer Championship with Woods Cross and Mountain View. Mountain View's Jake Parkinson gets the ball in the open and he has no problem finishing it off in the 45th minute to make the score one to zero Bruins.
The Bruins would add two more goals and finally they won't have to hear about the "one that got away" any more. After playing for the state title the last couple of years and coming up empty, Mountain View finally claims its first soccer state title in school history.
Bingham defeats Viewmont 8-2
Last season the Bingham Miners had to work all the way back thru the losers bracket to win a state title. They didn't have that problem this year. Bingham was trying to go back to back against Viewmont in the 5A Softball Championship. In the 1st inning the Vikings Shelbi Tyteca had a basehit to right, the rightfielder misplays it, and Tyteca goes all the way to 3rd base, Megan Peay crosses the plate to give the Vikings a 1-nothing lead. It was all Bingham the rest of the way, Miners Meghan Herrick the shot to left, a ground-rule double scores Whitney Littledike, that gave the Miners a 6-run 5th inning to take control of the game. With 2 outs in the 7th Tori Almond seals the deal with the game-ending strikeout. Let the celebration begin, the Bingham Miners are your 5A State Champs.
Roy defeats Tooele 5-0
For the 3A title, Tooele needed to win twice to defend their title but Roy was just too good. Macauley Flint starts it off with a gapper to right, that's a triple. A couple of batters later, Krystin Jachim with the basehit to left, that brings in flint. The would make the score 1-0 Royals. A Couple of batters later Sam Edstrom just kills the pitch for a 2-run home run. The Royals had a 5-run lead in the 7th and with 2 outs pitcher McCauley Flint forces the pop up. The Roy Royals didn't give up a single run in the tournament in 5 games, 5 straight shutouts. They are 4A champs for the first time since 1998.