Baseball High School: Jordan finishes the Tympanogos sweep

Third-ranked Jordan Beatdigers received one of the country’s winning baseball coaches for this week’s stadium and awarded him a rare dose of humility.

After two close wins over Tympanogos, the final on Friday afternoon in the three-game series was supposed to be even better, right? Not so fast. Instead, the Diggers’ Owen Atkinson got three hits and pitcher Dylan Markley improved his record to 4-0 as Jordan defeated the Timberwolves 10-3 in a Zone 8 game.

The win helped secure Jordan’s prestigious spot in the first RPI rankings of the season, and the Diggers improved to 6-0 in the area. Timpanogos went down to 6-6 (3-3 in the area) in 40 by coach Kim NelsonGod’ The overall season.

“It was exciting for us,” said Jordan coach Chad Fife, who sets his standards in his 18 years at Jordan. “Our pitch was active, and when we have a good pitch, it’s hard to beat us.”

Good pitching was not actually the problem in the first two games of the series. Instead, a good hit just got over it.

In the series opening game on Wednesday, the Diggers trailed 5-0 to win 10-9. The next day, they led 6-0 and pushed nine runs in the last two frames to win 17-16. The game ended in a three-run double by Cade Nalder with two outs.

The Encore, on the other hand, went well only for the home team.

Markley gave up just five individual hits and runs in the first, third and sixth innings. Meanwhile, Atkinson paced Jordan’s offensive offense with a three and two doubles. Kol Kershaw also had a pair of doubles.

Jordan led just 3-2, but Stockton Matisse, Hunter Gatty, Kershaw and Kada Larson were consecutive doubles in a fifth run of three. Atkinson, Carter Perry and Kershaw then hit balls that reached the fence during a sixth of five runs.

In between, Markley escaped with a big inning when Tympanogos got her first two runners at base through errors. After a deliberate walk loaded them without anyone outside, Markley lured the following batsmen to the pitches, including one double play.

“Bouncing here, playing well there and it’s a completely different ball game,” Nelson noted. “That’s why we play them. They (the diggers) got us this time, but maybe we’ll see them later this year.”

According to the format of the year – of playing each opponent in the area in three consecutive games – Nelson and Fife are hoping to develop deeper rosters as they will be needed during the grueling state tournament. Nelson said that although the Timberwolves gave up 27 runs in the first two games through their two senior players, senior Dylan Gazawi and three other throwers were not bad games this hot, washed-out afternoon.

“A sweep against them (the Timberwolves) is rare,” Fife said. “We will find out how good we are in the next two weeks. This is a difficult area and we all need to prepare for the country.”

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