The Provo Bulldogs needed a pair of play-in victories just to make an appearance in the Class 4A state baseball tournament. But after beating Herriman in extra innings just days earlier, Provo looked to be a team finding its stride at the right time.
But the Wildcats answered right back after getting out of a jam.
Woods Cross evened the game at four runs apiece in the bottom half of the inning, taking hold of that momentum to beat Provo 8-6 on Tuesday evening.
"They put the pressure on us, but all year long our team has come from behind," said Wildcats catcher Brady Cowley, who went 3 for 4. "We just keep our composure, put the ball in play and put the pressure on them."
Wildcats first baseman Josh Hunt, who watched his team overcome a four-run first-inning deficit just last week, said he was confident in his teammates' abilities.
"We've played a lot of games where we've had to battle back," said Hunt, who drove in three runs Tuesday.
The Wildcats built a 7-5 lead after six innings. With two Provo base runners on and only one out, Ayala pulled Kocherhans. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and cut the deficit by a run before reliever Josh Cowley got his team out of the jam.
Josh Cowley, like his brother, also finished 3 for 4 in the win.
The Wildcats next face a Timpanogos team that shut out Mountain Crest.
"The win is very important for us," Hunt said. "We only have a few pitchers, so we don't want to run them out and have to play eight games to get to the state championship."
All games at 4 p.m.
• Westlake at Salem Hills
• Mtn. View at Cyprus
• Timpanogos at Woods Cross
• Maple Mtn. at Murray
• Roy at Bountiful
• Olympus at Logan
• Provo at Mtn. Crest
• Clearfield at Sky View