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Orem • Tanner Anderson's performance in Monday afternoon's 5A state baseball elimination game at Utah Valley University posed one puzzling question.

How did this guy lose three games this year?

Anderson pitched a four-hit shutout to help Copper Hills to a 5-0 win over Taylorsville.

"He's been doing that all year. He's been throwing really well. The trouble we've had is getting him to finish. He's been going four, five or six innings but he finished today," said Copper Hills coach John Morgan. "I hope to use Tanner again later in the week."

Anderson used the combination of a fastball, curveball and changeup to strike out 10 and keep Taylorsville guessing for much of the game.

"Everything was working; I got all my pitches going today so it was good," Anderson said. "I just wanted to go out and have fun and have my team to back me up."

Copper Hills scored the first run of the game in the top of the sixth when Zach Hoffman singled with two outs and scored when Tanner Johnson hit a shot to deep center field. Johnson was thrown out at third to end the inning but not before the Grizzlies were on top.

Copper Hills gave Anderson some room for error when it scored four runs in the seventh. With one out, Brad Ogden hit a three-run double down the right-field line. He then scored on a squeeze bunt from Jordan Keefer.

It was more than enough for Anderson, who didn't allow Taylorsville to get anything going. The Warriors did mount a scoring threat in the fourth when Kyle Hoffman led off the inning with a double but Anderson wouldn't budge. Zach Hoffman made a nice running catch in center field and after a wild pitch allowed Hoffman to reach third, Anderson got a groundout and a pop-out to end the inning.

Copper Hills will play again on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at UVU. For Taylorsville, the Region 2 champs, the season is over. —

Tuesday's games

Class 5A state baseball tournament

at Utah Valley University

Winners bracket

4:30 p.m. • Syracuse vs. Bingham

7 p.m. • Riverton vs. Layton

Losers bracket

11 a.m. • Copper Hills vs. American Fork

1:30 p.m. • Alta vs. Cottonwood

Class 4A state baseball tournament

at Kearns High School

Winners bracket

4:30 p.m. • Salem Hills vs. Mountain View

7 p.m. • Timpanogos vs. Maple Mountain

Losers bracket

9 a.m. • Sky View vs. Westlake

11 a.m. • Cyprus vs. Sky View/Westlake winner

1:30 p.m. • Murray vs. Logan

Class 4A boys' soccer state tournament

at Woods Cross High School


4:15 p.m. • Orem vs. East

6 p.m. • Murray vs. Bountiful

Class 5A boys' soccer state tournament

at Woods Cross High School


11:30 a.m. • Bingham vs. Copper Hills

1:45 p.m. • Brighton vs. Lehi

Class 4A state softball tournament

at Valley Softball Complex

Winners bracket

4:30 p.m. • Salem Hills vs. Box Elder

6:45 p.m. • Mountain Crest vs. Provo

Losers bracket

Noon • Roy vs. Herriman

Noon • Bountiful vs. Springville

2:15 p.m. • Olympus vs. Maple Mountain

2:15 p.m. • Murray vs. Bonneville

Class 5A state softball tournament

at Valley Softball Complex

Winners bracket

4:30 p.m. • Copper Hills vs. Riverton

6:45 p.m. • Bingham vs. Weber

Losers bracket

Noon • Alta vs. Lehi

Noon • Fremont vs. Brighton

2:15 p.m. • Syracuse vs. Taylorsville

2:15 p.m. • Davis vs. Hunter

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