American Fork's baseball team has a stat program that tracks nearly everything.
The program on assistant coach Mark Willis' iPad follows the number of balls and strikes thrown by a pitcher, groundouts versus flyouts, pieces of gum chewed and how many bags of sunflower seeds consumed.
On Thursday during American Fork's 13-0, five-inning win over Cottonwood, there was one stat in particular that made coach Jarod Ingersoll smile: The Cavemen were 4 of 6 with two strikes against them.
Now that's hitting.
American Fork erupted for 12 runs in just four at-bats as Riley Otteson threw a four-hit shutout and Zac Willis was perfect at the plate against the previously undefeated Colts.
"Our two-strike approaches today were really good," Ingersoll said. "We've been trying to get them to shorting up and not get too big. We had some good selfless at-bats today. We've been really preaching and working on that. The kids were really disciplined in their approaches today."
After American Fork scored two runs in the first inning, and the Cavemen broke open the game with an eight-run third inning, which started with a double from Brock Lamb. Otteson walked and Willis singled in a run. After a Cottonwood error, American Fork picked up run-scoring singles from Koy Dibb and Kody Hall.
A pitching change couldn't stop American Fork. It followed with an RBI single from Emmett Green and a 2-run single from Otteson. Willis drove in his second run of the inning with another single that put the game out of reach.
The win helped American Fork improve to 4-1 on the year while Cottonwood fell to 4-1.
"Any time you beat Cottonwood, it's a win you can really measure yourself against," Ingersoll said. "This means we are heading in the right direction but we're far from a finished product."
American Fork 13, Cottonwood 0 (5)
O The Cavemen sink the Colts with an eight-run third inning in a five-inning game.