American Fork • No game ball. No plaque.
Do you want to know what American Fork's Alec Schultz got for singling in the game-winning run in Wednesday afternoon's 2-1 victory against Alta?
You win as a team, you lose as a team, and no one gets out of post-game field maintenance duty.
It was still one to remember for Schultz, who stepped up to the plate with one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning. He hit an off-speed pitch through the left side to drive home the winning run.
"I was just thinking all I have to do is hit it deep in the outfield and the game's over," Schultz said. "It's easy when your teammates go out there and get on base for you."
American Fork's Riley Otteson started the rally with a leadoff walk. Brock Lamb followed with a sacrifice bunt. Alta reliever Chipper Lucero then walked Sean Hardman and after a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up, the Hawks opted to walk Zac Willis to load the bases.
Schultz then came through with the big hit that concluded a brilliant pitchers' duel. American Fork scored a run in the first thanks to a pair of singles from Lamb and Hardman, coupled with an Alta error. The Cavemen could do nothing else against Alta starter Brett Snyder, who gave up five hits through six innings before giving way to Lucero.
The Hawks didn't fare much better against Otteson, who topped out at 93 miles an hour and fanned 13 in eight innings of work. He allowed four hits and one unearned run.
Alta tied the game in the fourth when Kade Matthew reached base on an error and Braydon Goddard tripled him home on the hardest hit ball of the day, a shot to deep center field.
"Snyder does a good job mixing up pitches. We've faced him for three years and every time we face him we have difficulty putting runs on the board," said American Fork coach Jarod Ingersoll. "Alta's a good team; that's why this is a good win for us."