Pleasant Grove • There is more to Sean Hardman's game than just his arm.
He has the power to deposit a mistake over the fence. He's an exceptional bunter, and he hits in American Fork's five spot for a reason he delivers with men on base.
But after he threw a six-hit shutout to help American Fork to a 10-0, six-inning win over Pleasant Grove on Tuesday afternoon, it was a little hard to focus on the other areas of his game.
"If he can throw strikes and keep hitters off-balance like he did and our defense is playing well behind him, that's a good equation," said American Fork coach Jarod Ingersoll.
Hardman strained his calf muscle in the first inning but even though Ingersoll fired up the bullpen, there was no way Hardman was giving up the ball.
"It loosed up as the game went on, so I felt like I could keep pitching," Hardman said. "I just came with the same approach that I always do. I just pound the strike zone."
Pitching with a lead helps loosen up all muscles, and American Fork came out swinging.
The Cavemen scored a run in each of the first two innings and then added two more in the third before erupting for a four-run fourth inning that started with an Emmett Green triple. Brock Lamb singled in a run, and Zac Willis drove in two more. Hardman completed the scoring in the inning with an RBI single that pushed the lead to 8-0.
American Fork then sent the fans home an inning early when Austin Pitcher drove in two runs in the sixth inning to go up 10-0.
Hardman retired the Vikings (1-3) in order in the bottom half of the inning to help the Cavemen improve to 4-0 in region play, and did something no other pitcher has done this year shut out Pleasant Grove.
Storylines American Fork 10, Pleasant Grove 0
O The Cavemen end the game an inning early with the shutout.