Prep baseball: Maple Mtn. buries Orem with 11-run inning

Prep baseball • Maple Mountain improved to 10-1 in region.
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Orem • Orem tried to pitch Arik Mack low and away.

It didn't work.

The Tigers then intentionally walked Mack to get to Kade Poulsen then tried to get ahead of Jerin Hall.

That didn't work either.

When the Maple Mountain baseball team is swinging it, there isn't a whole lot you can do as Orem found out Tuesday afternoon after the Golden Eagles erupted for 11 runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 14-3 win.

"We knew that [Orem starter Nolan] Gray hasn't thrown a varsity game for them for a long time, so we knew he may not have the durability if we could be patient," Maple Mountain coach Gary Miner said. "We put the bat on the ball and we finally relaxed a little bit more in that inning."

It all started with that trouble maker Jonah Flinders, who couldn't be kept off the bases. He led off the fifth inning with a double. KJ Hall reached on an infield single, which brought Mack to the plate.

Gray had struck him out in his first two at-bats, but this time Mack went opposite field for a three-run homer.

The Tigers called on the bullpen, but it was too late. Maple Mountain could do no wrong. When Miner called on pinch-hitter Jerin Hall, he responded with a two-run single. And when Mack got his second at-bat of the inning, the Tigers decided to put him on and pitch to Poulsen.

It was a lose-lose situation. Poulsen responded with a three-run homer that turned what had been a tight game into a blowout.

Gray, who homered in the first inning, did an admirable job keeping the Golden Eagles quiet. But Maple Mountain found its stroke with the wind blowing out.

Flinders and KJ Hall both went 3 for 3, and Poulsen and Bryson Van Tassell both had two hits for Maple Mountain.

The win helped the Golden Eagles improve to 10-1 and maintain a share of first place in Region 8. Orem dropped to 4-7. —