Kearns • Emery starting pitcher Carson Healy got the call to pitch the Spartans to the state championship game Friday afternoon.
Talk about pressure.
Actually, not really. Healy's teammates had his back. There's nothing like an eight-run lead before you take the mound.
Emery scored in every inning, and the Spartans had earned their spot in Saturday's state Class 2A state title game after a 19-1 whipping of Kanab in five innings.
"We talked about how it helped him to pitch with a 10-12 run lead," Emery coach Steve Gordon said about Healy. "It helped him pitch with more confidence. He was hitting his spots and had everything working today. Our goal was to come in and score early, and our guys responded well today. One through nine we hit it. Everyone's approach at the plate was great."
Emery came out swinging to take all the suspense out of the game.
Tappen Draper got the first inning going with a single. Tyson Roper singled and Tanner Drexler then doubled before Dillon Wilstead reached base on an error.
Marco Mota kept the hit parade going with a double, and Gavin McDermott walked. Ethan Tuttle singled to end the offensive outburst.
The Spartans came back for four more runs in the second, two in the third and four more in the fourth.
Meanwhile, Healy was having a good old time. He lost his shutout in the fourth when Merrill Terry came up with one of just three Kanab hits then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Jenson.
Roper and Mota had three hits apiece to pace Emery, which will play for the 2A title game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kearns High School.
Kanab will play Parowan at 9 a.m. If the Cowboys can win that game, they will get another shot at Emery. But they will need to beat the Spartans twice to win the title.
That's no easy task since Emery will start Wilstead, who is 8-0 this season.
Class 2A state title game
at Kearns High School
11 a.m. • Emery vs. Winner of 9 a.m. game*
9 a.m. • Kanab vs. Parowan
* a second title game will be played 15 minutes after the conclusion of the first game if Emery loses the game