5A baseball: Riverton claws past Layton 3-0

5A baseball • Silverwolves' defense turns two double plays.
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Orem • There was nothing revolutionary about the approach that Riverton pitcher Tanner Draper took against Layton in Tuesday night's Class 5A state tournament baseball game.

He just threw strikes and hoped for the best.

Hope rewarded.

Riverton got a five-hit shutout from Draper coupled with a defense that showed a lot of love with the glove to help the Silverwolves to a 3-0 win at Utah Valley University.

"We knew coming in that Layton doesn't strike out a whole lot and that they battle with two strikes," Riverton coach Jay Applegate said. "We told Tanner to let them put the ball in play because we believed that our defense could make the majority of plays, and he did that. He got stronger as the game went on."

Riverton turned a pair of double plays and made numerous web gems, but nothing was more demoralizing for the Lancers than an unusual double play the Silverwolves pulled off in the fourth inning.

Layton's Quentin Marcelin and Logan Greenhalgh opened the fourth inning with back-to-back singles, but Riverton's defense promptly quelled the uprising. When Moises Perea tried to bunt the runners over, Riverton first baseman Jared White charged in to scoop up the bunt and got the lead runner at third. The play happened so fast that third baseman Cam Gust had time to get Perea out at first.

Meanwhile, Riverton's offense sputtered against Layton starter Caleb Harrop, but it did just enough to make it count.

The Silverwolves scored a run in the second on a Draper groundout. They added a run in the third compliments of a Layton error before adding another on an RBI single from Jimi Dixon.

It was more than enough for Riverton, which will play region rival Bingham at 11 a.m. Thursday. Layton will face American Fork in an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.