PREP BASEBALL: Northridge baseball season comes to an end

Tuesday , May 19, 2015 - 11:56 PM

By CALEB LARKIN
Standard-Examiner correspondent

SALT LAKE CITYy – The Jordan Beetdigger’s bats started from the first pitch and never relented, eliminating the Northridge Knights from the 5-A State Baseball Tournament with a 7 – 0 win Tuesday.

Northridge head coach Shad McCord recognized the team was not at the top of their game.

“We didn’t play our best and played a good team,” McCord said.

The Beetdiggers pitching staff held Northridge to only two hits. Jordan effectively notched 10 hits and only two errors. The Knight’s defense held early, with a double play to end the second inning with runners on. But Jordan continued with hit after hit.

Four different Beetdiggers went 2-3 at the plate or better. Northridge’s starting pitcher, Kaden Taylor, was unable to stop them. He allowed three runs in three innings. Josh Brown, the Knights’ closer, allowed four runs in three innings.

Northridge’s two hits came in the sixth inning. Knight’s centerfielder, Benjamin Jackson hit a single up the middle. Then Brown also singled with a line drive into shallow right.

But it wasn’t enough.

Jordan’s fifth inning rally, combined with a few costly Knights errors, secured the victory to advance in the tournament.

“It’s tough to reflect on the whole season with an end like that, but I’m nothing but proud of my boys and their effort,” McCord said.

McCord has been coaching the Northridge baseball team for three years. This year has been by far their most successful season. He explained the stats aren’t the only reason he’s proud of his players.

“The seniors made this team complete. It didn’t matter the age, everyone was accepted,” McCord said. He described the team as a “brotherhood” with young men who constantly surpassed expectations.

The Northridge baseball program has high expectations for next season. “The seniors this year set the bar pretty high, but the boys who got a chance to play with them are better for it,” said McCord. The coach believes the experience the senior players helped give to the younger juniors and sophomores will translate into a better prepared team for next year.

SPANISH FORK 16, MOUNTAIN CREST 6: At Orem, Spanish Fork blistered Mountain Crest 16-6 in the 4-A tournament at Utah Valley University’s Brent Brown Ballpark Tuesday.

Mountain Crest fell into the one-loss bracket with the loss and will play Maple Mountain Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

WOODS CROSS 11, BOUNTIFUL 4: At Orem, Woods Cross defeated Bountiful 11-4 in the one-loss bracket of the 4-A tournament at Utah Valley University’s Brent Brown Ballpark Tuesday.

Woods Cross will play the winner between Timpanogos and Salem Hills, which were playing at the time of print, Wednesday at 4 p.m.

PLEASANT GROVE 15, FREMONT 4: At Kearns, Pleasant Grove tagged Fremont ace Braxton Bullock for seven runs (six earned) and six hits in 3 2/3 innings and the Vikings blasted the Silver Wolves 15-4 in the 5-A tournament at Kearns High School Tuesday.

Bullock also walked five batters. Fremont walked 12 overall.

Fremont took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but Pleasant Grove immediately responded with three in the bottom half.

Pleasant Grove finished Fremont off with five runs in the sixth inning, run-ruling Fremont despite just nine hits.

Fremont also committed five errors.

Standard-Examiner sports reporter Ryan Comer contributed to this report. Contact Ryan at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RyanComerSe

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