OREM, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Dixie head coach Danny Ipsom had a feeling freshman Cooper Vest would have an impact in the 3A title game. That’s why he put him in the lineup in the championship game against rival Snow Canyon.
“Cooper was coming up,” said Ipsom. “The last thing I said as he stepped into the box was I told him I wrote up the lineup card with him in this spot for this very reason. The first pitch, he made it happen.”
Did he ever.
Vest smacked a walk-off 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to give Dixie its first state title in 11 years with a dramatic 6-4 victory over the Warriors.
“Coach said, ‘Hey Coop, when I made the lineup card, I knew it was going to happen,” Bass said. “So it’s fun. I actually thought it hit off the wall. I didn’t even know it was out. This was awesome.”
Snow Canyon, who lost three times to the Flyers during the regular season, looked poised to force another deciding game, as they took a 4-2 lead into the 7th.
But Tyson Fisher hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 4-3, setting up Bass’ dramatic home run.