OREM, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – It took a little longer than they wanted, but the Timpanogos High baseball team is state champion again.
After dropping the second game of the best-of-three series Saturday afternoon, 8-7, the Timberwolves were forced to go to a winner-take-all game against Lehi Saturday night at Utah Valley University.
Chase Riggs earned the win on the mound, going the distance while allowing just one run, as the T-Wolves easily defeated the Pioneers, 8-1 to win its first state title since 2017.
Lehi won the 2022 5A state championship.
This is Timpanogos head coach Kim Nelson’s ninth state title in all, and his seventh with the Timbersolves. He also won two at American Fork.
“It’s the best one,” Nelson said of his latest championship. “That’s all I’ve got to say. It’s the best one right now. That’s it.”
Tate MacGillivary had two doubles and drove in a run, as Timpanogos raced out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the third inning and cruised to the victory.
The T-Wolves pounded out ten hits, while Riggs allowed just five hits to the Pioneers.
“I just trusted the defense out there,” Riggs said. “We have the best defense in the state. It made it easy.”
Brighton Tate, Luke Livingston, Tyler Hunter and Billy Bird all drove in runs for the T-Wolves, who finished the season with a record of 28-7.
Jackson Brousseau hit a solo home run for Lehi, the only run scored by the Pioneers.
Mays Madsen suffered the loss on the mound.