OREM, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – For the first time in 41 years, the Lehi Pioneers are state champions in baseball.
Zach Evans singled home Wack Christensen in the bottom of the eigth inning, as the Pioneers won the 5A state championship in dramatic fashion over Olympus, 4-3, to complete a 2-game series sweep.
“For our kids to be the champs, you know it’s been 41 years for Lehi High School, and that alone is special for our school and our program,” said Lehi head coach Jason Ingersoll. “But, the kids, it’s about them.”
Lehi won game 1 of the series on Friday, 10-9, as Christensen and Maddux Madsen each had three RBI.
With game 2 tied at one in the fourth inning, Christensen hit a 2-run home run to give Lehi a 3-1 lead, which they held going into the final inning.
But the Titans rallied for two runs on an RBI single by Mic Paul and a sacrifice fly by Ashton Johnson to send the game into extra innings.
Olympus wasted a scoring chance in the top of the eighth, as the Titans could not score after having runners on second and third with nobody out.
With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the eighth, Christensen got hit by a pitch by Jackson Park, stole second, and scored on Evans’ game-winning hit back up the middle.
Madsen pitched seven strong innings for the Pioneers, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out six. Evans threw a scoreless 8th inning for the victory.
“Our whole state tournament, we all talked about do not panic, do not panic,” Madsen said. “We always want to press that panic button, but we’re not going to. And you could tell when they scored those two runs, we’re coming in and we’re going to win the ball game no matter what, whatever it took.”
Jackson Brousseau had a sacrifice fly for Lehi’s first run, while Braden Willes went 2 for 3 for the Pioneers. Luke Affleck doubled home the first run of the game for Olympus in the third inning.
Lehi finishes the season with a record of 27-4. The Pioneers went undefeated through the playoffs, and ended their historic season on a 12-game winning streak.