baseball: Bingham snaps two-game skid, beats Jordan

Prep baseball • It gains some traction for the state tourney.
Sandy • Wednesday’s game meant very little for Bingham, which already had locked up the Region 3 title, but meant a great deal in other ways.
The Miners avoided being swept by a region opponent for the second time in nearly two decades and regained some momentum heading into the Class 5A state playoffs with a 7-4 victory against host Jordan.
Sophomore left-hander Peyton Jones struck out six and allowed one earned run in 62⁄3 innings as the Miners (18-7, 15-3) snapped a two-game slide, something he said “hurt.”
“We want to win every game,” the 6-foot-3 Jones said. “This was really important. Now that we’re going into the state tournament, it’s good to get it rolling and keep winning.”
After Jordan amassed 18 runs in the first two games of the series, the bats were silent most of the afternoon against Jones, who deftly mixed speeds and locations.
Jordan led 2-1 after one inning and didn’t score again until chasing Jones after a season-high 107 pitches with now out in the seventh.
“He’s a competitor and keeps his composure,” Bingham coach Joe Sato said. “He did what our other guys in this series were unable to do, which was get his secondary pitches over for strikes. They wore us out for two ballgames. He came out and gave us a chance to compete today.”
First baseman Nick Burdette had a double and a home run and third baseman Tate Farnsworth added two hits including a two-run single in the seventh inning for Bingham, which opens the state tournament Tuesday at home against Pleasant Grove, Lehi or defending champion American Fork.
“We got an unbelievable great draw,” Sato said, thick with sarcasm. “Whoever we play is going to be really good. A quality program. Lucky us.”
The Miners were far from flawless Wednesday. They committed two first-inning errors, and another one in the seventh inning that denied Jones a chance at a complete game.
Jordan’s Hunter Swapp had two hits and two runs scored for Jordan (17-8, 12-6), which tied with Cottonwood for second place in Region 3.
Bingham 7,
Jordan 4
R Peyton Jones strikes out six in 62⁄3 innings for Bingham, which wins Region 3 for the second time in three years.
• Nick Burdette hits his team-leading fourth home run of the season for the Miners.
• Noah Hennings and Hunter Swaps each had two hits for Jordan.