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Bingham, Salem Hills win state baseball titles

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - The Bingham High baseball team defeated Layton, 6-5, to win the 5A state title, while Salem Hills outslugged Maple Mountain, 14-10, to win its first 4A championship.
OREM, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - One team won its first baseball title, the other, its 21st.

The Bingham High baseball team won its 21st state championship with a come from behind 6-5 victory over Layton. The Miners claim its second 5A title in the last three years.

Layton did not do itself any favors, committing six errors in the game. The Miners took advantage of those mistakes, scoring six runs on just five hits.

Bingham took a 3-0 lead into the 5th inning, when Quentin Marcellin tied the game with a 3-run home run to left. The Lancers then took a 5-3 lead in the 6th on a 2-run double by Caleb Harrop.

But in the bottom of the 6th, the Miners scored three runs to take the lead for good. Jacob Druce tied the game with a 2-run single to left. Then, on a double steal, Layton catcher Moises Perea threw the ball away, allowing Braxton McKee to score the winning run. Chase Tavonatti shut the door in the top of the 7th for Bingham.

"It's everything we could ever dream of," said McKee. "In big game, you have to take advantage of errors. They're a great team, but somebody's got to win."

"I'm on cloud nine," said Druce. "I feel absolutely incredible. On the bottom of that dog pile, I didn't feel anything. I might have broken my leg, but I'm alright for right now."

Bingham won its first state championship way back in 1932.

"It's a tradition of excellence," said McKee. "It's incredible to compare ourselves with some of the early Bingham state titles. I'm just proud to be a part of it."

"I'm honored to be a part of it," head coach Joey Sato said, choking back tears. "It started a long time ago, way before I got there. We just want to keep the traditions alive."

In the 4A championship game, Salem Hills outslugged Region 8 rival Maple Mountain, 14-10. The Skyhawks followed the softball team's lead by winning its second state championship ever.

Thanks to home runs by Luke Haney and Colton Hill, Salem Hills stormed out to a 6-1 lead after two innings of play.

The Skyhawks eventually built their lead to 13-3, and looked like they were going to mercy-rule the Golden Eagles.

But Maple Mountain mounted a comeback, scoring six runs in the 6th inning to cut the deficit to 13-10. But Salem Hills held on for the historic victory.

Shortstop Taylor Snyder went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the victory.

"For the Salem Hills community, there is nothing better," said head coach Scott Haney, who won his first state title after 26 years of coaching. "For the girls to win yesterday and us today, it can't be better. To do this with these ten seniors and the rest of the team has just been awesome."
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