AHSAA Class 5A Baseball playoff series
At Pleasant Grove Athletic Complex:
West Point 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 3 (20-13)
Pleasant Grove 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 (8-21)
WP: Matt McDonald
LP: Mason McKinney
TIME OF GAME: 1:43
FLASH NOTES: Making history in their first ever playoff appearance as a 5A program, West Point prevailed Friday, edging Pleasant Grove in a close encounter to open the series.
McDonald, who performed well on the mound, came up with a timely single in the fifth to break the tie, scoring Will Cochran and Kolton Easterwood. Cochran was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth with Easterwood getting on by a one-out single.
McDonald went the distance, retiring the Spartans in order in the sixth and seventh. The left-hander yielded four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. McDonald got out of trouble in the fifth after Pleasant Grove scored on Mike Rowser's hit in which two errors were committed on the play.
He retired Isaiah Green on a fly ball to Cochran in left to end the inning with the Warriors ahead 3-2. Pleasant Grove couldn't touch him after that.
Hunter Persall singled and scored the first run for the Warriors in the second when two errors were played by the Spartans on two throwing errors to allow Persall to race all the way home from first base.
Pleasant Grove 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 (8-22)
West Point 1 2 0 1 8 - 12 (21-13)
WP: Sam Briehn
LP: Ryan Rodda
TIME OF GAME: 1:52
FLASH NOTES: West Point went ahead and took care of business with the sweep, overcoming a 2-0 deficit after the top of the first.
Briehn drove home Levi Allred with a single in the first as received help in the second on Cochran getting a single and Allred drawing a walk. That allowed Easterwood to step in and single to left, scoring both, putting the Warriors ahead to stay at 3-2.
Easterwood produced another RBI when his ground ball in the fourth scored Cochran to make it 4-2.
Seth Ward's Warriors unloaded on three Pleasant Grove pitchers in the fifth, collecting eight runs on six hits to get the game over by the 10-run rule.
Rylan Jones started the outburst with a run-scoring double, Cameron Bates cracked a two-run double a couple of batters later, Cochran singled in a run, McDonald rapped a run-scoring single and Briehn, who batted twice in the fifth, finished the game with a double to left field, scoring McDonald.
Briehn shut down the Spartans after the first, keeping them scoreless and giving up four hits from the second on to the end of the game.
Briehn struck out including five of the last seven batters he faced.
The senior was three for four with two singles, a double, two runs batted in. West Point pounded out 11 hits in the nightcap, three that were doubles in producing four runs by Briehn, Jones and Bates.
Easterwood had four runs driven in from batting second in the lineup as he was one for three with a single and a sacrifice fly.
West Point is playing good ball in April, winning eight of 11 games. The Warriors have a five-game winning streak as they head to the second round next weekend against the winner of the Clay Central-Mortimer Jordan series.