High school baseball: Juan Diego picks up another upset victory, advances to 3A state championship

Juan Diego’s Malik Harris reacts to a strike out during a 3A high school baseball game against Carbon at UCCU Ballpark in Orem, Utah on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

No. 7 Juan Diego did it again, taking down another higher seeded squad, beating No. 4 Carbon Friday night to advance to the 3A state championship game. The Soaring Eagle put on an offensive clinic, cruising past the Dinos 14-6. 

The Soaring Eagle entered Friday’s contest against riding high after taking down No. 2 Canyon View and No. 3 American Leadership Academy to reach the semifinal. Carbon had earned a tournament upset of their own, toppling No. 1 Juab Thursday before its bout with Juan Diego. 

“We set a goal at the beginning of the year to make it to the championship game,” Juan Diego head coach Taylor Berg said. “We believe in what we are doing no matter who we are playing.”

Berg’s team showed more than belief on the field Friday evening, pummeling Carbon to punch its ticket to Saturday’s state title game. 

After a scoreless first, both squads’ offenses exploded, combining for nine runs in the second and a one-point Dino lead. The Soaring Eagle kept their bats active in the next three innings, adding 10 more runs to the board. Carbon had no answer, giving up 8 hits and going through five different pitchers from the third inning through the fifth. 

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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