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VARSITY PREP CHAMPIONS
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Congratulations Class of 2024 and younger. Winners of the 2021 Rendezvous Invitational in Logan, UT.
Congratulations Class of 2023 and younger. Winners of the 2021 Trappers Invitational in Logan, UT.
Varsity Prep Tournament
Friday, July 17th: Grantsville @ Murray (Win: 7 - 3)
Saturday, July 18th: Summit Academy @ Murray (Win 18 -1)
Saturday, July 18th: Brighton @ Murray (Win 18 - 8)
Monday, July 20th (Semi-Final): Herriman @ Murray (Win 9 - 4)
Tuesday, July 21st (Championship Game) Grantsville @ Murray (Win 10 - 0)
Below are memories being built from the 2020 (S)Sophomore and (V)Varsity Summer Baseball Teams.
GAME 1: June 8, 2020 @ Grantsville
(V) * I. Winterhalder hits first high school home run.
(S) * C. Mutter tracks down deep fly ball to center field and catches it on the warning track.
(V) * T. Dale makes acrobatic over-the-shoulder catch into right field while playing second base.
(V) * (4-4-4) 4 Juniors, 4 Sophomores, 4 Freshmen in the lineup for first Varsity game.
(V) * A. Carter runs down ball from center field into right field territory.
(V) * K. Tipping uses athletic slide into home plate to avoid tag.
(V) * D. Spencer pitches for first time in years and strikes out 3 batters in his only inning pitched
GAME 2: June 10, 2020 vs. Herriman
(V) *V. Wilson, second baseman, fields ground ball hit up the middle, uses a slight jump turn to narrowly get the runner out at first base.
(V) *K. Tipping, from right field, catches fly ball then throws out runner advancing to third base.
(V) *M. Turley picks up blocked ball in the dirt, as the catcher, and throws out runner advancing to third base
(S) *C. Fleming, 8th grader, gets late call up and pitches 5-inning shutout.
(V) *K. Bleckert, 8th grader, gets late call up and pitches 4 successful varsity innings to pick up win.
(V) *I. Winterhalder turns getting picked off first base into a run-down, gets back safely to first base, then immediately takes off again to second base while the defense is walking back to their positions.
(V) *C. Mutter makes sliding catch out in front of him in shallow left field.
GAME 3: June 12, 2020 @ Summit Academy
(S) *J. Reece, 8th grader, pitches 3 shutout innings and hits 3 doubles in first 3 at bats.
(V) *K. Boyle, second base, uses drop step and backhands a crushed one-hop line drive to get runner at 1B on the first defensive play of the game.
GAME 4: June 18, 2020 vs. Olympus
(V) *K. Tipping, right fielder, holds onto the ball as his catch is simultaneous with colliding into the chain link fence in foul territory.
(V) *C. Mutter, left fielder, goes airborne parallel to the ground and makes diving catch in left-center field.
GAME 5: June 19, 2020 @ Brighton
(S) *B.Hales, right fielder, lays out making diving catch in right-center field.
(V) *A. Carter, center fielder, barely gets glove under the ball during diving catch in shallow center field.
GAME 6: June 22, 2020 @ Cyprus
(V) *In a slightly bizarre final 1/2 inning of a 9-inning game M.Turley bunts a ball over his head for a base hit and moves runners into scoring position, D. Brousseau hits deep flyball single to right-center field just in between both outfielders' extended gloves scoring go ahead run, K. Tipping elevates a bunt on a squeeze play just over the charging pitcher's head for a run scoring single.
(V) *A freshman (C. Mutter) a sophomore (K.Neilsen) and a junior (I. Winterhalder) combined pitching efforts secured a victory in an extra inning game of 9 innings which lasted 3 hours 15 minutes.
(V) *M. Turley catches nearly 200 pitches in a 9-inning game, not allowing a passed ball at a field with maybe Utah's deepest backstop of around 40 feet.
GAME 9: July 1, 2020 @ Herriman
(V)*M. Turley hits first high school home run over left field fence.
(V) *A. Tipping, first baseman, tracks down errant pitcher pick-off attempt 60+ feet into foul territory, picks up the ball and without hesitation makes a perfect throw from the foul fence line across the diamond (180+ feet) to get the runner as he slid into third base.
(V) *K. Tipping, right field, goes airborne and makes a straight on diving catch with the bases loaded.
GAME 11: July 6, 2020 @ Olympus
(S & V) *K. Nielsen has a full day of contributing in 95+ degree heat. Caught six innings in the sophomore game, pitched three innings in the varsity game, dropped down sacrifice bunt in varsity game to move eventual winning runs into scoring position and played four innings of outfield.
(V) *A. Carter gives opposing outfielders a workout. Line drives a ball to left field. Hits the ball off top of the right field fence (335'). Launches a ball to the base of the 401 foot center field fence.
GAME 12: July 8, 2020 vs. Granstville
(V) *A. Tipping, right field, makes a diving catch in the right-center field gap with bases loaded to get Murray out of the inning and secure an eventual one run victory.
(V) *T. Dale pitches for the first time in two years and picks up the save. Dale worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning by striking out the final batter, securing a one run victory.
(V) *D. Spencer gets four hits picking up key run scoring hits along the way.
GAME 13: July 9, 2020 vs. Brighton
(V) This was the final game seniors would play for Murray.
GAME 14: July 13, 2020 vs. Summit Academy
(V) *D. Spencer, down 7-5 with two out in bottom of final inning and Murray runners on second and third. Summit Academy called for an intentional walk to load the bases and force an out at any base. D. Spencer drives the first pitch to the left-center field wall and clears the bases with a 3 RBI walk-off double.
(S) *B. Steed, left field, tracked down and caught flyball in left-center field gap. Didn't have to leave his feet, but was a definite "hustle play" that got a lot of cheers and is worth mentioning.
(S) "A. Tipping, first base, on an errant throw to first base A. Tipping tracked the ball to the foul fence line, threw a laser to second baseman C. Wilson and gunned down the runner trying to advance. Reminiscent of the "memorable" play July 1st at Herriman.
VARSITY PREP TOURNAMENT GAME 1: July 17, 2020 vs. Granstville
(V) K. Nielsen, inserted into the game as a pitcher in the first inning to help Murray get out of a 3 to 0, and bases loaded jam. K. Nielsen end up pitching 5 2/3 innings and gave up no runs. Added two offensive hits in the game as well.
(V) I.Winterhalder and A. Carter, Down 3 - 0 in the middle innings Murray got a much needed offensive boost with back to back home runs. Something seldom seen in high school baseball.
VARSITY PREP TOURNAMENT GAME 2: July 18, 2020 vs. Summit Academy
(V) *K. Tipping, left field, makes diving catch coming in on a ball hit to shallow left field.
VARSITY PREP TOURNAMENT GAME 3: July 18, 2020 vs. Brighton
(V) Trailing 3 to 0 in the second inning and needing a win to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Murray put up 12 runs with two outs in the second inning to eliminate Brighton and secure an 18-8 win.
VARSITY PREP TOURNAMENT GAME 4: July 20, 2020 vs. Herriman
(V) Murray avenges last year's semi-final loss to Herriman with a 9-4 semi-final victory.
(V) "I. Winterhalder, pitcher, goes the distance on the mound.
(V) Muscle moves Mass: K. Nielsen's double to right-center scores D. Spencer all the way from first base generating an eruption from the crowd and dugout.
VARSITY PREP TOURNAMENT (CHAMPIONSHIP) GAME 5: July 21, 2020 vs. Grantsville
(V) Murray knocks off Grantsville 10-0 to claim their 5th Varsity Prep League Championship.
(V) *D. Brousseau secures complete game shutout.
(V) The championship game brings out one of the largest crowds Ken Price Field has seen in years.
(V) *Murray's defense plays solid, cutting off back-to-back runs at home plate in the final inning while mixing in some "hustle plays" throughout the game.
TOURNAMENT: FINAL FOUR INSIGHT
HERRIMAN: Beat Grantsville last year to claim their second title in a row. Knocked out this year's semi-final opponent (Murray) in the semi-final game last year. Definitely the largest school in the final four, Herriman would be considered a tournament favorite until someone shows they can knock them off. Always deep with good athletes from all classes. You've got to make the plays to beat them.
GRANTSVILLE: Last year's runner-up. They return their entire last year's runner-up team and are always dangerous come tournament time. They are a well coached program with good athletes. Consistent pitching, hitting and defense. If they get confidence going in a game they can be dangerous.
OLYMPUS: You'd better be able to hit good pitching to beat them. Olympus is stocked full of young hard-throwers who are competitive on the mound. Wouldn't be a long shot to consider them the favorite to win it all this year. Breezed through pool play. As always, good athletes in nearly all positions with good hitters and some good team speed in the line-up.
MURRAY: A four-time winner of the tournament, they were knocked out last year by this year's semi-final opponent (Herriman). Murray will need its starting pitching to compete through potential in-game adversity and go deep into games. Murray is a balanced team with 3 or 4 starters in each of the junior, sophomore and freshmen classes. Good athletes in nearly all positions with some good hitters in the offensive line-up. If playing to potential, teams usually have to play pretty well and get a few breaks to beat Murray.
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