Dixie got the hits when it mattered.
After squandering opportunity after opportunity to blow the game open, the Flyers finally got the big hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Payden Harrah hit an RBI single to tie the game and from there the hits just kept on coming as Dixie overcame a late deficit to beat Desert Hills 8-5 and stay alive in the 3A state tournament. With the loss, Desert Hill was eliminated.
Dixie came out of the gates swinging. Tyson Fisher crushed a ball well over the center field fence for 3-run home run in the first inning. That was part of a four run first that gave Dixie an early 4-0 lead, but it could have been more.
In what would soon become a trend, the Flyers left multiple men in scoring position.
“We left the bases loaded and just a key hit from blowing it open,” Dixie head coach Danny Ipson said. “And again in the second and again in the fifth.”
It allowed Desert Hills to creep back into the game and eventually take the lead. Desert Hills scored three in the third — one of which was scored when Trey Winget stole home — and put up two more in the fifth to take the lead.
Dixie got runners in scoring position again in the sixth and this time came through.
“It was crazy,” Fisher said. “We kind of got lackadaisical when we put four up in the first, but we just came together in the sixth inning and put it all together.”
Dixie will play Carbon on Friday at 11 a.m. at Kearns High.
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