Memories of a first round loss to Mountain View are distant for pitcher Chase Nelson.
The junior allowed just two hits Monday to lead the Logan High baseball team past Woods Cross with a 7-2 win in the elimination bracket of the boys 4A State tournament after a several hour rain delay.
“It was crazy,” Nelson said. “It was a fun day as a whole to be able to come down and chill with the guys and be a team. I enjoyed it. The win was great. … It was a total all around effort. We had some clutch hits and put some offensive support.”
Jesse Braddy put the Grizzlies ahead with an RBI single in the second inning, and an inning later Nelson helped give himself a cushion, doubling the Logan advantage with an RBI single of his own.
Nelson’s RBi sparked a 2-out rally for the Grizzlies in the third, as Logan blew the game open with four runs on four hits. Nelson stole home on a wild pitch to make it 3-0, and Michael Hart added 2-RBI single to cap the rally.
“These kids are resilient,” head coach Mike Hansen said. “They’ve been that way all year. They stay loose naturally. … We had a lot of different guys coming up with key hits.”
On top of doing work on offense, Nelson shut down the Wildcats on the mound, striking out nine on his way to a complete game performance to earn the win and redeem himself from a loss to Mountain View.
“I just went out and threw strikes and caught some breaks,” Nelson said. “It was a good day. It was win or die so I didn’t think anything beyond that. That Mountain View one was tough because I thought I did a decent job.”
The Grizzlies advanced to face Murray, which beat Roy in the first game of the day on a wild pitch walkoff. First pitch is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.