CARY, N.C.—USA Baseball’s 2013 National High School Invitational has had no shortage of exciting games, and the consolation matchup between Cathedral Catholic High from San Diego and Bingham High from South Jordan, Utah, was no exception.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Bingham tied it up to head into extra innings, and then came away victorious with a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the eighth by senior outfielder T.J. Bowcutt to win, 5-4.
“They competed well,” Bingham head coach Joel Sato said. “Some guys had some rough stretches, and still overcame them. We’re pretty proud of their effort and how they competed in that ballgame.”
The Miners scratched out their five runs with eight hits—all singles. A small-ball approach is typical for Bingham, who ends the tournament at 2-1-1.
“We don’t have guys—like some of these other ballclubs here—that can just pound it out and take you deep,” Sato said. “So, we run, and hit-and-run, and bunt, and drag bunt, and things like that.”
Cathedral Catholic entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the country, so a win against such a high-profile program gives the Miners a lot to be proud of, as they head back to Utah next week.
“Cathedral Catholic is a quality ballclub and their pitchers are phenomenal,” Sato said. “So, we feel very fortunate. When you compete against great competition like that, and you’re able to hold your own, it should give you a little bit of confidence when you go back home.”