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Bingham baseball hoists the Region 3 crown

May 30, 2022 05:35PM ● By Brian Shaw

By Brian Shaw | [email protected]

This could be the year. The year that Bingham baseball finally breaks the drought, a dearth of hoisting and kissing a state championship trophy, the trophy that has eluded them since 2018.

Bingham (20-5) had its best record in years. Better than that state championship trophy winning 21-10 year of 2018 in which the Miners defeated rival Riverton in the winner-take-all 6A state championship game. 

Bingham went 13-2 in region play this year en route to winning the Region 3 championship — their first in the new alignment. Key behind that surge has been senior Jonny Hatch who has hit three home runs over the past four weeks and has five total on the season.

Headed to Salt Lake Community College to play baseball after signing with the Bruins in February, Hatch has been versatile for the Miners, and has picked up his hitting of late — right when his team needs it most.

The senior is not only the Miners’ home run king, he’s their RBI leader as well, and has picked up an already torrid pace the past six games, hitting 13 of his team-high 31 in that time frame.

Senior Preston Jacobsen has also been huge for Bingham. Though the lanky senior has been consistent for the Miners over the course of the season, and has hit four home runs for them, he’s also slapped in five of his 24 RBI in his last six games.

Bingham has also had several arms that have contributed to the team’s rise. Junior Maddax Peck has been the Miners’ ace of late, having won all three of his starts over the past three weeks for a perfect 3-0 record this year.

His brother Maxton, who is also committed to play at SLCC after the senior signed with the Bruins in March has also contributed lately, as has Israel Diaz, the senior righty who has won three of his four starts since April 9.

And, in the regular season finale, Hatch himself stepped to the mound and capped off a successful season by earning the win in a hard-fought 17-13 victory versus crosstown rival Riverton on May 11, one day after the Miners earned their first region title since that fairytale year back in 2018.