Clipper Sports Editor
OGDEN — It was the final high school baseball game for the careers of 32 players in Saturday’s 5A Senior All-Star Game.
For some, it was an honor just to be chosen. Others were glad to see their teammates and rivals alike came together for a good time, regardless of the score.
“This is a good way to end it,” said Viewmont’s Parker Taggart. “I’m glad that all my efforts in the last four years have paid off.”
Taggart, who threw a no-hitter during the regular season for the Vikings, pitched one inning on the mound during Saturday’s action.
Despite allowing a leadoff triple to Riverton’s Cam Gust, Taggart escaped the inning victorious thanks to some solid defense and a fortunate pair of bounces.
“I just tried to get some ground balls and had a couple come right back at me,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you try and protect yourself, and you end up making the plays.”
Following Gust’s triple to lead off the seventh inning, Bingham’s Chase Tavonatti hit a come-backer right to Taggart, who held Gust at third before throwing out Tavonatti.
Taggart threw out Gust at home after the next hitter, and two batter’s later got out of the inning without a single run.
Preceding Taggart on the mound was Davis’ Zac Fuller, who perhaps had the best, and quickest, outing.
Fuller pitched one inning and struck out all three hitters he faced.
Also in the game was Jayden Bearnson of Syracuse, who won the coaches award after collecting a pair of hits at the plate. Bearnson was one of three Titans’ players in the game.
“I loved coming out here and having fun with all these guys,” said Bearnson. “I played with a lot of these players on this team. It’s a friendly rivalry we have with a lot of the other players here. It’s fun to be a part of it all.”
Bearnson also said winning the award “wasn’t what I had in mind when I came here,” but was an honor nonetheless.
Jeff Bearnson, Syracuse’s baseball coach and father of Jayden Bearnson, said he was happy to get to see all the seniors together one last time, and was “honored to be selected” to coach the team.
“It’s a big-time honor,” he said. “To be able to be around all these players is unbelievable. I’m glad I got a chance to do it.”
Layton High School’s Dexter Paiz and Logan Greenhalgh scored a run each, accounting for the North team’s only two runs.
Paiz scored on a sacrifice fly from Layton’s Jayden Trujillo in the fifth inning. Greenhalgh scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning. Greenhalgh reached base on all three of his plate appearances.
Fuller and teammate Bronson Larsen went hitless at the plate. Taggart also went hitless in the game.
The South team won the game 10-2.