Price American Legion looking to embrace team ball concept
Through three innings against rival Helper, the Price American Legion team looked and played the part of an underdog. They made plays on defense, the pitching held firm against a strong and experienced Helper lineup and the bounces were going Price's way.
But unfortunately for Price, the momentum they carried disappeared in a cloud of errors and miscues that helped give Helper a lead they wouldn't give back.
The 9-0 opening tournament game loss for Price may have been a preview of what was on the horizon as the team dropped their remaining four games in the tournament over the weekend.
Head coach Willie Ellington said the team came out excited to play and compete against a Helper team that is filled with former Carbon and Emery High players. But that excitement and determination to prove themselves, and possibly win, may have hurt the team's mind set through the rest of the weekend, Ellington said.
"I think we got a little too down on ourselves after losing to Helper on Thursday night," Ellington explained.
Helper dropped their final four games of the tournament to Utah's Perfect Game (16-4), Cyprus (27-13) and Westlake (20-2 and 20-4).
Ellington said a combination of errors and miscues on defense hurt the team in each game of the tournament.
Helper capitalized on Price errors in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored six runs to break the game wide open, after they played through three scoreless innings.
Despite the results, Ellington said the team can take away a lot from the tournament including embracing a team concept that has carried them through the early part of the season.
"The guys need to work together as a team and learn to trust each other out there on the field," he said. "We'll learn a lot from this tournament and get better from here on."
Some notable performances in the tournament included Kenyon Crisp, who hit two home runs over the weekend and Chris Smith who also added a home run against Westlake.
Price is currently 8-7 overall and 4-1 in league play. They traveled to play Judge on Monday evening and will travel to play West Jordan on Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m.