This is the stuff kids dream of. Last inning, tie game, home team up, winning run on base, and you’re the batter. Last week, in the biggest baseball game of the year, Dallin Dickson’s dream came true.
At the start of the day, the Trojans and Grantsville Cowboys were tied for third place in Region 11. During their first meeting at Grantsville on March 21, the Trojans missed several scoring opportunities and made some defensive miscues that resulted in a 5-2 Cowboys’ win.
This game, which took place at Morgan High School, started out in similar fashion. Starting pitcher Tanner Hales was victimized by several errors that led to five Cowboy runs. Cam Skinner relieved Hales in the third inning and escaped without further damage. Down 5-0, the Trojans began their comeback effort by plating three quick runs in the bottom of the inning. Then, with two runners on base, Cameron Jarrett blasted a 415-foot, three-run bomb over the right field fence to give the Trojans a 6-5 lead.
Ahead 7-5 in the fifth inning, the Trojans couldn’t hold the lead, surrendering two runs to allow the Cowboys to tie the game. Brenyn McConnell’s leaping stop of a hard-line drive prevented the visitors from retaking the lead. In the top of the seventh, Lantzen Toomer held the Cowboys scoreless.
Then came the bottom of the seventh. Kade Carrigan led off with a bloop single to center field and stole second base. The next two batters were retired, and Coach Jeff Toller summoned Dallin Dickson to pinch-hit. Dickson, who had been watching the game from the bench for almost two hours, stood, stretched, grabbed his bat and stepped into the batter’s box to face Grantsville’s 6-foot, 5-inch flame-throwing closer.
Dickson hacked—and whiffed—at the first two pitches. With the tension mounting, he stepped out of the batter’s box. As Dickson gathered his thoughts, the noise from the dugouts and crowd became almost deafening. When he readied himself, the opposing pitcher threw a hard breaking ball down and in. But Dickson was all over the pitch, smacking a line drive down the left field line and bringing home Carrigan with the winning run.
It was a day that doesn’t come along often….the chance to be a walk-off hero. And while there were many heroes over the course of the game, none stood taller than Dallin Dickson.
The victory guaranteed the Trojans a spot in the playoffs and moved them into third place with two regular season games remaining. This week’s games: Tuesday v. Grantsville and Thursday at Ogden.