High school baseball: Seth Corry finishing strong for Lone Peak

HIGHLAND — Proving yourself among the very best can provide dividends for most athletes and certainly has done as much for Seth Corry and the Lone Peak baseball team.

The 6-foot-2 senior lefty has helped lead the Knights to a 12-3 record that includes a perfect 9-0 mark in what is always tough Region 4 play. He’s compiled a 1.17 ERA in the process while striking out 32 batters over 18 innings pitched, according to Maxpreps.

“Even when he’s off, he’s still very good,” said Lone Peak coach Matt Bezzant. “He knows how to battle when he doesn’t have his best stuff, but when he is on his game, he’s practically unhittable. I’ve never really seen him hit hard.”

Corry’s current form received a boost this offseason following a season spent with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

Always a promising prospect, Lone Peak’s ace pitcher spent a good chunk of the 2016 season recovering from a torn ACL injury sustained while playing football. Corry returned to pitch late in the season, but his form was affected by the lingering injury.

“I’ve just worked as hard as ever for the opportunity to pitch again like I know I can for my final year of high school,” Corry said. “I’ve worked on getting strong, but the best thing for me was to go to all those showcase All-American games where I could play and learn from the best of the best.”

That opportunity came with being named one of just 50 participants in the Perfect Game All-American Classic held at Petco Park in San Diego. To get there, Corry had to prove himself among more than 500 of the nation’s best at a showcase held in Florida.

Throughout the process, Corry learned a big lesson about himself and his potential.

“It was awesome playing with the best of the best. Some of the guys I went up against are projected to go top five in the draft,” Corry said. “But I was successful against all of them, and that was huge for me. That really lifted my confidence heading into the final year here at Lone Peak.”

Although baseball received almost all of his focus in the offseason, Corry made sure to give football another try, despite the devastating incurred during his junior season.

“It was hard because of all the talking I did with scouts and the amount of confidence I had gained. I knew it would be a big sacrifice to put it aside for a while and play football,” Corry said. “But at the end of the day I just felt I needed to do what my heart wanted, and that was to play football. I love the game — just as much as baseball.”

Corry played primarily at defensive back for Lone Peak and saw a lot of success — helping lead his team to another 5A state championship game.

When baseball season came around, Corry was ready from the start, and the numbers he put up serve as evidence of the strides he’s made. While pitching at his best, Corry has also maintained an important leadership quality that has greatly benefited those he’s around.

“There’s a reason why he’s been named as a team captain since his sophomore year,” Bezzant said. “Even when he started the season hurt last year, he was still voted team captain. He pushes himself hard, and his teammates see it and respect it. It makes it easy for guys to follow just by his personality and the fact kids can see the player that he is and the work that he puts into it.”

Corry certainly has a bright future in baseball and should prove a high draft pick this coming summer. He’ll then weigh his option of going pro immediately or first playing for BYU.

“We’re just kind of waiting it out and seeing where we’re at,” Corry said. “I’m just focused on this season and then we’ll just wait to see where I’m at and go from there.”

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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Fowlks shines as Bingham beats Cottonwood

Down 7-3 in the top of the sixth inning, Cottonwood was knocking on the door. The Colts had loaded the bases with no outs and chased Bingham starting pitcher Peyton Jones.

Junior right-hander Ethan Fowlks took over on the mound, tasked with getting three outs to keep the Miners’ perfect record in Region 3 play.

Fowlks took the ball from Jones and promptly sat down the next three batters, sending them back to the dugout swinging.

“I felt like I was hitting my spots perfectly. I just got in there and I was really consistent, really feeling good,” Fowlks said.

Fowlks showed off his breaking ball and curveball, but his fastball stole the show. Fowlks’ heater was overpowering for the Colts.

His manager, longtime Bingham coach Joey Sato, heaped praise upon Fowlks’ composure in a high-pressure situation.

“He came in, bases loaded, and punches out three guys. That’s quite a good thing for a young man,” Sato said. “We’re really happy for him. He competes well and has bought into what we ask him to do, and the results are showing.”

On offense, Bingham was powered by the bottom of its batting order. The Miners’ six, seven, eight and nine hitters all made valuable contributions to help Bingham knock off Cottonwood. Senior Copper Hansen went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and two runs scored. Jones chipped in a single, a double, scored twice and had a run batted in. Junior Noah Wallick scored twice, and junior Brandon Thomas went 2-for-3 from the plate with a single, a triple, one run scored and four runs batted in.

Traditionally, the bottom of the lineup is where teams place their least potent hitters, but that is not the case for Bingham.

“That’s usually where people think they have an easy time. Our bottom guys — Payton, Noah and, today, Brandon Thomas, have been really big for us in other game that we’ve won,” Sato said. “They’ve either been able to continue the rally or drive in a key run. Today, that was huge for us.”

Cottonwood started off the game hot, scoring three runs in the first and second innings on a pair of Bingham errors and a Hunter Blunt RBI single.

The Miners responded in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four runs in the frame. Hansen and Jones scored on an error by the Colts to bring in the first two runs, then Wallick was knocked home after Chad Wilson reached on another Cottonwood error. A Simon Tait ground-out brought Thomas home to give Bingham its first lead of the game, a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the contest.

“We got fortunate and took advantage of a couple of breaks. Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” Sato said. “We had one bounce at second base where they (Cottonwood) could have easily turned a double play. Against a really good ballclub like that, a good program, you have to be lucky a lot of times in order to be successful.”

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