Salem Hills and Maple Mountain are young, talented and awfully similar

SPANISH FORK – Hype isn’t handed out on silver platters. Hype is earned through respect. Respect is generated unceremoniously through success. Success typically requires an endurance of building a foundation from nothing, but not always.

That exception is bestowed upon Salem Hills and Maple Mountain, two programs that are collectively 9 years old. The two may be the new kids on the block, but in the same regard, they are the quintessential mold of the classic Jim Croce song: “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape; you don’t spit in the wind; you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with Jim.”

You guessed it. Those new kids? They go by Jim.

The Skyhawks – yes, sadly, Salem Hills didn’t fall into the spell of using Witches for its nickname – didn’t wait for success on the diamond. Since its first season in 2009, Salem Hills is 89-40 and 44-13 in region play.

The Golden Eagles, and coincidental to Salem, Maple Mountain avoided the temptations of using the Mountaineers  nickname, are 36-10 and 20-2 in region the past two seasons after starting competition in 2010.

This season, Salem Hills is 17-2 and 8-0 in Region 8 and Maple Mountain is 12-4 and 8-0 in that very same region.

Yet, both schools remain relatively unfamiliar to anyone north of Boondocks.

That certainly needs addressing before the first matchup of a two-game series that begins today at 3:30 p.m. at Maple Mountain.

Here are a few bulletin points to prepare for today’s showdown of the top two teams in 4A:

  • Obviously, both schools are fascinated by orology, which explains the Hills and Mountains. Conversely, birds of prey happen to be of substantial interest, too.
  • Both schools are members of the Nebo School District.
  • Maple Mountain’s school colors are maroon, gold and green, whereas Salem Hills sports light blue, navy blue and of course gold, too.
  • Salem Hills owns a 6-1 advantage in the head-to-head series, outscoring the Eagles 73-20 in those meetings.
  • And both schools have an ace who is expected to start this afternoon: Salem Hills’ Colton Hill is 7-0 and Maple Mountain’s MaKay Nelson is 6-0.

This has all the ingredients of a dandy considering in 2012 the two split, 1-1, each scoring 11 runs over the course of the two games. Oh, and continuing the similarities – both enter today’s game riding an eight-game win streak.

Email: tphibbs@deseretnews.com

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One comment

  1. DodgerDoug

    Great article and thanks for finally giving some love to these two 4A powerhouses tucked away down in So. Utah County. They play some great ball and have some superb baseball athletes down here. Should be a great series.

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