With playoffs approaching, “peaking at the right time” becomes the key

Timpanogos was the lowest-seeded team in the 2012 state baseball playoffs. Momentum made that a moot point as the Timberwolves knocked off three No. 1 seeds to get to the championship game.

Timpanogos was the lowest-seeded team in the 2012 state baseball playoffs. Momentum made that a moot point as the Timberwolves knocked off three No. 1 seeds to get to the championship game.

Ignore the current standings. Ignore the reputations. Ignore the favorites.

With the playoffs approaching (and some already arriving) for spring sports, what matters most is who’s playing well right now.

Just ask Timpanogos baseball. They went from barely earning a play-in game last season all the way to the state championship game before losing in 10 innings to Skyline. Including the playoffs, the Timberwolves won 12 out of their final 15 games of 2012 — after starting the year just 9-10.

Don’t look now, but they’re at it again, riding a five-game win streak after losing five of their first eight region games. The stretch — punctuated by the same high-scoring games that carried them to the championship game last season — has moved them from the playoff fringe solidly into third place in Region 8.

Bonneville boys soccer is on a similar tear, winning three straight and five of their last six, including an impressive 2-1 win over contender Logan. The streak is their longest of the season after a 3-4 start that saw them score just six goals in that stretch.

The number of goals scored over the last six games? Seventeen.

Woods Cross is making one of the more significant late-season pushes in softball after a five-game region losing streak had the Wildcats in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.

Three consecutive wins and a whopping 36 runs in that stretch have Woods Cross on the inside track of at least a play-in game, with a shot at catching East for the No. 3 seed out of Region 6.

The heavyweights will likely have the biggest sway in the brackets come tournament time, but don’t be surprised to see at least one late-arriving underdog ride a wave of momentum deep into the playoffs.

Categories: Baseball, Soccer, Softball

About the Author

Matt Petersen

Matt joined the DeseretNews.com staff after three years of sports reporting and sports web editing at The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. While there he covered BYU, UVU, high school and NBA sports. Born in Nebraska and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Matt has grown to love the scenery, sports and people in Utah since moving there in 2009 to finish his studies at Utah Valley University. Matt is an avid NBA follower and makes time to dust off the high-tops to do more than just write and watch the game.

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