After splitting games with first-place Bear River, Tooele has a pair of upcoming games which could propel them up to second place in Region 11 behind the Bears.
With a 6-2 region record, the Buffaloes play at Stansbury (5-3) on Friday and then host Grantsville (7-2) on Wednesday, May 8. If Tooele can win those two games they will find themselves in the second-place spot in region standings. The Buffaloes, Cowboys and Stallions are headed to the state tournament but how they will be seeded will be determined in the next two weeks.
Bear River swept Stansbury and edged Grantsville 6-5. Grantsville will host the Bears on Wednesday which will be the Bears’ final challenge in Region 11 games.
Tooele won its sixth straight game on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Ogden. The Tigers’ pitcher Adelena Duran limited the Buffaloes to three hits, but Ogden also committed three errors.
The Buffaloes scored in the bottom of the first inning without getting a hit. Alysia Roybal walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Two more walks along with stolen bases put runners at second and third, but Duran got a strikeout to end Tooele’s threat.
Tooele extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning with three runs. Pitcher Lauren Frailey doubled to right-center with Darian Rael pinch running for her. Ogden tried to pick off Rael at second base, but the ball got past the second baseman and past the center fielder which allowed Rael to race home for a run. With two out in the inning, Cassey Timothy walked and Star Pollei reached on an error.
Rylee Whitehouse pounded a single up the middle for an RBI to score Timothy and Pollei also was able to score before the final out of the inning. Ogden added its only run in fourth inning.
Frailey scattered four hits to pick up her fifth pitching victory for the season. Along with Frailey, Taylor Thomas knocked the other extra-base hit for the Buffaloes with a double.
Tooele travels to Morgan Wednesday before its game against Stansbury and Grantsville.