The Tooele baseball team extended its season on Saturday at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, beating the host Mustangs 4-2 in the one-loss bracket of the Class 4A state tournament after losing 4-1 to Desert Hills in the first round.
The Buffaloes (13-12), who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from Region 11, eliminated Region 12 champion Mountain Crest (15-8) with a dominant pitching performance from junior Brett Porthan and senior Jaxson Miner. Porthan allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk in 6 1/3 innings, while Miner recorded the final two outs of the game and allowed one walk and no hits.
Porthan was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double for Tooele, while Griffen Bate drove in two runs and Miner was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Camden Colovich added a triple and Jake Lopez had an RBI.
In the loss to Region 9 runner-up Desert Hills (24-3), the Buffs scored their lone run in the fifth inning after spotting the Thunder a four-run lead. Lopez was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Miner was 2-for-3 with a double. Payton Shields also doubled, and was charged with the loss on the mound after allowing four runs on four hits with a strikeout and seven walks in four innings. Clay Freeman pitched two scoreless innings of relief, walking three and allowing one hit.
The Buffaloes will face Region 11 champion Juan Diego in an elimination game Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Roy High School. The winner will advance to play either Dixie or Snow Canyon at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lindquist Field in Ogden. Juan Diego took two of three meetings from the Buffs during regular-season play, with Tooele beating the Soaring Eagle 9-7 on April 25 at Dow James Memorial Park.
Dixie 10, Stansbury 4
Bear River 6, Stansbury 5
Stansbury’s postseason run ended Saturday in St. George as the Stallions lost 10-4 to Region 9 champion Dixie in the first round, followed by a tough 6-5 loss to Bear River in an elimination game.
The Stallions (14-13) trailed Dixie (20-4) by just one run entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Flyers scored six runs over the next two frames to pull away. Kaeden Kincaid was 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Stansbury, and Gage Miller was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Against Bear River (19-8), SHS led 4-2 before the Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. SHS scored a single run in the top of the fifth to close the gap, but couldn’t get any closer. Jaydan Kelsch was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Conner Kincaid pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief after coming in for Miller.