The Tooele baseball team has had an impressive summer, building on a successful high-school season that saw the Buffaloes advance to the state tournament for the first time in a number of years.
That run of strong play continued Monday, as the Buffs opened the final week of the summer season with a 10-0 win over Hillcrest at Dow James Park to improve to 8-3 this summer. Tooele has the fourth-best record in the 20-team, Salt Lake County-based league.
Tooele needed just four innings to rack up 10 runs, continuing the Buffs’ hot offensive play that has seen them outscore their opponents by an average of 5.7 runs per game. The Buffaloes erupted for six runs in the second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead over the Huskies (1-9), and added one run in the third and two more in the fourth before the game was called because of impending weather and darkness.
In the second inning, Jake Hervat drew a leadoff walk and Conner Spindler followed with a base hit to set up Portland Palmer’s RBI single. Spindler scored on a wild pitch, and Palmer came home on a sacrifice fly by Bridger Shields to make it 4-0. Jake Lopez singled and scored on Clay Freeman’s double. Freeman scored on an RBI single by Payton Shields, who then came home on Nick Hogan’s RBI single.
Palmer walked and scored on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and Hervat drove in Payton Shields and Griffen Bate with an RBI single in the fourth. Palmer and Payton Shields combined for the shutout on the mound.
Tooele will travel to Olympus for a game Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before wrapping up the summer season Friday at home against Bountiful at 6 p.m. The Buffs have won six of their past seven games coming into Wednesday’s contest.