Stolen bases and a solid short game won the game for Tooele softball Tuesday.
The Buffs managed a 6-5 win against the Bear River High School Bears in the tense region match-up.
“We had to earn every single run we got,” said coach Melanie Nelson. “It took all of them (to win).”
After two shut-out innings, Bear River snagged a lead when one hitter got a home run and another runner scored early in the third. Tooele didn’t get a run to home plate, though, until the bottom of the fourth inning, but made up for lost time by bringing in four Buffs — one on a steal.
Bear River answered in the next inning by bringing in three of their own, and maintained the one-run lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when two Tooele runners found their way to home plate. The Buffs then held the Bears scoreless through the seventh to secure the win.
Nelson said the team adjusted its strategy to combat Bear River’s hitting game.
“It was a matter of pushing back,” she said. “We knew we were going to have to play defense.”
Part of that defense was for pitcher Lauren Frailey to try to walk the strongest Bear hitters, Nelson said. The team also tried to take advantage of Bear River’s positions on the infield, she said, and good base running helped the Buffs pull ahead.
“We noticed they were a little out of position, so we tried to play the short game and bunt,” Nelson said. “Our top half of the batting lineup kind of struggled, but our bottom half of the lineup pulled through. We didn’t have a lot of solid hits, but we did have some nice bunts. Our base running was on point. They were always willing to take an extra bag.”
Tooele next travels to Ben Lomond High School to take on the Scots on Thursday afternoon.