Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 29, 2012
Cowboys edge Buffaloes 7-6 in thriller

Hot-hitting Waters rips game-winning single with two outs in seventh inning 

Grantsville softball dug themselves out of a three-run hole after the sixth inning only to find themselves trailing again in the seventh to Tooele. Kirsten Zander gave Tooele the 6-5 lead when she hit a grounder slow enough for Alyssa Arslanian to score from third.

The Cowboys turned into the comeback kids again when Bailey Critchlow and Jamie Hamby reached base and with two outs, Taylor Waters came through for Grantsville. Waters got enough of the ball on her hit to left to get past the infield and it was also slow enough to score a sliding Hamby for the game-winning run to give Grantsville the 7-6 victory Tuesday afternoon in Grantsville.

“Anytime you are playing a county team it is going to be a good game,” said Grantsville coach Heidi Taylor. “When we were down, we just talked about being patient at the plate and moving up in the box and swinging at strikes. We started putting the ball in play and Taylor (Waters) came up with the hit at the end.”

The two-run single for Waters helped cap a productive day for the lead-off hitter. Waters added another single in going 2-for-3 in the game while reaching base twice with walks. Amy Matthews was a beast in the middle of the order going a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a single with a run and an RBI while Maddie Johnson picked up two hits in the victory. Tooele was led by Zander, who hit the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh while also adding another RBI single in the third in the loss.

Grantsville started the scoring in the bottom of the first when Waters started the game with a walk and then stole second to get in scoring position. Johnson didn’t waste any time getting her in with a double to the fence in left-center for the first run of the game.

Laramie Paulick added to the tally in the first with an RBI single through the right side of the infield to score Johnson for a 2-0 lead after one.

Grantsville was living on the edge in the first two innings. After issuing two walks in the first inning and three walks in the second and getting away with it, the Cowboys weren’t so lucky however, in the third when the walks finally came back to haunt them.

Arslanian and Brooke Slade opened the third with walks and Zander came through with a big RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Arslanian and then Slade also scored on the play due to a Grantsville error to tie the game at 2-2.

Zander broke the tie when she was able to score on a Cowboy fielding error to make the game 3- 2. Keyli Sorenson opened up the lead even more with a two-run single to right-center to make the score 5-2 in Tooele’s favor.

After the pitching carousel that saw Grantsville use three different pitchers, Bailey Critchlow came on and pitched well and held Tooele at bay for three consecutive innings.

Finding themselves trailing, Grantsville slowly started chipping away at the Tooele lead in the fifth inning. Matthews started it in the fifth with a double and then was brought in to score when Bailey Critchlow helped her own cause in the circle with a slicing single through the left side of the infield to cut the Tooele lead to 5-3.

With the help of a couple of Tooele errors, Grantsville was able to come all the way back in the sixth. Hamby and Teagan Critchlow were both able to reach base on errors and then Hamby was able to get the Cowboys within one by scoring on another Buffalo error.

Matthews tied the game up with a double down the third base line to score Critchlow to knot the game up at 5-5 after six innings. Still looking to steal the game on Grantsville’s field, Tooele loaded the bases in the seventh.

Arslanian and Slade singled and Starley Pollei walked to fill the bases for Tooele with no outs. Zander knocked in the goahead run with a grounder slow enough to plate Arslanian to give Tooele a 6-5 lead with no outs. Bailey Critchlow did enough with her pitching for Grantsville to get three consecutive outs to leave Grantsville only trailing by one heading into the bottom of the seventh. Grantsville started their rally when Critchlow reached on an error and Hamby singled to eventually get two runners in scoring position. Tooele was only one out away from escaping with a victory but Waters never let that victory come.

Waters placed a single just into the grass in left field to easily score one and then Hamby dove in safely at home to give Grantsville the one-run victory and improve their Region 11 record to 3-0.

“Tooele has some fighters in softball and the girls are getting better each day,” said Tooele coach Melanie Nelson. “We preach that consistency wins championships and in my eyes it doesn’t matter what inning it is we have to be consistent out there.”

Grantsville will try and improve its record when its travels to Garland on Friday to face region powerhouse Bear River at 3:30 p.m. Tooele will look to rebound when they host Morgan Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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