The fourth inning was frustrating for the pitcher Sydney Barney. The fifth inning was fabulous for the hitter Sydney Barney.
With her Cowboys ahead 3-0, Barney gave up two walks, four hits and three runs in the fourth, and the Stallions were able to tie the game at 3-3. With runners at second and third and only one out, Whitey Fields replaced Barney in the circle and got out of the jam with a strikout and a pop out.
The Stallions took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth on a walk, bunt single and a pair of GHS throwing errors.
Barney suddenly became the hero in the bottom of the fifth when she ripped a shot that sailed over the right-center fence with Alese Casper and Autumn Dzierzon on base for a three-run homer to put Grantsville up 6-4.
Sarah Sandberg then smacked a two-out double that bounced off the fence in left-center. Laramie Paulick followed with an RBI single to left to make it 7-4 Grantsville.
Stansbury struck right back in the sixth with a leadoff double by Beth Chipman, single by Anjalee Batchelor and a Grantsville error in the outfield to put Jade Callister on base. Chipman scored on the error, Batchelor was out on a force out at home with the bases loaded and Jade Callister scored on an RBI by Kimbri Herring.
The Stansbury sixth-inning rally cut Grantsville’s lead to 7-6, and that’s how the game ended.
Batchelor continued her hot hitting in the top of the seventh with a two-out single, but Fields struck out Batchelor to end the game.
“It was a nice win for us against a great team,” said Grantsville coach Heidi Taylor. “We did a good job putting the ball in play, but we need to sharpen up on defense.”
Grantsville pounded 10 hits with three of them for extra bases, but committed six errors in the game.
The defending state champion Stallions were also productive with seven hits, one extra-base hit and two errors.
“I really like the players we have on the team. One thing I’m really pleased about is these kids don’t give up,” the GHS coach said.
“She (Barney) was struggling, gave up some hits and was having a hard time out there, so I decided to make a change. We have three pithers who are equally capable of doing a great job with Sydney, Whitney and Bailey Critchlow,” Taylor said.
Grantsville struck first in the bottom of the second with a run. Critchlow blooped a single to left, and ended up at second on a misplaced throw by the Stallions. Paulick blasted a long single to bring in Critchlow.
The Cowboys made it 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third. Dzierzon reached on an error and stole second. She scored easily on a triple to the right corner by Kolbi Jo Meno. Meno scored on a single to right by Critchlow.
Stansbury tied it in the top of the fourth on a single by Kilee Christiansen, walk to Alyssa Guymon and a single by Herring to load the bases. A walk to Alyssa Warr scored Christiansen. Guymon scored on a single by Qyncee Horrocks, and Warr scored on a single by Janessa Bassett.
Barney’s three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth put Grantsville back in front to stay.
Grantsville plays at Tooele on Friday, and then in a tournament in Payson on Saturday.
Stansbury hosts Bear River on Friday.