Well, that was intense.
Stansbury High School softball scored two runs but held rival Grantsville High School in a shut-out for the first five innings of Friday’s game at the home of the Stallions. Late in the sixth inning, the Cowboys made one run and scored another two in the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, with a Stallion runner on base, Grantsville got three outs to secure the 3-2 nail-biter win.
Stansbury’s lead came early, when Alyssa Guymon crossed the plate after getting on base with a single to left field in the second inning. Madi Riolo followed soon after with a second run, getting to first after being hit by a pitch and then nearly being tagged out at second.
Between good pitching and calls from an umpire whose definition of “strike zone” seemed to be known only by him, hits were few and far between. Stansbury pitcher Kimbri Herring struck out six, while Grantsville pitcher Sydney Barney got three out at the plate. The runners who did get on base didn’t get far, with only 16 players between the two teams making it to base at all.
Grantsville was finally able to get on the score board when Barney scored on a drive to right field hit by Bailey Critchlow.
At the top of the seventh inning, Grantsville caught more of the momentum from the sixth and scored two more as Angel Cloward and Autumn Dzierzon got to home. Megan Cafarelli made a try for another run, but was tagged out at home.
In Stansbury’s final at-bat, Janessa “Cheetah” Bassett got on base with an infield hit, but couldn’t make it to the home plate before the Stallions had three outs.
The win gives Grantsville a 5-2 record and the top spot in Region 11 play, while Stansbury — whose two losses have both come from Grantsville — and Tooele are tied for second with 4-2 records. Bear River is in fourth with a 3-3 record, and Ben Lomond trails behind with 0-6.
Grantsville has one game left before region playoffs, on Tuesday against Tooele. The last Grantsville-Tooele matchup resulted in one of Grantsville’s two region losses. Besides the Grantsville match, Tooele will also play Bear River one more time before region trials, and Stansbury will finish out the regular season with matches against Bear River and Ben Lomond.