Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 6, 2021
High-scoring Stallions softball stepping up

SHS softball team tees off on opposing pitchers 

The offensive numbers for the Stansbury softball team are staggering.

The Stallions have scored 133 runs in just 10 games, scoring at least 13 runs in each of their six victories. The team is batting .525 with a .591 on-base percentage. They’ve racked up 45 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. And they’ve done it without one of their top offensive threats in Lacey Davies, who suffered a season-ending injury in their first game.

“We have the ability to score a lot of runs,” Stansbury coach Bridget Clinton said. “Our players are pretty versatile. Our very first game of the year, Lacey got hurt and she’s out for the rest of the year, which is unfortunate for her and for us because she’s a really, really good player. The girls play multiple positions in practice anyway, so we just put them in where they need to go and they do a good job.”

The Stallions (6-3-1, 3-1 Region 10) are experiencing a resurgence this season that has them positioned as one of the top teams in Region 10. Stansbury has feasted on the likes of Ogden, Ben Lomond and Juan Diego, beating those three teams by a combined tally of 73-5. The Stallions’ only loss in region play so far came against defending Class 4A state champion Tooele as the Buffaloes pulled away late for a 10-0 win. 

“It said it was 10-0 — that’s what the score was, but that’s not really how the game went,” Clinton said, noting that the Stallions trailed 4-0 going into the seventh inning and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.

Stansbury was tested during non-region play. They played Sky View to a 12-12 tie at home and lost a 10-7 decision to Class 5A Wasatch in St. George. Their only other loss was a 12-2 defeat against a Bingham team that Clinton called the best she’s ever faced in her lengthy coaching career.

Even with that challenging schedule and the loss of Davies in the season opener, the Stallions have flourished statistically. Senior leadoff hitter Maame Johnson is hitting .688 (22-for-32) through the first 10 games of the season, pounding out seven doubles, two triples and three home runs to go with 21 RBIs and six stolen bases. Fellow senior Payten Staley, who hits second in the Stallions’ lineup, is hitting .567 (17-for-30) with a double, two triples, a home run and 15 RBIs, and McKinzy Lawson is hitting .464 (13-for-28) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 16 RBIs.

Other offensive standouts include Kaycee Thornock (.522, three doubles, 10 RBIs), Kyla Collins (.500, four doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs), Tiara Jones (.481, four doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs) and Kesiah Philpot (.480, two doubles, two triples, 15 RBIs). Freshman Madison Stephensen has been a revelation, hitting .632 (12-for-19) with a double while also serving as the Stallions’ starting catcher.

“Madi Stephensen is doing a great job stepping in and catching,” Clinton said.

Stansbury has also gotten solid pitching so far this season. Jones leads the team with a 4-1 record in the pitcher’s circle, posting a 4.72 earned-run average in 26 2/3 innings. She has struck out 21 batters and walked 10, and opponents are hitting .243. Thornock, Madi Hicks and Julie Woodman have also seen time in the circle.

“We’ve got a bunch of different pitchers that have a bunch of different looks,” Clinton said. “They all throw differently.” 

The Stallions should contend for one of the top spots in Region 10. However, with region teams such as Ben Lomond, Juan Diego and Ogden currently struggling, it may not benefit Stansbury in the Ratings Percentage Index that sets the field for the Class 4A state tournament.

 

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