Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 19, 2005
Lady Buffs deliver more wins

Just like the postal service, the Tooele High softball squad is still delivering wins with consistent frequency.

No snow, no rain or even prom night can halt the Lady Buff team from posting a triumph.

The two-time defending Class 3A champs battled rain and snow Monday to hand Pleasant Grove a 5-2 defeat at Deseret Peak Complex.

Lindsey Palmer twirled a three-hitter and struck out six in just four innings to help ignite the Lady Buff triumph. Jessica Howsden also blasted a solo home run to trigger the win as well.

And even the prom, scheduled Friday night, couldn’t keep the Lady Buffs from their appointed rounds of registering another league triumph.

Lindsey Palmer tossed a two-hit shutout and Lauren Folta cracked a clutch two-run double to ignite a threerun rally that broke open a 2-0 contest and helped Tooele post a hard fought 5-0 win over Morgan Friday at Deseret Peak Complex.

Palmer, Kelsey Mendenhall, Folta, Leslie Brunson and Amy Petersen all collected one hit each to lead the way for the Lady Buffs.

Tooele also cruised to a decisive 19-1 victory over Ogden Wednesday on the Lady Tigers home diamond.

The Lady Buffs exploded for six runs in the first frame and 13 more in the third and coasted to the easy league triumph.

Jessica Howsden pounded out three hits to trigger the lopsided win while Cherise Herrera and Petersen each smashed a three-run home run to ignite the victory.

Tooele still sports a glossy 15-2 overall mark on the season, including a pair of victories over Bear River and a hard fought win over a talented Kearns squad as well.

But more importantly, the Lady Buffs have a glossy 7-0 record in league action. Tooele hits the road to Ogden Wednesday to tangle with region rival Ben Lomond at 3:30 p.m. Then, Tooele takes time off to prepare for a tough final week of league play when the Lady Buffs host county neighbor Grantsville April 27 and venture to Tremonton April 29 to tangle with Bear River, both at 3:30 p.m.

Tooele Coach Barry Pitt said his team just wasn’t focused against Morgan due to the prom and even though inclement weather plagued play Monday, the Lady Buffs did play well under the circumstances. “We just didn’t hit the ball well against Morgan,” he stated. “We went to the prom a little bit early.

We lost our focus and just didn’t play the way we we’re capable of. We just weren’t ready to play ball.

“(Monday) the girls came ready to play,” he added. “But we played in some nasty elements but the girls were up to the challenge.

They were aggressive with the bat and aggressive on the bases. It was a good win for us.”

Tooele 5 – Morgan 0

Palmer twirled another gem and the Lady Buffs rallied for a big fifth inning to grab a little breathing room and capture a hard fought triumph Friday at Deseret Peak Complex.

Tooele grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second stanza when Howsden drew a one-out walk, stole second and raced home when Morgan bobbled balls hit by Amber Castagno and Brunson.

The Lady Buffs extended the margin to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Folta drew a walk, and scored on consecutive hits by Brunson and Petersen.

Tooele seized command of the contest with a three-run outburst in the fifth. Kristen Evans drew a walk and Palmer reached on a Lady Trojan fielding miscue.

Kelsey Mendenhall followed with an RBI single and Howsden also drew a walk to aid the rally. Folta pounded a two-run double to extend the lead to five runs and Tooele never looked back.

Meanwhile, Palmer allowed just two baserunners in the entire seven-inning affair, both on singles by Kara Kilmer in the fourth and Shara Fleming in the fifth.

Palmer, Mendenhall, Folta, Brunson and Petersen each recorded a hit in the game for the Lady Buffs.

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