Tooele and Grantsville have turned in some stellar performances throughout the 2005 softball campaign and the two local perennial softball powers were scheduled to meet Friday at GHS to see how each team stacks up against the other. However, Ole’ Mother Nature refused to cooperate and washed out the game.
But the two Tooele County neighbors will hook up today at 3:30 p.m. at Grantsville High to conclude the first-half of Region 11 softball action.
The Lady Buffs are coming off a hard fought and impressive 2-1 triumph over bitter rival Bear River Wednesday at Deseret Peak Complex.
The two-time defending Class 3A State champs are once again in the hunt for a league title and one of the favorites to tangle for the coveted crown again this spring.
Tooele still sports a glossy 11-2 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 4-0 record in league action headed into today’s battle with the Cowgirls in Grantsville. After today’s road test, the Lady Buffs hit the road again Wednesday to tangle with Ogden in a 3:30 p.m. bout to start the second-half of the league slate.
Tooele Coach Barry Pitt said his young team is still progressing every time it takes the diamond. “I feel good about our team and season so far,” he said. “We’re still young but we’re improving game-by-game. I definitely can’t complain about the record. The kids don’t quit and always fight to the last out. It’s been a fun group of girls to coach. They work hard and they are improving daily. We just need to keep our focus game-by-game and keep winning the important games in region.”
Tooele 9 – Ben Lomond 0
The Lady Buffs opened the game with a fourrun rally in the first frame and never looked back to beat the Lady Scots Apri 1 at Deseret Peak Complex.
Herrera ignited the early outburst with a leadoff double and Brunson followed with a RBI double to open the scoring in the bottom of the first frame. Howsden reached on a Lady Scot miscue and Amber Castagno reached on a fielder’s choice. Lowry crushed a two-run triple and later bolted home on a wild pitch to spot Tooele a quick 4-0 cushion just one inning into the contest.
Palmer crushed a solo home run in the second stanza to extend the margin to 5-0.
Tooele erupted for three more tallies in the fourth inning to build an eight-run advantage.
Brunson was hit by a pitch and Palmer launched her second round trip blast of the game to chase home Brunson and ignite a rally. Howsden and Evans banged out consecutive singles later in the frame and Howsden later scored in the inning on a wild pitch to give the hosts a cozy 8-0 edge.
Pacheco slapped out a single and later scored on two more Scot errors to complete the scoring in the contest.
Folta only allowed three Lady Scot baserunners for the game and Jill Barber broke up the freshman’s no-hit bid in the top of the sixth with a two-out single.
Sam Baptist drew a one-out walk in the fourth and Kamisha King was hit by a pitch for the remaining two baserunners.
Lady Buff freshman Laura Folta uncorked a one-hit shutout to propel Tooele to the whitewash over Ben Lomond at Deseret Peak Complex.
Howsden and Palmer once again triggered the victory with two hits each while Herrera, Brunson, Evans, Paige Lowry, Pacheco, Folta and Petersen all belted out one safety each.