Tooele County’s high school softball teams are known as some of the best in Utah, and that success carries over to the collegiate level, where a number of local products continue to play big roles at schools across the Beehive State.
Utah Valley’s Lauren Frailey, a junior who played her high school ball at Tooele High School, was named the Western Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 3-9 — the second time this season she has received that honor. Frailey has a 9-6 record in the pitcher’s circle for the Wolverines, posting a 2.63 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched this season.
Her teammate, Tooele native Sydney Cluff, has appeared in one game for UVU this season. She played at Rocky Mountain High School in Idaho.
Weber State’s Katelyn Robinson, a Grantsville native and graduate of Stansbury High School, has appeared in 29 games for the Wildcats, mostly as a pinch-runner. She has scored 13 runs and stolen four bases.
Stansbury graduate Karlee Manzione has started 32 games this season for Southern Utah, posting a .286 batting average with four doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs. Her .402 on-base percentage is the third-best mark on the Thunderbirds’ roster.
Janessa “Cheetah” Bassett, another graduate of Stansbury High, has started 38 of 45 games for Dixie State this season and leads the Trailblazers with a .417 batting average and 31 stolen bases. She has five doubles and three triples along with 16 RBIs. She also has committed just one error in the outfield as Dixie has racked up a 34-11 overall record.
Three Tooele County products call Snow College home. Tooele High graduate Alyssa Arslanian has a .472 batting average with 12 home runs, 10 doubles and five triples for the Badgers, driving in a team-best 44 runs with a gaudy .991 slugging percentage. Grantsville High’s Sarah Sandberg is batting .349 with six home runs, 12 doubles, two triples and 33 RBIs, and her former high school teammate, Sydney Barney, has pitched seven complete games, posting a 4-10 overall record with a 5.96 ERA.
Tooele High graduate Siearrah Anderson is helping USU-Eastern in its first season of intercollegiate softball. Anderson started eight of the Eagles’ first 24 games, posting a .333 batting average with a home run, two triples and five RBIs. She also has pitched three innings with an 0-1 record in the pitcher’s circle.
If you have information on any other local athletes playing college sports, whether in-state or outside of Utah, please contact the Transcript Bulletin’s sports department.