The only defeat Tooele has suffered the past few weeks has been to Ole Mother Nature.
Other than that the Lady Buffs are nearly perfect.
Inclement weather postponed Tooele’s league affair with Ben Lomond April 20 in Ogden.
The game will be played May 3 in Ogden.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Ole Mother Nature struck again Wednesday when the Lady Buffs were set to tangle with county neighbor Grantsville.
To make matters worse, Tooele’s road game at Tremonton Friday had already been postponed by press time.
Now, Tooele is set to tackle Grantsville Wednesday at the Deseret Peak and Ben Lomond Tuesday in Ogden. A make up date with Bear River had not been slated by press time.
But Tooele still owns an eight-game win streak heading into a brutal schedule against region rivals Grantsville and Bear River next week along with improved Ben Lomond as well.
Not even Ole Mother Nature could beat the twotime defending Class 3A champs on April 18. Tooele battled rain and snow to hand Pleasant Grove a 5-2 victory 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.
Tooele also cruised to a decisive 19-1 victory over Ogden April 13 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 with only three region dates remaining on the regular season slate.
Tooele Coach Barry Pitt said his team came ready to play a talented and tough Pleasant Grove team in some inclement weather.
“(April 18) the girls came ready to play,” he noted.
“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 – Pleasant Grove 2
The Lady Buffs rallied for three runs in the second stanza to take control and held on in a rain-snow shortened game April 18 at Deseret Peak Complex.
Tooele drew first blood when Cherise Herrera drew a lead-off walk to open the game, raced to second on a passed ball and bolted for third on a wild pitch. Then, a ground ball by Lindsey Palmer pushed home the Lady Buff base runner and spotted the hosts a quick 1-0 edge.
Tooele broke the game open with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second inning as well to build a 4-0 cushion. Jessica Howsden reached on a Lady Viking miscue while Amber Castagno and Leslie Brunson drew consecutive walks. Howsden and Castagno would later dart home on wild pitches while Herrera and Kristen Evans drew consecutive walks to force home Brunson and give Tooele a four-run edge.
Pleasant Grove pushed home a run in the top of the third to close to within 4-1. Allison Bratt drew a one-out walk and Allyce Wilson followed with a single. Leah Stoker reached on a Lady Buff miscue to allow Bratt to bolt home and pull the Lady Vikings to within three-runs of the Tooele lead.
Howsden crushed a solo home run in the bottom of the third to extend the margin to 5-1.
The Lady Vikings battled back to within three runs of the Lady Buff advantage when Lisa Shumway belted a two-out single and Bratt smacked a two-out RBI single to pull Pleasant Grove to within 5-2.
Howsden and Brunson smacked out a hit each to lead the way for the Lady Buffs attack.
Allyce Wilson, Shumway and Bratt were the lone Lady Vikings to record a safety for Pleasant Grove.
Tooele 19 – Ogden 1
The Lady Buffs erupted for a decisive league victory April 13 in Ogden.
Tooele exploded for six runs before Ogden could even come to bat and never looked back.
Cherise Herrera opened the game with a single while Evans and Palmer each drew a walk. Mendenhall was hit by a pitch to force home a run and Howsden followed with a two-run double.
Amanda Snow reached base on a Lady Tiger miscue and Folta reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Karly Bitters drew a walk and Petersen came through with a RBI single to stake Tooele to a six-run cushion after one inning.
Ogden did strike for a tally in the bottom of the second stanza.
Cha Jung opened the inning with a single and Floria Galrado reached on a fielder’s choice as well. Andrew Romero also reached on a fielder’s choice to push home Jung and make the game a 6-1 affair.
Tooele broke the game open in the top of the third with a 13-run assault. Howsden began the decisive barrage with a single while Snow and Folta each drew a walk to aid the outburst. Howsden and Snow each bolted home on wild pitches and Bitters reached on a Lady Tiger miscue. Petersen blasted a three-run home run to ignite the barrage and Herrera followed with a double. Evans also reached on a walk and Palmer crushed a two-run home run to keep the rally alive. Mendenhall belted a single while Howsden and Snow rapped consecutive RBI doubles. Bitters smacked a two-run home run and Petersen drew a walk. Herrera also followed with a two-run round trip blast and Evans added a single.
Palmer was hit by a pitch before the final out of the inning was recorded and Tooele led 19-1.
Howsden and Herrera belted out three hits each while Palmer, Snow and Petersen produced a pair of safeties each. Evans, Mendenhall and Bitters also rapped out one hit each as well.
Tooele Coach Pitt said the team played well offensively in the affair.
“Against Ogden, we hit really well,” he said. “I didn’t think we played that well defensively. It’s a good thing we didn’t have too.”