Stansbury and Grantsville baseball teams both took care of business last week against county rival Tooele to set up a game between the Stallions and Cowboys on Tuesday at Stansbury Park at 3:30 p.m. for first place in Region 11.
The Cowboys (4-1) downed the Buffaloes 6-3 on Monday in Grantsville and the Stallions (4- 0) defeated Tooele 8-2 Tuesday at Dow James Park in Tooele. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes find themselves tied with Bear River for fourth place in the region with a 2-3 record. The Buffaloes host the Bears next Thursday.
With the exception of a couple of base running mistakes, Stansbury looked terrific both pitching and hitting against the Buffaloes. The Stallions scored runs in five of the seven innings and pounded out 16 hits en route to the victory. Jackson Clausing worked six complete innings on the mound and struck out seven with Chance Shields coming in to close out the game in the seventh inning with three outs including another strikeout. Stansbury’s pitchers allowed only five hits.
Leading 1-0 heading into the third inning, Stansbury scored three runs in the third, one in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to gain a comfortable 7-0 lead after five complete innings.
“We did everything pretty good except for those base running mistakes. We played well defensively and swung the bat well after having a rough day last Saturday at Mountain Crest,” said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton.
The Stallions lost 8-1 and 4-0 to the Mustangs Saturday in Hyrum. Twice, the Stallions got caught in rundowns at Tooele with the trail runner unaware of the situation with the runner in front of him which ruined additional scoring opportunities for Stansbury.
After the Stallions face the Cowboys on Tuesday they host Ben Lomond on Thursday and travel to Morgan on Friday. The Trojans (3-1) handed Grantsville its only loss in Region 11. “Right from the start we figured that Grantsville and us (Stansbury) would be the two top teams in Region 11,” the Stansbury coach said.
Stansbury’s Marcos Chacon knocked in the Stallions’ first run in the opening inning with a double down the right field line. It would be the first of four doubles in the game for Stansbury. Alex Mackay, Cody Barkdull, Filip Anderson also smacked doubles and Matt Lindsley pounded a triple.
Tooele did not score in the first five innings in both their games against Grantsville and Stansbury.
“Both those teams (Grantsville, Stansbury) are really good teams and their pitching was great in both games,” said Tooele coach Catham Beer. “We really seemed sluggish at the plate in both games. We scored later on in the games, but it was too little too late.”
The Buffaloes also have been without ace pitcher Tyler Von Hatten who sustained a leg injury midway through the victory against Morgan while running the bases at third base. The coach hopes to have Von Hatten back next week for Tuesday’s home game against Ben Lomond and Thursday’s home game against Bear River. “Winning both of those games next week are vital for us,” Beer said.
With Von Hatten out, Chase Weishaupt pitched against Grantsville and Drew Sanders pitched against Tooele. “Both those guys have been playing really well, In fact, Sanders came on to shut down Morgan after Von Hatten got hurt,” Beer said.
Leading 1-0 heading into the top of the third inning, Jake Witkowski beat out an infield single, stole second and came home on a single to right by Wyatt Branch. Tyson Haddon came through with a single and an error on a fly ball hit to left field by Clausing allowed Branch to score. Haddon eventually got hung up on the base paths and was thrown out at home plate. Clausing scored after a double by Alex Mackay and an RBI single by Anderson. The third-inning rally made it 4-0 Stallions.
Lindsay led off the fourth with a double and raced to third base on a passed ball. Witkowski walked and advanced to second on the passed ball. Branch then lined out to THS second baseman Pollmann who doubled up Witkowski. Haddon then smacked a single to score Lindsay and make it 5-0 Stallions after four innings.
The Stallions extended their lead to 7-0 in the top of the fifth with two runs on three hits including a pair of doubles, a single and two walks.
Tooele scored twice in the bottom of the sixth when Tyson Vigil reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second base on a sacrifice ground out by Zach Coffman. Sanders brought Vigil home on a single to left field and Sanders scored on a single to right by Chris Lane.
Stansbury added one more run in the top of the seventh when Lindsley smacked a triple over the left fielder’s head. He came home on a deep fly out to right field by Witkowski.
Stansbury catcher Alex Mackay threw out Justin Pollmann on a steal attempt to start the bottom of the seventh. Jack Memmott walked and advanced to third on a single by Vigil. Stansbury’s Shields, however, thwarted a late-game Tooele rally by striking out a batter and getting a ground out to end the game.