It has been a challenging summer for the Stansbury baseball team, with a number of younger players getting thrust into varsity-level play for the first time and a coaching change set to take place before the high school season starts next spring.
But when the Stallions have been on their game, they’ve shown there is reason to be optimistic about their future. Wednesday was one of those days, as a dominant pitching performance by starter Conner Kincaid helped propel Stansbury to a 7-3 win over Hillcrest in summer-league play at Stansbury High School.
Kincaid struck out six of the final seven batters he faced and allowed two unearned runs in six innings, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out 11. Reliever Tyler Harris allowed one run on one hit, striking out one and walking two in one inning after the Stallions (4-7-1 in summer league) had built a six-run lead.
Stansbury’s Austin Woodhouse put the Stallions in front, leading off the bottom of the first inning with an inside-the-park home run to right-center. Woodhouse crushed a 1-0 pitch to the warning track and raced around the bases as Hillcrest (1-10) struggled to get the ball back in.
The Huskies scraped together a run in the top of the second to tie the game, but Stansbury responded in the bottom of the frame. Dax Brown reached on an error with one out, advanced on Harris’ walk, and eventually scored on Hunter Luke’s single to make it 2-1. The Stallions tacked on three more runs in the fourth, thanks to RBI singles by Connor Fackrell, Brown and Luke.
Jayden Kelsch led off the sixth inning with a single and advanced to third on an error, setting up Kaeden Kincaid’s RBI single to left. Kincaid eventually came around to score after stealing second, advancing to third on Brown’s flyout to center and crossing the plate on a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, Conner Kincaid was cruising on the mound. After allowing the Huskies to score an unearned run with two outs in the fourth, Kincaid struck out the final batter of the inning, and went on to strike out the top three batters in the Hillcrest lineup in the top of the fifth. After getting the Huskies’ cleanup hitter to fly out to lead off the sixth, he struck out the No. 5 and No. 6 hitters to complete another solid outing.
Stansbury will wrap up its summer season Friday at home against Brighton.