The Stansbury softball team’s 2018 season came to a disappointing end Saturday afternoon in Cedar City, as the Stallions were eliminated from the Class 4A state tournament with losses to Mountain Crest and Orem.
Stansbury (22-8), the second-place team from Region 11, met Region 12 No. 3 Mountain Crest in the opening round at Cedar High School, and led the Mustangs 3-1 through the first three innings before things started to unravel. Mountain Crest scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning and six more in the top of the fifth to build a 12-4 lead, and the Stallions never recovered.
Stansbury senior Kaeley Loader was 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI, and freshman Payten Staley was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Lindsey Allie and Madison Hunt each had a double for the Stallions, and Makayla Witkowski was credited with the loss in the pitcher’s circle after allowing 13 runs on 17 hits, though only seven runs were earned. She struck out nine and walked two, allowing four Mountain Crest home runs.
The loss dropped Stansbury into an elimination game against Orem, the fourth-place team from Region 10. The Tigers led 5-3 entering the seventh inning and added two crucial insurance runs in the top of the frame to keep Stansbury from coming all the way back in the bottom of the inning, eventually holding on to win 7-6.
Allie, Loader and Witkowski each had a pair of hits in the final games of their respective high school careers. Loader, Staley and Witkowski accounted for Stansbury’s three RBIs.
Witkowski allowed seven runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and six walks in the circle.