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image Stansbury pinch runner Nick Mackay slides into third base Thursday against Bear River. The Stallions improved to 2-0 in Region 11 action with an 8-4 victory over the Bears.

March 27, 2012
Stallions improve to 9-2 with two more wins

Stansbury improved its overall record to 9-2 and its region record to 2-0 with an 8-4 win over Bear River on Thursday at home and an 8-5 triumph over Bountiful on the road Saturday.

Jesse Clingman picked up his third victory on the mound against zero defeats this year in the game against Region 11 foe Bear River. At Bountiful, pitcher Dallas Jones came on in relief to earn a victory on the mound.

“Right now, we have about the same record as last year at this time,” said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton. “This year we’re a little deeper with 14 or 15 guys who could start for us at various positions and we have confidence in them. We had three new guys come in and start for us against Bountiful and they played well. Our depth is helpful because if someone is struggling we have players who can come in and get the job done.”

With the win over Bountiful, Stansbury has two victories over former 4A Region 6 foes. The Stallions opened the season with a 6-1 win over Woods Cross.

The Stallions host Ogden on Thursday and then play a doubleheader at Mountain Crest on Saturday. The coach said he likes to schedule tough non-region games to help get the team ready for the playoffs.

The Bears struck first in Thursday’s game with one run in the first and another run in the second thanks to hits down the right field line. The Stallions took the lead in the bottom of the second with three runs of their own.

Tyson Haddon led off with a bunt single and Jesse Clingman walked. Haddon eventually scored on an error and with two outs Cody Barkdull singled home Jesse Clingman. Barkdull scored on a deep triple to right by Matt Lindsley.

The Bears tied it with a run in the third, but the Stallions took the lead again with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lindsley and Witkowski both walked and then scored on an error and an RBI single by Haddon.

The Bears sliced the lead to 5-4 with a run in the top of the fifth, but the Stallions widened their lead with three in their half of the fifth. Jesse Clingman pounded a triple to center to start the inning followed by walks to Jackson Clausing and Marcos Chacon. Nick Mackay came on to run for Chacon and Witkowski smacked a double to right to clear the bases. Witkowski tried to reach third, but was called out on a good throw from the Bears.

Jesse Clingman had four strikeouts in the final two innings to shut down the Bears and pitch a complete game.

At Bountiful, the Stallions ripped 13 hits including a double by Witkowski to win the non-region game.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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