Stansbury removed the sour taste of a 10-7 loss to rival Tooele earlier this month with a 6-0 shutout over the Buffs in Tooele Wednesday night in an American Legion baseball game.
Stallion pitcher Tyler Harris baffled Tooele hitters all night while his teammates backed him up with sound defense. Buff scoring threats were rare as Harris gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out five.
He only needed 74 pitches to pick up the win on the mound, going a full seven innings.
Stansbury coaches said it was the first time in a long time a Stansbury pitcher completed a full seven innings.
The Stallions managed to score a pair of runs in the first inning thanks to a walk, hit batter and Tooele miscues, then followed with two more runs in the second inning.
Two walks, a hit batter, an error and a single by Austin Woodhouse provided the Stallions with two runs for an early 4-0 lead.
Tooele looked to have something going in the bottom of the second when Harris hit Dillon Palmer with a pitch, followed by a single through the infield by starting pitcher Jake Hervat to put runners at first and second with no outs.
But Stansbury catcher Braydon Allie rifled a throw down to first baseman Gage Miller to catch Hervat off guard for the first out of the inning.
With a runner at second, Harris struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
After a shaky two innings to start the game, Hervat settled down and allowed no Stansbury runs in the third and fourth innings.
Stansbury padded the lead in the fifth with a two-out RBI single from Nate Nunley to score Ethan Wayman to push the score to 5-0.
Mason Donadio came on in relief of Hervat in the top of the sixth and promptly retired the first two batters he faced, but the Stallions rallied.
Jace Carroll singled to left field, stole second and came home on an RBI single to left from Ashtyn Blake.
Tooele threatened to spoil Stansbury’s shutout in the sixth inning when Camden Colovich walked with two outs and raced to third on a double down the third baseline by Palmer. Tooele’s next batter grounded out to end the inning.
Stansbury looked like it would score more runs in the top of the seventh with runners at second and third and only one out. But Tooele executed a nifty pickoff throw to catch a runner leading off second base for out number two, and Stansbury’s next batter flew out to right field.
Harris wrapped up his masterpiece on the mound getting three quick outs in the bottom of the seventh on a pop out and two flyouts to center field.