Stansbury 19U rallied for two runs in the top of seventh to go ahead 7-6 in a second round American Legion state tournament game on Monday.
But Helper scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 8-7 and remain one of two undefeated teams in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Stansbury dropped to the one-loss bracket with a game scheduled on Tuesday at 1 p.m. against Alta. The Stallions will need to go undefeated the rest of the tournament to win the state title.
Stansbury opened the tournament Saturday with a 12-10 victory over Ridgeline to set up the game against No. 2 seed Helper.
Helper 8, Stansbury 7
A walk-off left Stansbury 19u on the wrong end of an 8-7 defeat to Helper 19U on Monday. The game was tied at 7-7 with Helper batting in the bottom of the seventh when a walk scored the winning run for Helper.
Stansbury fell behind by four runs in the fifth inning, but then tried to fight back. The Stallions scored four runs in the failed comeback on a single by Daxton Nakken in the sixth, a sacrifice fly by Hunter Leiter in the sixth, a single by Bracken Matthews in the sixth, and a single by Noah Nunley in the seventh.
Helper scored five runs in the first two innings
Stansbury notched three runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Nakken and Matthews and a sac fly by Leiter.
Brandon Bastian was on the mound for Stansbury. The pitcher went two innings, allowing five runs on his hits and walking one. Easton Jones, Evan Harris, Leiter and Jaxon Adams each entered the game as relief, throwing two and two-thirds innings, one and one-third innings, one third of an inning, and one third of an inning respectively.
Stansbury collected 10 hits. Nakken, Bastian, and Matthews all collected multiple hits for Stansbury. Matthews, Bastian, and Nakken each collected two hits to lead Stansbury.
Stansbury 12, Ridgeline 10
Stansbury built a nine-run lead in the third inning and then held off Ridgeline Wolverines’ charge for a 12-10 victory on Saturday.
Stansbury led 12-5 after six complete innings, but Ridgeline scored five runs in the top of the seventh to make it interesting.
The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game. Stansbury collected seven hits and Ridgeline had 11.
Stansbury got things moving in the second inning, when Leiter lined out, driving in a run.
The Stallions tallied seven runs in the third inning. The rally was led by singles by Trent Jones and Leiter and doubles by Nakken and Patch.
Richins was credited with the victory for Stansbury. He allowed five hits and three runs over three innings, striking out two and walking one. Colton Bryant, Merritt, and Adams all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team toward victory. Merritt recorded the last two outs to earn the save for Stansbury.
Patch went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Stansbury.