Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 21, 2019
Stallions start region season on right foot

Stansbury pitcher Gage Miller was rolling through the first four innings of Tuesday’s Region 11 opener against Ogden at Stansbury High School, but he needed a bit more run support as the Stallions were clinging to a 2-1 lead.

Miller and his teammates took care of that with a six-run explosion in the bottom of the fourth, turning a close game into a blowout as SHS held on for a 10-4 victory in the first game of a three-game set against the Tigers. Stansbury went on to sweep the series, winning both halves of a doubleheader Wednesday in Ogden.

“We had a really good approach,” Stansbury coach Jason Jones said. “It is tough with spring break. We’ve been telling them to take care of their bodies and get lots of rest. They came out and played well.”

Colton Sundloff got things started for the Stallions (7-3, 3-0 Region 11) in Tuesday’s fourth inning with a single to left-center field. He advanced to second base on a throwing error on an attempted steal, setting up Miller’s RBI single to right. Cayden Clark singled and Kaeden Kincaid reached on a fielder’s choice, with another error allowing Miller to score. 

Jaydan Kelsch drove in two runs with a single to right-center and Connor Fackrell doubled to left-center to drive him in. Peyton Thevenot capped the six-run surge with an RBI single up the middle.

“We were having quality at-bats,” Jones said. “That’s what we’ve been stressing all year long — having a good approach at the plate. We put pressure on the defense, and they mishandled a few plays. We had really good at-bats that inning.”

Miller got the Stallions out of a jam in the fifth inning after back-to-back errors gave the Tigers (0-7, 0-3) runners on second and third with one out, and Kincaid stretched the lead to 9-1 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Ogden put together a three-run rally against Thevenot in the top of the sixth, as Gage Lovell’s leadoff double was followed by an infield single by Matt Garceau and a two-run double by Connor Howard. 

Julian Gomez’s sacrifice fly to left drove in Howard to pull the Tigers within five runs, but the Stallions added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and Thevenot kept Ogden off the board in the top of the seventh.

Miller was credited with the win, allowing just one earned run on two hits with six strikeouts and no walks in five innings. His performance left an impression on his coach, particularly given the Stallions’ busy schedule in recent days.

“Phenomenal — he was amazing,” Jones said. “He threw strikes and let his defense take care of it. He kept his pitch count low so he could pitch five innings for us. He was great.”

Kelsch had three RBIs and Kincaid added two for Stansbury. Clark scored three runs.

The Stallions will face Park City in a three-game series next week, beginning with Tuesday’s game on the Miners’ home field.


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