The Stansbury baseball team had a tough draw in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament on Saturday in St. George, but the Stallions managed to extend their season by another week with a hard-fought, 5-2 win over Ridgeline.
The Stallions (14-11), who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed from Region 10, trailed the Riverhawks (16-6) 1-0 through five and a half innings. But Stansbury’s bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth, and with the aid of some Ridgeline mistakes, the Stallions put together five runs, including RBIs from Hunter Myers and Parker Buys.
That was more than enough run support for Stallions ace Mitch McIntyre, who left the mound with one out in the top of the seventh after allowing just two runs on five hits with two walks and a dozen strikeouts. Conner Kincaid recorded the final two outs to guarantee that Stansbury will play this weekend as the state tournament continues in Utah County.
The Stallions then faced Region 9 champion Dixie in a second-round game, but struggled to get anything going offensively in a 2-0 loss. Dixie pitcher Tyson Fisher threw a complete-game one-hitter, while Stansbury starter Justin Matthews allowed two runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work. Buys had the Stallions’ lone hit in the loss.
The defeat dropped Stansbury into the one-loss bracket in the double-elimination tournament. The Stallions will face Carbon in an elimination game Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Nelson Field in Spanish Fork, with the winner facing the winner of the Juan Diego-Union game in another elimination game at 7 p.m.
Juan Diego 10, Grantsville 8
Canyon View 9, Grantsville 8
The Grantsville baseball team’s season came to an end Saturday in Cedar City, with the Cowboys’ comeback effort against Juan Diego in the first round falling just short before a tough loss to Canyon View in the one-loss bracket.
Grantsville (13-12) trailed Juan Diego (17-10) 7-1 through four innings, but rallied with two runs in the top of the fifth inning and three more in the top of the sixth to close the gap to a single run. The Soaring Eagle responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the lead to 10-6, and Grantsville managed just two more runs in the top of the seventh.
The Cowboys then lost a heartbreaker to Region 12 champion Canyon View (16-9) on a walk-off hit in the seventh inning.