The Stansbury baseball team entered its final Region 11 series of the season knowing it had to win at least two games against Bonneville to have a shot at a Class 4A state tournament berth.
Tuesday’s 10-0, run-rule-shortened win over the Lakers didn’t clinch anything for the Stallions yet, but it certainly helped.
“One down, two more to go,” Stansbury coach Ray Clinton said. “We got off to a good start, and we scored in almost every inning. If you score in every inning, chances are, you’re going to win most games.”
Five of Stansbury’s 10 hits went for extra bases, including doubles by freshmen Cayden Clark, Gage Miller and Colton Sundloff. Senior Konner Mason also hit a double, and junior Austin Woodhouse’s two-run, two-out triple in the bottom of the fifth inning brought the game to a close.
Woodhouse and Miller each drove in three runs in the victory for Stansbury (7-15, 6-10 Region 11). Kaden Nicholes had a dominant performance on the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
“Two hits in five innings – that’s pretty good,” Clinton said. “They’re not going to score too many runs that way.
Stansbury is not completely in control of its postseason destiny. If the Stallions win the final two games of the series, they still need Ogden to lose at least two of its final three games. If Stansbury splits the remaining two games, the Stallions need Ogden to lose all three of its games. Losing the final two games to Bonneville would eliminate Stansbury from playoff contention.
Tuesday’s game began with cancer survivor Toni Broadhead throwing out the first pitch. The Stallions kept track of how many total bases they reached during the game, and money was donated to cancer research on Broadhead’s behalf.
“Today was special with raising money for Toni Broadhead,” Clinton said. “Obviously, to raise money, you’ve got to get a lot of hits, and we did that today.”
Wednesday’s scheduled rematch with the Lakers was postponed by rain, and will be played on Monday in Washington Terrace. Friday’s game between the teams at Stansbury High will serve as the Stallions’ final home game of the season.