Stansbury nabbed sole possession of first place in Region 11 with a 4-1 victory over rival Grantsville Tuesday afternoon in Stansbury Park. The victory improves the Stallions’ region record to 5-0.
Stansbury made good on its scoring opportunities leaving only five runners on base during the game while the Cowboys had chances to score but stranded 10 runners. Both starting pitchers went the distance on the mound with Jesse Clingman getting the win for the Stallions and Dalen Erickson the loss for the Cowboys.
“Jesse made the pitches when he had to, but he struggled a bit after having not pitched in 12 days,” said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton. “He struck out 13 and only gave up two hits, but he also had five walks and hit three batters. I thought their pitcher (Erickson) did a great job. He has three pitches and that makes a high school pitcher tough to hit when they have more than just one or two pitches.”
The Cowboys scored a run in the first inning and that was all the offense they good muster for the game. The Stallions tied the game in the fourth inning and finished off their scoring with two runs in the sixth inning for the 4-1 victory.
Grantsville scored its one run when Drew Sutton walked and raced home on a Skyler Cloward double to right-center field. Cloward advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to right field by Kelby Landon and Conner Turner walked to put runners at first and third with two outs. Jesse Clingman was able to the third out in the inning with a strikeout.
Grantsville catcher Landon made a great throw to second base in the bottom of the first inning to get Wyatt Branch trying to steal to thwart a Stansbury rally. Branch had reached base on a single up the middle.
The Cowboys again put runners at second and third with two outs in the top of the second, but left them there with a fly out to end the inning. An error on a pop fly with two outs in the second inning allowed the Stallions to score their first run. The Stallions were still in business with two on base and two outs when Grantsville left fielder Smith covered a lot of ground quickly in foul territory to make a catch for the third out.
Grantsville left another pair of runners on base in the third inning with Jesse Clingman getting another strikeout for the third out. The Stallions went down in order in their half of the third.
The Cowboys left two more on base in the fourth inning with Branch catching a towering pop up for the third out. Stansbury grabbed its first lead of the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Marcos Chacon was hit by a pitch and Dakota Case came in to run for Chacon. Case advanced to second on a single by Jesse Clingman, to third on a wild pitch and home on a wild pitch to make it 2-1. Jesse Clingman ended up stranded at third when Erickson fanned a batter and got a pop out for the third out.
After a single by Landon in the fifth, Jesse Clingman struck out the next three batters. Branch popped his second single of the game in the fifth with two outs, but was stranded at first base.
Stansbury scored the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth without a hit. Chacon walked and Chandler Staley came in to pinch run for Chacon. Jesse Clingman walked and then an excellent bunt sacrifice by Trevor Clingman pushed the runners to second and third with one out. Filip Anderson knocked a long drive to left field on a sacrifice fly to bring in Staley and then Jesse Clingman scored on a wild pitch.
Grantsville drops down to third place in the region with a 4-2 record. The Cowboys play at Ogden today and host Morgan on Tuesday. Stansbury hosts Ben Lomond today and plays at Morgan on Friday.