Stansbury turned a tight game into a rout with six runs in the fifth inning to beat Bear River 9-2 on Wednesday in Stansbury Park.
The Stallions ripped four of their nine hits of the game in the explosive fifth.
Three-sport star JarDee Nessen kept Stallion run production at two after four complete innings from the mound for the Bears, but things caved in for Bear River in the fifth.
Stansbury led the game 2-1 entering the bottom of their big offensive inning.
Ian Calder started it off for the Stallions when he lined a long shot to the left-center gap and raced to third for a lead-off triple.
After a ground out by Gage Manzione, Alex Mackay reached first on an error. Nessen threw his first of three wild pitches in the inning to bring in Calder to make it 3-1. Jacob Colovich singled and Trent Griffin reached on a second Bear River error.
Alex Mackay, Colovich and Griffin all scored with the help of some sloppy throwing by the Bears to make it 6-1.
Jace Myers hit a towering fly ball that found the grass among three Bear River players for a single and an RBI to make it 7-1. Myers eventually scored on a single by Nick Mackay to make it 8-1.
Bear River pulled Nessen off the mound after Nick Mackay’s single, and the reliever was able to end the inning with a ground out. The combination of solid hitting, three wild pitches and two errors contributed to the six-run inning.
Stansbury improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in region with the victory.
“We were rusty in the beginning today and left runners on base, then we started to hit the ball and score,” said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton. “They (Bear River) kicked the ball around a bit in that big inning to help us out.
“This was a key victory for us. We needed this first win against Bear River here because we go up there on Friday, and we’ll face their best pitcher (Hayden) Woodward,” Clinton said. “We just didn’t want to go 0-2 this week against them.”
Stansbury ace Griffin pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts. He allowed three hits and three walks.
Manzione is scheduled to pitch for the Stallions in Garland on Friday.
The Stallions opened the game with a bang when Nick Mackay drove the ball to the right-center gap for a lead-off double. He scooted to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a sacrifice fly ball to deep left by Manzione.
The Bears’ Hunter Porritt doubled with one out in the second for the Bears, but Griffin ended up striking out the side.
Stansbury appeared to be headed for a big inning when it loaded the bases with no outs in the third. The Bears helped out with two hit batters and a walk.
Manzione hit back to the mound, and the Bears got the force at home. The catcher then threw to first where Manzione was initially called safe. But after a lengthy discussion the umpires called Manzione out for a double play. Nessen got a strikeout to get out of the jam with two SHS runners stranded.
Griffin struck back for three more strikeouts in the fourth, after giving up a bloop single.
The Stallions increased the lead to 2-0 in their half of the fourth with back-to-back hits. Colovich knocked a pitch to the right field corner and raced to third for a stand-up triple to start the inning. Griffin then pounded the ball up the middle for the RBI. Kyle Lindsley followed with shot down the left field line for a double and Griffin stopped at third. Stansbury left both runners on base with a pop out, ground out and a long deep fly out to left by Nick Mackay.
Bear River rallied to cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally. A fielding error and a throwing error by the Stallions helped the Bears get their first run of the game.
The tension was eased for the Stallions in the fifth when they scored the six runs to make it 8-1.
Stansbury scored its final run in the sixth when Manzione singled to center, moved to second on a wild pitch and came home on a single to right by Griffin.
The Bears added their second run in the top of the seventh on a walk and throwing errors by Stansbury.
The Stallions will face Grantsville twice next week on Tuesday at home, and on Thursday at Grantsville.