The Stansbury baseball team is looking to fill the void left behind when seven seniors graduated last month, meaning there are plenty of spots up for grabs in the Stallions’ lineup.
If Monday’s 16-0, three-inning win over Skyline is any indication, the kids are all right.
“I’m actually really pleased with what I’m seeing,” said Stansbury assistant coach Jim Bolser. “Our pitchers are being aggressive, throwing strikes and working ahead. Offensively, our guys are getting good swings. I’m really encouraged by what we’re seeing so far this summer.
“We want to see who’s going to step up and take charge of some of those spots — they’re wide open. We’ve got some key positions to fill, so we’re going to put some guys in different positions and see who’s going to step up and perform.”
Stansbury, which improved to 3-2 in summer league play, used a patient approach at the plate as Skyline’s pitchers struggled to find the strike zone. The Stallions drew 12 walks and pounded out 10 hits off three Eagles pitchers, erupting for 12 runs in the third inning alone.
“They were waiting to get good strikes to hit,” Bolser said. “The borderline strikes, they were letting go until they had to battle with two strikes. We had a really good approach at the plate today.”
The Stallions’ first seven batters of the game reached base as Stansbury built a 4-0 lead. Hunter Anderson drew a leadoff walk, Hayden Beck singled and Marcus Luker walked to load the bases. Anderson scored on a single to shallow right by Reilly Tripp, and Beck scored on a wild pitch. Conner Fackrell walked to load the bases and Bailey Hunter drove in Luker with an infield single. Tripp scored on another wild pitch.
That was plenty of run support for Stansbury pitcher Jaydan Kelsch, who allowed two hits and a walk in three shutout innings. He also had three strikeouts, and got some help in the field from freshman Kaeden Clark, who made a couple of impressive catches in center field to keep Skyline (2-3) at bay.
“We played great defense,” said Bolser, the Stallions’ pitching coach during the high school season. “(Clark is) a young kid coming in as a freshman who has a chance to do some things. Jaydan Kelsch threw a heck of a game in a short outing. He was aggressive and stayed on top of the hitters, and I like to see that from him.”
With the Eagles struggling on the mound, Stansbury took advantage in the third inning. The Stallions sent 17 hitters to the plate in the frame, including nine before recording their first out. The first four batters reached base without the aid of a hit, as Kelsch, Kaeden Nicholes and Anderson all walked and Beck was hit by a pitch. An RBI single by Luker and a two-run single by Tripp followed, along with two more walks by Fackrell and Hunter.
The Eagles changed pitchers, only to see Clark reach base on a fielding error in left field. Kelsch recorded the inning’s first out with a run-scoring groundout, and Nicholes hit a fly ball to the shortstop for the second out. But the top of the Stallions’ lineup struck again, with Anderson drawing a walk and Beck, Luker and Tripp hitting consecutive RBI singles.
Fackrell drove in two more runs with a double to center field to cap the scoring.
“We contributed up and down the lineup,” Bolser said. “We really didn’t have a hole today. Guys up and down the lineup were doing things.”
Stansbury is scheduled to face Cyprus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Magna.
Tooele (2-1-1) was scheduled to face Herriman on Monday, but results were not available at press time. The Buffaloes will play host to Providence Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dow James Park.