Tuesday’s in-county softball matchup between Tooele and Stansbury was a blow-out — literally.
Both teams battled gusts of wind of more than 50 miles per hour that bent infield throws and swept hits with any air on them into an adjacent park, not to mention made things pretty uncomfortable for everyone outside.
Despite tough playing conditions, Stansbury managed to shut Tooele out and send nine runners home, climbing to the top of the Region 11 standings with the 9-0 win.
“It was what it was,” said Stansbury coach Bridget Clinton of the playing conditons. “We hit the ball when we needed to. We played great defense, got timely hits and had great pitching.”
Stansbury scored early when senior standout Janessa “Cheetah” Bassett got on base with a grounded single, stole second and made her way across home plate in the first inning. The score stayed stagnant until Kimbri Herring — who pitched her second-straight shutout game — was walked on base and stole third and home in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Stansbury added another five runs to the tally, including another one from Bassett. They rounded out to their score with one run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Tooele, however, did not fare so well. Between fouls and balls that blew into the strike zone at the last minute, it wasn’t until the bottom of the second that catcher Whitnie Touhuni got on base. One near-score by Alyssa Arslanian was foiled when Bassett caught a fly ball in center field, ending the inning before Arslanian crossed home plate.
Referees called time out several times to wait for gusts to die down, and more than a dozen hits that normally would have been driven fair and deep in the outfield were blown over the right field fence.
The win propels Stansbury to the top of the Region 11 rankings with a 4-1 record, while Tooele and Grantsville are tied for second with records of 4-2. Bear River sits in fourth with 2-3, while Ben Lomond hasn’t been able to get out of last place with a 0-6 record.