Getting that one run to end the game proved difficult for both Stansbury and Bear River Tuesday afternoon in Garland. Finally, after being on the field for more than three hours, the Stallions got four runs in the top of the 14th inning to defeat the Bears 9-5.
The game was tied at 2-2 after three innings, 3-3 after eight innings and 5-5 after nine innings. Neither team scored in innings 10 through 13 until the 14th inning when the Stallions finally ended it keep their 7-0 region record intact.
“When it started to get to those later extra innings I just wanted the game to end,” said Stansbury starting pitcher Jesse Clingman. “I didn’t want us to do something little and stupid during those late extra innings which would let them win the game.”
Leading 5-3 and heading to the bottom of ninth, the Stallions made a pair of errors in the field which allowed the Bears to score twice and keep the game alive.
Then in the bottom of the 10th the Bears had a runner at third base with only one out and they made a blunder when the runner broke for home with the batter swinging through the pitch giving the Stallions an easy put out at home plate to end the threat.
“I was playing at third base and I think they were trying for a squeeze play and both guys missed the sign,” Clingman said.
With one out in the 14th, Chandler Staley walked and then Jesse Clingman drilled a double to left-center which put Staley at third. Bear River walked Filip Anderson to load the bases and then Trevor Clingman smacked at two-run single to make it 7-5 for the Stallions. Dallas Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Anderson and Trevor Clingman scored when the Bear River catcher tried to pick him off at third base and hit Clingman with the ball careening away from third base allowing Clingman to run home.
Stansbury pitching was solid considering only two of the Bears’ runs through 14 innings were earned runs. The Stallion pitchers recorded 21 strikeouts in the game. Starter Jesse Clingman worked nine innings and struck out 15. Jake Witkowski came on to throw three shutout innings with three strikeouts, and Dallas Jones earned the victory on the mound with two shutout innings and three strikeouts.
“Our pitching has been really good and that’s the best Jesse’s thrown all year,” said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton. “He was really on target and allowed only two walks through nine innings.”
Bear River pitching was also good with starter Taylor Ramsdell pitching 11 and one-third innings. “We did have 16 hits through 14 innings, but we just couldn’t string them together,” Clinton said. “It’s tough to go up to Bear River and get a win; we were lucky to come away with a victory. They feel real comfortable in their home park.”
With the game tied at 2-2, the Stallions inched ahead 3-2 in the top of the fourth when Marcos Chacon walked and Jackson Clausing came on to run. Clausing went to second on a fielder’s choice, third on a steal and scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Clingman.
Bear River scored in the sixth to tie it again at 3-3. Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth, but it looked like the Stallions might end the game when they scored twice in the top of the ninth. Trevor Clingman hit a bloop single to right and Jarrett Anderson reached base on a bunt. An intentional walk to Wyatt Branch loaded the bases with one out. Tyson Haddon was hit by a pitch to bring in Trevor Clingman and Jarret Anderson scored on a double by Witkowski.
A pair of errors and a pair of singles allowed Bear River to keep the game alive with two runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth.
Two Stallions reached put two on base in the 12th, but the rally ended with a double play by the Bears. Two Bears reached on base with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but Witkowski got a strikeout for out no. 2 and a pop out for out no. 3. Neither team could get a runner on base in the 13th innings and then the Stallions erupted for four runs in the 14th. The Bears picked up a double with two outs in the bottom of the 14th, but left him stranded.
The Stallions host Ben Lomond on Monday and play at Ogden on Tuesday.