Stansbury and Tooele traveled 300 miles to play in preseason baseball games, but they still couldn’t get away from each other.
The Stallions defeated the Buffaloes on Saturday morning in St. George 12-2 in one of four games that each team played.
“We’ve been struggling with the bats up until this point,” said SHS coach Ray Clinton. “We got the bats going and hopefully we can continue that throughout the year.”
Clinton said the game against the Buffaloes will help later on when the teams play in region because the Stallion players now know they can score runs against them.
THS coach Catham Beer said he wasn’t discouraged because he knows the Buffaloes can play better.
“They’re arm-weary,” he said of his own players. “It’s a long tournament. We know that we won’t have to come out next time and play [the Stallions] the third game in two days. I see the potential. I think we have that chance.”
Beer said he talked about leadership and having certain players step up to the role of being leaders.
“As we all do our job — players and coaches — we’ll be fine,” he said. “I’ve been happy this week. We haven’t had as many errors for the first the week of games, so it’s always just the basics — routine, routine. You do that and the game takes care of itself.”
The region schedule is approaching fast, so Clinton said the Stallions need all the fine-tuning they can get.
“It’s all about getting the reps in before region starts,” he said. “We have one more game after this tournament next week before region play against Ben Lomond. We want to be on all cylinders. Every facet of the game has got to be working through pitching, defense and hitting. With only one game next week, we’ll have a lot of time to practice and get ready for region the following week.”
Stansbury defeated Carbon and lost to Cedar and Bear River in its other three games in St. George.
The Stallions opened the St. George trip with a 5-2 win against the Carbon Dinos on Friday. The Cedar Redmen followed that with a win against the Stallions 8-1.
Following Stansbury’s win against Tooele, the Stallions were shut out 6-0 against Bear River in another preseason matchup of Region 11 squads.
Stansbury plays at West Jordan on Wednesday. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.
Tooele struggled to keep pace with teams in its first three games in St. George, capped by the 10-run loss to Stansbury. But, following the loss to the Stallions, the Buffs found the offense they needed to get a 14-11 win against Hunter.
The Buffs lost 12-0 to Cedar and 13-3 to Carbon on Friday.
Tooele next plays at Hunter on Thursday. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.