Tooele softball is back on top.
After finishing fourth in Region 11 last year, the Buffaloes nabbed the region title Friday with at 3-1 victory at Bear River.
Tooele (6-2) finished one game ahead of local foes Stansbury and Grantsville (5-3), while Bear River (4-4) ended up in fourth place.
The Cowboys get the second seed in the state tourney after a sweep of Stansbury in region games.
“It really feels good to be able to win this region. These kids have worked hard over the past two seasons, and it is nice to have something to show for it,” said Tooele coach Melanie Nelson.
Tooele managed to score one run in the opening inning when it loaded the bases. Tooele tallied the run on a ground ball to the shortstop whose throw to home hit a Tooele runner headed to third base. Sierrah Anderson’s double helped get things started for the Buffaloes in the opening inning.
Bear River knotted the game at 1-1 in the first, but would not score again. Lauren Frailey scattered five hits overall, and gave up zero extra-base hits to pick up the win for Tooele in the circle.
Whitney Touhuni pounded a two-run game-winning home run in the top of fourth inning with Izzy Nicholas on board. Nicholas pinch ran for Frailey.
Tooele will host Morgan Saturday at 10 a.m. at Deseret Peak Complex in the first round of the state tourney. If the Buffaloes lose they will play a second game at 2 p.m. If they win they won’t play until Thursday, May 15 at the Spanish Fork Complex at 3 p.m.
Grantsville faces Union on Saturday in Payson at 10 a.m. in the first round.
Stansbury tangles with Juan Diego in Cedar City at 10 a.m. in the first round.