Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 18, 2022
Tooele, Stansbury baseball teams drop out of tourney

The 23rd-seed Stansbury High baseball team opened the playoffs on Friday with 4-3 victory over 26th-seed Highland. The Stallions then lost its state regional series to 10th-seed Bountiful two games to one to conclude its 2022 season.

Stansbury broke a 3-3 tie with Highland with a run in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3 and moved on to the Regionals against Bountiful.

The Stallions lost Saturday’s game 10-0, won its first game on Monday 8-5, and then lost the third game 14-4.

Playoff highlights included a three-RBI hitting performance by sophomore Bracken Mathews against Highland, an 11 strikeout outing for pitcher Jace Carroll in the victory at Bountiful with two RBIs from Xaviah Patch, a home run by Brandon Bastian and a double by Will Hinton in the final game of the year at Bountiful.

The Braves will play at crosstown rival Woods Cross in the Regionals this week.

Tooele opened the tournament at home with a 6-0 victory over East in a single-elimination game.

Two pitchers were used to complete the shutout. Ethan Garcia started and allowed four hits in five complete innings and struck out six. Carson Hendrix pitched the final two innings to close out the victory. The Buffaloes completed a 6-4-3 double play in the first inning — Camden Colovich to Bryson Byrd to Jayson Shubert.

Tooele opened with a pair of runs in the first inning. Bryson Byrd walked to start the game, and with one-out Hagen Bowen tripled to score Byrd. Connor Spindler followed with an RBI single to left to make it 2-0 Buffaloes.

Down 2-0, East threatened in the fifth with runners at the corners and two outs, but Garcia struck out the next batter to end the threat.

Tooele loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when Adrien Lovato pounded the ball to deep left field, but it was tracked down for the third out by the left fielder.

East rallied again in the sixth with a walk and single, and Hendrix came on to pitch. The runners eventually reached second and third with one out. Garcia got another strikeout for the second out, and Byrd was able to snag a towering pop fly for the third out.

Tooele gained some breathing room in the sixth with four runs to make the final 6-0. Some savvy base running by Shubert and Byrd scored one run to make it 3-0. An error followed by a two RBI double from Bowen made it 5-0, and a sacrifice grounder from Spindler made it 6-0.

Bowen knocked three hits in the game.

In the first game at Wasatch on Saturday, the Wasps led 4-0 after four innings and then exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to win the game 10-0. Colovich tripled in the game for the Buffs.

The 13th seed Wasps knocked the Buffaloes out of the tournament with a 2-0 shutout on Monday. Jake Hervat only allowed four hits in the game while Jackson Kelson of Wasatch allowed three hits.

Wasatch advances to play fifth seed Cottonwood in a best-of-three series Thursday and Friday.


Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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