TAYLORSVILLE — As the saying goes, hitting is contagious.
The Tooele Buffaloes showed just how infectious a string of hits can be when they posted a 14-3 win over Bonneville in just five innings during the 4A state tournament on Wednesday evening.
We just had a great inning and kept rolling, kept rolling, said Tooele head coach Steve Snow. Hitting is contagious so once one home run goes out, everybody else says, Hey, I can do that.
The Buffaloes finished the third inning with nine hits, three of them home runs, and 12 players crossed the plate.
Kirsten Zander led off the inning reaching first on a Laker fielding error. She was immediately followed by a Marissa Mendenhall home run. Whitney Holt was hit by a pitch, Brooke Slade hit a double, and Starley Pollei each added singles Cheyenne Hegsted.
With two outs, Hadli Sorensen hit the second home run, driving in three runs, and then Zander, Mendenhall, Holt and Slade followed up with a walk, two singles and a double prior to Lauren Fraileys homer, giving the Buffaloes a 14-0 advantage.
What an inning, Snow said afterward. I dont think weve scored 12 runs in an inning this year, so that was definitely our biggest output inning. The first few innings (Tooele) had a tough time adjusting to (Bonneville pitcher Amber Hancocks) speed, and shes got a different delivery. The second time around they were able to make the adjustment and got on time.
Hancock kept the Buffaloes offense quiet for the first two innings. They scored just two runs, and those players reached base on a fielding error and a walk.
Tooele pitcher Whitney Holt also had her way with the opponents bats. She limited the Lakers to just two hits and a base on balls in the first four innings. Bonneville scored its runs in the fifth inning when Jamie Garner entered the batting lineup.
Garner, a sophomore, started the fifth inning with a single and McKinlee Westmoreland followed up with a double. Aimee Hancock reached base due to a Tooele fielding error, a play the allowed both Garner and Westmoreland to score. Aimee Hancock eventually made it home, too, scoring on a wild pitch.
Bonneville is a good team and I think they got down, Snow said. Ive been on the receiving end of that and it dont feel good. One thing I can commend them for is finishing the game and keeping coming strong, because its just a tough situation for them to be in. I look for them to rebound. Theyre a very good team, not like the score indicated.
With the win, Tooele earned a matchup with the only other team in the tournament left without a loss, Mountain Crest, today at 6:45 p.m. Bonneville dropped into the one-loss bracket, where it will face Uintah at 4:30 p.m.