GRANTSVILLE — The Stansbury Stallions and Grantsville Cowboys renewed their baseball rivalry Wednesday in a game that could decide the Region 11 crown. Stansbury was able to get the best of its rival, scoring seven unanswered runs and winning the game 9-6 in 11 innings.
"It was a huge win," said Brek Bentley, who pitched seven innings and went 3-5 with an RBI for the Stallions. "Obviously they're our rivals, but we also knew they were ranked fifth and we were ranked fourth in the state."
Bentley, who had struck out 25 batters in his last two games coming into Wednesday's start, was roughed up early by the Cowboys. Grantsville took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Manuel Begay hit a two-run RBI single to center field.
Stansbury was able to trim the deficit to one when Gage Manzione hit an RBI double, and the Stallions tied the game at 2-2 when Alex Mackay hit a two-out RBI single that brought in Filip Anderson.
Grantsville regained its lead in the third when Quinton Smith drove in two runs on a single to right, and extended its lead to 6-2 in the fifth after RBI singles by Kelby Landon, and another from Smith.
"I didn't have my best stuff today," said Bentley. "They really put it to me."
Fortunately for Bentley, however, his team came through for him.
Stansbury went to work in the sixth inning, scoring four runs and tying the game at 6-apiece.
Manzione came to the plate with no outs, and runners on first and second, and roped a single, bringing in a run, and cutting the Cowboy lead to 6-3.
Caleb Batchelor then drove in a run on an infield hit to make it 6-4, and an RBI on a bunt from Nick Mackay cut the lead to 6-5. Alex Mackay then tied it at 6-6 on an RBI fielder's choice.
The Cowboys couldn't answer the rest of the game.
The Stallions scored their last three runs in the top of the 11th. Cody Barkdull reached on an error and drove in a run to give Stansbury a 7-6 lead, and Bentley drove in a run on a ground-rule double to make it 8-6.
Another error by Grantsville made the score 9-6, and Grantsville was down to its last three outs.
Kelby Landon had a two-out single and Ky Fisher walked, bringing Skyler Cloward, the potential tying run, to the plate. Cloward struck out looking, however, and the game was over.
"Our offense really came back and kept us in the game," said Bentley. "Trent Griffin came in and pitched a great game, and we came up with the win."
Griffin closed things out for the Stallions, going four scoreless innings while striking out four, including Cloward, to end the game.
"He's a great left-hander. He throws hard. He has great breaking stuff," said Bentley. "He's probably going to be our best pitcher coming back next year."
The Stallions stay atop Region 11 with the win. They're 10-4 overall and 5-0 in Region 11. Meanwhile, the Cowboys dropped to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 11. The two teams will play again in Stansbury on May 2.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a senior at Stansbury High School. Follow CJ on Twitter @BigCeeJ3113
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