STANSBURY — While some athletes find pressure confining, Kimbri Herring finds it energizing.
It’s the reason the Stansbury High junior loves the pressure of pitching.
“I think it’s exciting,” she said after leading the top-ranked Stallions to a 10-3 win over second-ranked Bear River Friday afternoon.
Even her teammates said they can sense when Herring is feeling comfortable and confident in the circle.
“I love watching Kimbri pitch,” said senior Beth Chipman, who had a three-RBI double in the victory. “I can just feel the fire inside of her.”
The Stallions led the entire game, scoring one run in the first inning and one run in the second. In the fourth inning, they scored two more runs, but it was the sixth inning that really put Stansbury in the driver’s seat.
The Bears scored their first run of the game in the top of the six when Bailee Trapp scored on McKayla King’s single up the middle. On the subsequent play, however, Stansbury first baseman Qyncee Horrocks caught a line drive and beat the runner back to the bag for the first of two double plays by the Stallion defense.
When the Stallions got their turn at the plate in the sixth, they capitalized on every opportunity, including two fielding errors by the Bears. Chipman’s double to left field scored three runs, and then the senior second baseman scored on Anjalee Batchelor’s hit to left field.
At the end of the sixth inning, Stansbury led Bear River 10-1. The Bears rallied for two more runs in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to catch the Stallions.
The win felt especially good to the players after losing a heartbreaker to Grantsville on Tuesday.
“Tuesday was a wake-up call,” said Herring. “I think we were just thinking it would be easy.”
Unfortunately, the Stallions won’t have the benefit of any easy wins in deep and competitive Region 11.
“Every game is a battle because everyone is so good,” said Chipman. “We’re ready to play everyone. Every game is going to be a battle.”
While she felt nervous for the game against Grantsville, she said she and her teammates felt confident going into Friday’s contest with Bear River.
“We went into that game a little flat,” Chipman said. “Tonight, it was like, ‘Let’s bounce back and win this thing!’”
Stansbury coach Bridget Clinton said the region is so competitive, no lead feels safe. She said she knew before the season began that no team would escape region play without a loss.
“It’s hard to stay amped up all the time,” Clinton said. “Tuesday we just didn’t play good. Today we played better defensively and we hit the ball when we needed to.”
“Stansbury’s got a really good team, and you have to give them credit,” said Bears head coach Calvin Bingham. “We had too many errors and too many times we let the first batter get on base.”
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