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Jesse Clingman throws a strike against Bear River. Clingman pitched a complete game in the 8-4 Stansbury win.

STANSBURY PARK — Two days after putting a 10-0 beatdown on the Ben Lomond Scots, the Stansbury Stallions were back on the baseball diamond Thursday.

Jesse Clingman pitched a complete game for the Stallions, and Matt Lindsley hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the second to help the Stallions beat Bear River 8-4.

Kade Purser hit an RBI double for the Bears.

The Bears grabbed an early 2-0 lead heading into the home half of the second, but the Stallions quickly answered. Jackson Clausing scored on an error, and Cody Barkdull drove in a run with a blooper to right that tied the game at 2-2. Lindsley’s RBI triple gave the Stallions the 3-2 lead.

Brock Hill had an RBI single to tie the game back up in the top of the third, but it was all Stansbury from then on.

In particular, Stansbury's Wyatt Branch made a key play for the Stallions in the top of the fifth inning. With runners on second and third base and Stansbury holding a 5-4 lead, Branch made a diving stop on a hard hit ball up the middle that saved what would have been at least run — and maybe a lot more for the Bears.

"He made a great play saving a sure run and perhaps a big inning," said Stansbury coach Ray Clinton.

The Stallions got three more runs, two of them off Bear River errors. The Bears committed three key errors in the game, and that made a big difference in the game's outcome.

The Stallions move to 8-2 on the year, while the Bears drop to 7-2. Bear River is back in action tomorrow against the Box Elder Bees, and the Stallions will travel to Bountiful to face the Braves on Saturday.

CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a junior at Stansbury High School.