Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
PROVO – Playing without three injured starters, including junior shortstop Kacie Allman, who remains in the hospital in stable condition after suffering a kidney injury in Tuesday’s game against Wasatch, the Provo High softball team faced a tall order Wednesday on its home field.
The challenge was compounded by the fact that the Stallions of two-time defending state 3A champion Stansbury were came calling. After falling behind 4-0 after the first two innings, the Bulldogs held strong until an eight-run fifth from the visitors did them in completely.
Stansbury received a dominating pitching performance from senior Kimbri Herring, who allowed just a one-out Korynn Gustafson single in the five-inning contest, and pounded out six extra-base hits among its 16 total as the Stallions rolled to the 12-0 win.
A Provo error opened the door to the first two runs of the game in the top half of the first frame, and Stansbury used a triple by Kambree Christiansen in plating two more in the second. McKenzie Corless pitched out of big jams in both the third and fourth before the decisive fifth arrived.
Senior catcher Jade Callister delivered her very own one-two punch in that stanza, leading off the inning with a ground-rule double and finishing it off with a two-run home run to center field. In between, third baseman Alyssa Guymon and shortshop Anjalee Batchelor delivered back-to-back triples to assist with the explosion.
The Bulldogs tried everything they could think of in the effort to manufacture some offense, turning to the bunt game at one point, but at least on this day, it was not to be. The combination of Herring and Callister was just too much to handle.