Against Emery, the Lady Devils had a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Lady Spartans rallied for five runs in the sixth to take a 9-5 lead. Grand was unable to score in the seventh and final inning, leaving Emery with the region victory.
Friday’s contest against San Juan was a pitchers’ duel, with Grand’s Rhiannon Bohannon and San Juan’s Tatiana SueSue each going the distance for their respective teams. Bohannon struck out eight batters and scattered six hits, while SueSue had 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in the shutout win.
San Juan appeared to score its first run midway through the contest, but that run was nullified when the Lady Devils made an appeal play after noticing that the runner had failed to touch third base on her way home. The home umpire agreed, calling the runner out and keeping the game deadlocked in a scoreless tie.
A couple innings later, however, San Juan scored the only run of the contest after getting a runner on base due to being a hit by a pitch. That runner later scored on a long fly ball to left field for a double, which put San Juan ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, Grand’s Kesley Backus doubled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to third base on a bunt by teammate Kylie Haycock. Grand’s next two batters were unable to bring in Backus from third base, however, and the game ended with the score of 1-0 in favor of the Lady Broncos.
“We are having a hard time stringing hits together,” said GCHS assistant coach Carrie Valdes. “That’s something we are working on in practice, and will hopefully get better at as the season goes along.”
This week, the Lady Devils were scheduled to play Union High School in a non-region game at Roosevelt on Wednesday, March 26, followed by a home varsity doubleheader against North Sevier on Friday, March 28, with game times at 2 and 4 p.m.