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Devils place third at state 2A baseball tourneyBy Jeff Richards The Times-Independent After going 1-1 in the first two games of first-round playoff action at Enterprise the week before, the Grand County High School baseball team faced the daunting task of navigating its way through the one-loss bracket during the 2A state tournament finals at St. George May 12 through 14. The Red Devils managed to send four straight teams packing before ultimately losing 7-6 in the semifinals to North Sevier on Saturday morning and taking third place overall. “I’m proud of our boys,” said GCHS head coach Jared Meador. “We pitched well, played solid defense, and our bats really came alive. Every player contributed.” “We outscored our opponents 45-15 in the five games at state,” Meador added. “I think the big stage really brought out the best in our kids.” Grand’s first game on Thursday afternoon was a 10-0 victory over Millard in six innings at Pineview High. Junior Tobin Wainer belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Red Devils an early 3-0 lead. Senior Dalton McElhaney pitched the first four innings and picked up the win, while Masen Ward added two innings of relief. In addition to Wainer’s home run, Grand also had extra-base hits by Brayden Ward, who hit a triple, and Christian Wilson, who hit a double. That victory put Grand against Gunnison Thursday evening at Dixie State University’s field. Grand won the game 11-4. The Red Devils started off with three runs in the first inning. They added six more runs during a rally in the fourth, building a comfortable lead. Starting pitcher Josh Jones picked up the win, while brothers Masen Ward and Brayden Ward each added some strong relief on the mound. The Red Devils advanced to play region rival Emery on Friday afternoon, with Grand winning the game 6-3. Emery scored two runs in the first inning, but the Red Devils scored twice in the top of the second to tie the game, thanks to a double by Wainer and a failed pickoff throw by Emery’s pitcher. Emery went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the second, but Grand answered with three runs in the top of the third to build a 5-3 lead. Jones then came in to relieve McElhaney, who ended up being the winning pitcher, as the Red Devils held the Spartans scoreless the rest of the way. Grand’s fourth game at St. George was against the Manti Templars. The Red Devils crushed Manti 9-2, with McElhaney pitching the first three innings before being relieved by freshman Brody Williams with Grand ahead 8-1. Williams pitched four solid innings of strong relief, helping the Red Devils advance to the semifinal game Saturday morning against the North Sevier Wolves, with whom Grand had split their regular season series, with each team beating the other once on the road. Saturday morning’s Grand vs. North Sevier game was a back-and-forth affair, with the Red Devils taking an early 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the fourth inning, North Sevier’s Kasey Andersen hit a three-run double to put the Wolves ahead 6-4. Grand later scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game, 6-6.  Neither team scored in the sixth inning, but North Sevier managed to score a run in the top of the seventh, then held off the Red Devils in the bottom of the inning to win 7-6 and advance to the championship game against Enterprise. Trevor Okerlund was the winning pitcher for the Wolves, while Jones took the loss. Enterprise ended up winning the 2A championship later Saturday afternoon, while North Sevier took home the runner-up trophy. The Red Devils’ sportsmanship and athleticism drew praise from many of those in attendance at the tournament, multiple parents said. “As I was leaving the ballpark someone said, ‘You may not have won it all, but you are the team that everyone is talking about,’” said Amy Meador, the coach’s wife and mother of sophomore player Bruin Meador. For the outgoing seniors, including McElhaney, the season’s end was bittersweet. “Third place doesn’t show the hard work we put in, but it isn’t too bad,” McElhaney said. “Our team was a blast to be a part of and I wouldn’t want anyone else as my teammates.” “Coach Meador is the greatest coach I could ever have, and I’m thankful he’s on our side. He knows not only baseball, he knows respect and courtesy,” McElhaney added. “He teaches us a lot in the short seasons we have.”
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Max Lesoine ascends a boulder at the recently opened Moab Boulder Park, located within Lions Park at the corner of U.S. 191 and state Route 128. Now open for use, representatives say the boulder park provides a “safe, free, and bike-accessible opportunity” for the Moab community to practice rock climbing. Moab resident Christina Sloan spearheaded the effort to raise funds to create the boulder park. Approximately 80 percent of the more than $300,000 raised for the project came from contributions by local businesses and individuals. The Grand County Recreation Special Service District and the Governor’s Office for Outdoor Recreation contributed the remaining 20 percent of the funding. The community is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Photo by Molly Marcello
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    Max Lesoine ascends a boulder at the recently opened Moab Boulder Park, located within Lions Park at the corner of U.S. 191 and state Route 128. Now open for use, representatives say the boulder park provides a “safe, free, and bike-accessible opportunity” for the Moab community to practice rock climbing. Moab resident Christina Sloan spearheaded the effort to raise funds to create the boulder park. Approximately 80 percent of the more than $300,000 raised for the project came from contributions by local businesses and individuals. The Grand County Recreation Special Service District and the Governor’s Office for Outdoor Recreation contributed the remaining 20 percent of the funding. The community is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Photo by Molly Marcello
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