The event marked the 11th year of Swing for Life, which raises money for the Hunstman Cancer Institute. Founder Debbie Howa and pink-clad members of the various softball teams gathered to celebrate Swing for Life’s milestone of raising $1 million over the past decade.
Grand’s players and coaches raised a total of $3,500 this year, tying them with Pleasant Grove for the highest amount raised by a team, according to GCHS head coach Stephanie Cluff.
“It’s such a fun tournament,” added senior Torrie Lopez, who is Cluff’s younger sister. “We enjoy playing for a good cause, and we got to play some great games against bigger schools.”
On the tournament’s first day, Friday, April 26, Grand played four games at the Cottonwood Complex, winning all four of them in decisive fashion. The Lady Devils beat Milford 10-0, Hillcrest 12-1, Duchesne 8-1, and Layton Christian Academy 12-2.
On Saturday morning at the Valley Complex, Grand lost to Bingham, a highly ranked 5A school, by the score of 9-1. The Lady Devils then played Pleasant Grove. Grand and Pleasant Grove ended up tied on the field as well, as the game ended 10-10, thanks to a big comeback by the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Devils lost their third game on Saturday to Murray High by the score of 14-1. Later in the day, Grand came back to defeat Layton in their final contest of the day, 8-1.
During the tournament, Grand’s pitching duties were shared by Donna Snow, Amanda Sheets, and Rhiannon Bohannon, and the Lady Devils’ junior varsity players all saw action as well. The players got to keep the bright pink T-shirts they wore as jerseys during the tournament.
“We hit really well the first day, but the second day our bats didn’t really come through until the final game,” said Lopez.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Devils had lost their final region game of the season, falling 13-0 to the region-leading San Juan Lady Broncos at Blanding on Tuesday, April 23. That loss left the Lady Devils with a 4-4 region record, meaning they will go to the state playoffs as either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed from Region 15. Grand’s final seed determination depends on how Richfield fares in its final game against Emery on May 2.
The state 2A tournament, which is a double-elimination event, will take place May 9 to May 11 in Spanish Fork.