Baseball team defeats Broncos, wins two against Wasatch Academy
by Robin Willscheidt
Contributing Writer
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Grand’s Brayden Ward connects with the ball for a base hit, driving in two runs against the San Juan Broncos in the second inning of play on April 1. In the Red Devils’ very next at-bat, Adam Jenkinson’s base hit drove in two more runs as Grand built an early 4-0 lead. The Red Devils ultimately won the game 11-1. Photo by Jeff Richards
Grand’s Brayden Ward connects with the ball for a base hit, driving in two runs against the San Juan Broncos in the second inning of play on April 1. In the Red Devils’ very next at-bat, Adam Jenkinson’s base hit drove in two more runs as Grand built an early 4-0 lead. The Red Devils ultimately won the game 11-1. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School baseball team picked up three wins last week, beating the San Juan Broncos, and sweeping a double-header against Wasatch Academy.

The Red Devils defeated the Broncos by the score of 11-1 on Tuesday, April 1, in a game completely controlled by Grand.

“It’s nice to get a big win against a rival school,” Red Devil assistant coach Ron Dolphin said of the San Juan contest.

Grand played strong baseball from the very start of the game and dominated San Juan through the final inning. The Red Devils took the lead in the first inning and maintained it throughout the six-inning contest.

Not only did the Red Devils perform well defensively, with GCHS senior Koi Cook pitching all six innings, but the team also had solid hits throughout the game.

“Everything clicked,” Dolphin said. “We played the way we’re supposed to play.”

On Friday, April 4, the Red Devils traveled to Mt. Pleasant for a double-header against the Wasatch Academy Tigers. Once again, Grand dominated its competitor.

The Red Devils won both games handily, taking down the Tigers in the first game by the score of 32-1, and shutting out Wasatch Academy completly in game two with a 32-0 win.

Although the games could have ended sooner due to the mercy rule, both teams agreed to play through a full five innings.

“Both coaches wanted the kids to have more playing time,” Dolphin said. “There was very good sportsmanship. Everyone just wanted to learn and play the game.”

Halfway through each contest, younger players on the Red Devil team were given the opportunity to take the field. The Red Devils played well both offensively and defensively and improved their skills for games to come, Dolphin said.

Sophomore Dalton McElhaney was the winning pitcher for the first game, and senior Cameron Taylor brought home the win in the second contest against the Tigers.

This week, the Red Devils were scheduled to play their last varsity home game of the season against Emery, the current first-place team in Region 15, on Tuesday, April 8. Grand will play South Sevier in a two-game varsity contest on Thursday, April 10 in Monroe.

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