The Lady Devils managed just two hits to the Spartans’ 10 hits. Sophomore pitcher Rhiannon Bohannon took the loss for Grand.
Later in the week, on Saturday, April 12, the Lady Devils traveled to Payson to play in an invitational tournament. Grand played four successive games, tying the first one and losing the next three.
The first game at Payson was a defensive battle against Pine View, a 3A school. Neither team was able to score a run before the one-hour time limit, so the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Bohannon pitched seven shutout innings in that contest.
Grand’s second game of the day at Payson was against Lehi, a 5A school that is currently at the top of the Region 4 standings. The Lady Pioneers defeated Grand 12-0 in that game. Freshman Tia Shumway pitched the entire game for the Lady Devils.
Immediately thereafter, the Lady Devils faced South Summit, a 2A school with a 12-4 overall record. Grand battled the Lady Wildcats in a close contest, but South Summit ended up winning the game 5-4. Time ran out before a new inning could start, so Grand missed one last chance to tie or win, according to GCHS assistant coach Carrie Valdes. Bohannon went the distance on the mound and took the loss.
In the Lady Devils’ fourth and final game of the day on Saturday, Grand lost to Wasatch, a 4A school, by the score of 10-0. Shumway pitched the first inning, after which she was relieved by Bohannon, who pitched the rest of the game.
“It was really long day for us,” Valdes said. “We played at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., then drove home. Exhausting!”
With the Emery loss, Grand dropped to 2-4 in Region 15 play, putting them in fourth place among the five teams in the region. San Juan is currently atop the region standings with a 6-0 record, while South Sevier and Emery are tied for second place with 3-3 records.
The Lady Devils’ last remaining region game of the season is scheduled against San Juan on April 30 at Blanding. Depending on how the season’s remaining games play out, Grand will either make the state 2A playoffs as either the No. 3 or the No. 4 seed from Region 15. The latter scenario would necessitate a play-in game with Region 14’s fourth-place team, which would most likely be Layton Christian, Valdes noted.