The Grand County High School baseball team played region rival Emery twice last week, winning at home but losing on the road. Both games ended with the home team scoring the winning run in the bottom of the final inning.
At Moab on Tuesday, March 28, the Red Devils defeated the Spartans 6-5. Grand scored one run in each of the third and fourth innings to open up a 2-0 lead, but Emery scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Red Devils then responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead, 5-4.
In the top of the seventh and final inning, Emery scored a run to tie the game. In the bottom of the inning, Grand’s first two batters both reached base on singles, after which senior Christian Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Grand’s final batter was junior Brayden Schultz, who drew a walk with the bases loaded to end the game 6-5 in favor of the Red Devils.
Reliever Josh Jones was the winning pitcher. Grand had six hits to Emery’s 12.
Two days later, the Red Devils traveled to Castle Dale for a rematch with the Spartans. In that contest, Emery led 4-0 after two innings, but the Red Devils scored six runs over the next three innings to take a 6-4 lead.
Grand then scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-4 lead, but in the bottom of the seventh, reliever Jones ran into trouble when strong headwinds of at least 30 miles per hour kicked up, accompanied by a sudden drop in temperature.
“It got really cold, the wind was blowing right in the pitcher’s face, and [Emery] started to hit the ball,” said GCHS assistant coach Derrick Cook.
The Spartans managed to score five runs with only one out in the bottom of the seventh, ending the game with an RBI single with the bases loaded that gave Emery a 9-8 victory.
Grand had 13 hits during the loss, including two doubles each by Schultz and Nick Downard.
This week, the Red Devils are scheduled to play region rival North Sevier twice: at Moab on Tuesday, April 4 and at Salina on Friday, April 7. Grand will then play South Sevier in a non-region game at Moab on Saturday, April 8, with the varsity contest starting at noon. The Red Devils also have two away games against non-region opponents during spring break next week: at American Leadership Academy on Monday, April 10 and at Summit Academy in Draper on Tuesday, April 11.