Lady Devils’ softball squad gears up for spring season
by Drew Chowbay
The Times-Independent
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Grand County’s Tia Shumway delivers a pitch during a win over Emery on March 20, 2017. 				 File photo by Jeff Richards
Grand County’s Tia Shumway delivers a pitch during a win over Emery on March 20, 2017. File photo by Jeff Richards

​ The Lady Devils will be making their 3A debut this spring after the 2017 season ended with a neutral playoff loss to Manti.

​ Grand County’s squad will have three returning seniors this season — Tyra Robertson, Reagan Paxman and Akira McNeely. The trio is looking to make waves in the new division as the stakes increase and the challengers become more formidable.

​ Returning head coach Brook Shumway said he is expecting a decent turnout for the team, projecting roster depth of 18 to 20 players. Among those returning will be a couple of familiar names from the basketball season — Toni McElhaney and Hannah Owen. The duo will be leaping off the court and onto the diamond this spring, adding even more talent to an already competitive roster.

​ As far as stepping into the realm of 3A, Shumway said he isn’t too concerned with the Lady Devils’ prospects.

In terms of Grand’s competitive division, ​“3A is not going to be a whole lot different for us,” he said. “We should be competitive.”

​ The girls will be facing many familiar opponents, with games scheduled against North Sanpete and rival Manti — a team the Devils likely have a bone to pick with after falling to the Lady Templars in the playoffs last season.

​ When it comes to big challenges the ladies will face this year, 3A giant Grantsville will loom large, Shumway said.

​ “They are a powerhouse,” Shumway said. “They sit above everybody else.” ​ Grantsville is the reigning champ in the 3A competition, but the girls will not see them on the diamond unless they end up in a playoff situation.

​ The Lady Devils will play their first junior varsity game on Wednesday, March 7 at 3 p.m. against San Juan at home. The varsity team will start the season Friday, March 9 at the St. George Invite.

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