Lady Devils scorch Beaver at St. George invitational
by Greg Knight
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Lady Devils junior Cortney Noyes goes up to bat against Beaver on Saturday, March 17. Noyes recorded two hits, two RBIs and a run in the game. 					         	             Photo by Ron Dolphin
Lady Devils junior Cortney Noyes goes up to bat against Beaver on Saturday, March 17. Noyes recorded two hits, two RBIs and a run in the game. Photo by Ron Dolphin
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After a pair of devastating losses at the second half of the St. George Elite Invite tournament last weekend, the Lady Devils softball team bounced back in their third and final game, defeating the Beaver Lady Beavers, 18-6, to record a 3-5 record overall and an 0-1 record in 3A Region 15 competition.

In the two early losses, Grand County first fell to Desert Hills High School of St. George, 18-1, followed by a 10-0 drubbing by Lincoln County High School of Panaca, Nevada. Jessica Jones scored the sole run in the Desert Hills game after singling and advancing on an RBI sacrifice from Hailey Cox. Jones allowed 19 hits by the Lady Thunder in the game.

The second loss, to Lincoln County, saw Noyes allow 10 runs off 10 hits while giving up seven walks. While the Lady Devils were able to record nine hits — including a double from Hannah Tangren — they were unable to face down the fielding prowess of the Lady Lynx and found themselves with 10 left-on-base situations.

And then, there was Beaver.

Facing a sweep at the tournament, the Lady Devils rallied behind Jones at pitcher — she allowed only six runs on six hits — and fired up the bats to pencil in 19 hits and 18 runs. Eleven of those runs came in the second inning as Grand County took a 12-2 lead and never looked back. One of the biggest factors for Grand County was Cox’s two home runs and four RBIs in four at-bats. Jones and Akyra McNeely also smashed homers and combined for five more RBIs in the second inning.

On defense Hannah Owen ruled the day for Grand County by going 7-of-7 in the outfield. Cox was 3-of-3 on putouts and the team went 15-of-22 (.818) in fielding.

As a team, Grand County batted .567 to lead Beaver at .400.

The results for the Tuesday game against Carbon were not available by press time. The Lady Devils will travel to the Payson Invite tournament on Saturday.

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