When Grand County freshman Jaci Shumway smacked a two-run homer deep over the wall in the first inning against Manti on Friday, Lady Devil fans might have thought they had an easy win on their hands.
That’s not the way it turned out, however, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Lady Templars. Trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning, Manti knocked in five more runs to beat Grand County, 6-4, in a lead-up to an even closer second bill matchup.
Grand 4, Manti 6
Lady Devil senior Tyra Robertson started the action against Manti with a single — and she found her way home two batters later as Shumway dinged the home run to log one of her three RBIs in the game.
Leading 2-0 in the second inning, Grand’s starter, freshman Jessica Jones, held the Lady Templars to four at-bats and no runs. Manti was able to get on the board in the third inning after Jones allowed a double off Manti’s Jayda Shaw and a sacrifice RBI from Madison Cox.
Lady Devil junior Corteney Noyes added a run in the third inning after a walk and an error by Manti. The Lady Devils would add just one more run — when Shumway smacked an RBI single to score Robertson, who advanced earlier on a deep triple to the right field line in the fifth inning.
When Manti’s batters took to the field in the third it was a whole new game for the Lady Templars; two home runs (Kiana Pogroszewski and Tyra Hermansen) and a score by Danielle Hatch put Manti up, 4-3. Two more Manti runs by Cassidy Alder and Cox overcame the push by Grand County and the final score was recorded at 6-4 in favor of the Lady Templars.
On the mound, Jones pitched four innings and allowed four runs on six hits for a 7.00 ERA. She also logged four errors while striking out one of the 17 batters she faced. At reliever, Shumway tossed for two innings and allowed two runs for a 2.33 ERA. Shumway struck out two of the 14 batters she faced.
The Lady Devils put up a .933 fielding percentage as seven of the eight fielders were perfect in stopping Manti base runners. Hailey Cox led the team with six stops on six chances, while Robertson stopped five Lady Templars.
Owen penciled in the only stolen base of the game for Grand County.
Grand 4, Manti 5
The seventh inning made the difference in game two of the doubleheader — one where Grand County’s 4-3 lead in the sixth inning was eroded by a pair of Manti runs from Lady Templars Katie Larsen and Kate Mackey.
The Lady Devils led Manti three times in the game, once in the first inning (1-0) again in the fourth inning (2-1) and finally in the sixth. Shumway opened the game with a homer deep to left field to go ahead on the scoreboard. She would add another run in the sixth inning, along with a home run by Hailey Cox. Hannah Tangren blasted a triple in the fourth inning and eventually scored off an RBI single by Shumway.
At pitcher, Shumway pitched 6.1 innings and allowed five runs off eight hits (5.33 ERA) while striking out three of the 29 batters faced.
Regular season nearly over
The results for the April 24 match against Emery at home were not available by press time. The Lady Devils were 7-15 overall and 2-8 in 3A Region 15 prior to the Emery game. The team will travel to Logan on Saturday to play in the Ridgeline Invite. The regular season will end May 1 against San Juan in Blanding.