The Grand County Red Devils baseball team is tied with Richfield for second place in 3A Region 15 competition with a record of 6-2 (15-4 overall) after beating league cellar dwellers Manti (2-8 in region, 4-13 overall) twice on April 20. The wins mean Grand County is the overall leader among all Region 15 teams, but trails South Sevier (9-2 in region, 10-6 overall) in region play.
A lot of heavy hitting from Grand County, as well as expert defensive play in the field, contributed to the Red Devils’ wins over Manti in the doubleheader.
Grand 3, Manti 1
Though it was a low-scoring game, Grand County was able to extract a win against the Templars after runs from Bruin Meador, Alec Williams and Masen Ward put the Red Devils over the top in six-and-a-half innings of the first game of a doubleheader at home.
Offensively, Williams capitalized on his at-bats the most, logging two hits, his run and a walk, all while snagging a 1.000 on-base percentage (he was 2.000 when you add his 1.000 slugging percentage). Ward was also productive as he penciled in a 2RBI single and a run, and Nick Downard logged an RBI off his only hit of the game.
At first base, Gage Hansen was perfect in stops (9-of-9) for the sixth game in a row. Catcher Brayden Schultz was also unstoppable in putouts with five Manti runners stopped cold at home. Meador, Ward, Downard and Brayden Cloud were also error-free in stops at their fielding positions.
After pitching 6.1 innings, Ward allowed one run on four hits while walking four and striking out six. Williams pitched .2 innings of relief and retired one batter while walking one and allowing no hits. Ward allowed a .167 on-base average and a .310 on-base percentage for the Templars on 105 pitches.
Grand 8, Manti 1
The Red Devils went up 4-0 in the second inning of the second game of the doubleheader — and by the fifth inning were up 5-1 on their way to a three-run seventh inning to end the game on an 8-1 final score.
Once again, Williams led the Red Devils with two runs, an RBI single off his one hit, reaching home the second time on an error by the Templars. Meador also reached home on a Manti error while contributing two RBIs and a double for Grand County. Trevin Packard added two RBIs off a single. The remaining runs for Grand County came from Josh Jones, Ryelan Denney, Hansen, Ward and Schultz.
The game was also notable for the four stolen bases the Red Devils took from Manti, with Schultz snagging two bases, and Jones and Hansen taking one each.
On defense, Hansen had a perfect 12 stops at first base, while Schultz made four outs at the plate. Cloud, Meador, Jones and Williams were also unblemished in stops in the field.
At pitcher, Jones held up a 1.000 ERA after allowing one run on six hits, while walking three Manti batters and striking out three of the 30 batters faced over seven innings.
The Red Devils will travel to Richfield (6-2 in region, 12-7 overall) on Friday for a varsity doubleheader. Game times are set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.