By the time you read this story the regular season for the Grand County High School baseball team will be over and the playoffs, once in the rear view mirror, will loom large during the coming two weeks. The second-to-last Red Devils games, a doubleheader against Richfield on the road, resulted in a split bill, with Richfield taking game one and the Red Devils foisting a 21-run victory in the second game.
The May 1 stats against San Juan — the final game of the regular season for Grand County — were not available by deadline for this story. Barring the Broncos matchup, the Red Devils hold onto a 7-3 record in 3A Region 15 competition (16-5 overall) and sit in third place as the playoffs get underway. If the Red Devils hold onto that third place standing they are likely to face the 3A Region 14 team in the No. 4 seed of the bracket —the Providence Hall Patriots (3-6 in region, 5-12 overall).
Grand County beat the Patriots, 10-0, on March 28 in a non-region game.
Grand County 6, Richfield 13
The Red Devils trailed during the entire first game against the Wildcats, falling behind by three runs, 7-4, in the second inning. A two-run fourth inning for Grand — an inning where Red Devils pitcher Alec Williams held the Wildcats scoreless — brought Grand County to within one run at 7-6 in favor of Richfield.
In the fifth inning, however, Williams gave up two more runs to give the advantage to the Wildcats, 9-6. At reliever, Masen Ward gave up the remainder of runs to Richfield, on a final score of 13-6.
The game wasn’t truly lackluster for Grand County on offense as six Red Devils combined for runs, including Brayden Schultz, who finished the game with a 3RBI homer off two hits. Josh Jones also recorded two RBIs off two hits and scored a run. Bruin Meador tagged an RBI as well and penciled in a run off one hit. Brayden Cloud also hit two against the Wildcats.
Errors in the field racked up during the first game for Grand County, with 11 missed opportunities to stop Richfield. Gage Hansen led the team at first base once again with nine stops and an assist. Following closely — and perfect at 5-of-5 — was Schultz at catcher. Meador added four assists from the outfield and Ward added three assists of his own.
Williams finished the game with a 4.20 ERA, while Ward ended the game with an ERA of 10.50. Both Red Devil pitchers allowed a total of three Wildcat homeruns in the game.
Grand County 22, Richfield 1
If the first game on the bill was a solid disappointment for the Red Devils, game two of the doubleheader more than made up for the “L.”
By the time Grand County ended the third inning they were up, 9-0 — and the Red Devils had faced three different Richfield pitchers. The pitching by the Wildcats was so bad, in fact, that they had run through six pitchers just to make it five innings and give up the game, 22-1.
Just as in game one, Schultz and Williams led the charge on offense, tallying up four runs each. Jones tallied up those runs, which included a homer, all while dinging in five RBIs. Ward also hit a homer and added five RBIs to go with his three runs. Cloud also put up three runs. The other scoring runs in the game came from Meador (2), Hansen, Nick Downard and Luke Williams. Hansen also smashed three RBIs.
The Red Devils were a bunch of base-stealing thieves as Cloud stole twice, and Schultz and Williams took a base as well.
A real benefit for Grand County was Schultz at catcher as he made six stops against Richfield. The outfield for Grand County was also a different animal in the second game as they recorded only one error on 18 total chances.
On the mound as the starter for Grand County, Jones went four innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. At relief, Schultz pitched the final inning, allowing one hit and no runs while walking one.
Emery JV outlasts Grand by one run
The Grand County JV baseball team almost cruised to an easy win over the Spartans on Wednesday, April 25. In the fifth inning, Emery found itself trailing by seven runs on a scoreboard that read 9-2 in the fifth inning in favor of the Red Devils.
But then the bats came alive for the Spartans as they came up with five runs to trail by two at 9-7; Grand added a run to make the score 10-7, but in the sixth inning the Spartans added one run to bring the score to 10-8.
With one last at bat, things were looking bleak as the Spartans first two batters were thrown out. A walked Spartans batter scored on a pass ball and then a triple by Emery that brought the score to 10-9. Emery scored again to tie things up at 10-all when Spartan batter Brax Jensen hit a ball into right field, which was dropped on error allowing the runner on third to score for the win.
Patsy Stoddard of the Emery County Progress contributed to this story.