The Lady Devils softball team went 2-1 in the last week as the regular season wraps up and the playoff runs in 3A begin. The sluggers from Grand began the week by blanking Emery, 6-0, in the final home game of the season, and split games at the Ridgeline Invitational tournament in Logan, losing to Sky View (Smithfield) by two runs before defeating Morgan, 20-3.
The regular season ended May 1 for Grand County at San Juan. Results and stats for that game were not available by press time. Before the San Juan game, however, the Lady Devils (3-8 in 3A Region 15, 9-16 overall) were in fifth place in region. If that regional position holds, Grand County will likely face 3A Region 14 No. 2-seed Union in the first round of the playoffs on May 5.
Grand County v. Emery
Grand County 6, Emery 0
The Lady Devils hanged a donut on Emery at home on Tuesday, April 24. The game was the final home stand for Grand County this season and recognition was given to seniors Tyra Robertson and Akyra McNeely.
Both Grand County and Emery went scoreless in the first three innings. Lady Devil pitcher Jaci Shumway, who threw for 7.1 innings, allowed only three hits and walked two Lady Wildcat batters. Shumway struck out 10 and also recorded a defensive stop against Emery on the mound. In her at-bats, Shumway penciled in two hits, including a double to right field.
Among the Lady Devil batters, it was a case of spread-the-wealth; the six runs scored by Grand County came from six batters, with Jessica Jones, Kaci McKinney, Toni McElhaney, Hailey Cox, Hannah Owen and Robertson scoring for the Lady Devils. Hannah Tangren, Jones, Robertson and Owen each hit single RBIs in the game, with Tangren recording a sacrifice bunt. Jones also stole a base for the Lady Devils.
The fielding percentage for Grand County was up over recent games, coming in at .962 as seven of the nine defensive players recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding average. Only one error came from the outfield during the game. Owen led on defense at catcher with 10 stops on 11 chances and an assist.
Grand County v. Sky View
Grand County 6, Sky View 8
Six errors in the field by Grand County, combined with an edge in hitting by Sky View in the second and fourth innings, led to a two-run loss for the Lady Devils against Sky View at the Ridgeline Invitational tournament in Logan on Saturday, April 28.
The game was tied at 1-1 at the end of the first inning, but a two-run second inning for the Lady Bobcats helped the team from Smithfield lead Grand County 5-4 by the beginning of the third inning. Both teams traded runs in the third inning, but Sky View outlasted the Lady Devils in the fifth inning, adding two runs to Grand County’s sole run for the 8-6 win.
Robertson led for the Lady Devils with an RBI homer and added another run after reaching on a Sky View error. McKinney, McElhaney, Tangren and Corteney Noyes also scored runs for Grand County. McElhaney added a stolen base.
The six errors in the field were fatal for Grand County as they recorded a .793 fielding average. The trio of Owen, Robertson and Noyes were perfect at their positions, combining for four stops on nine chances while adding five assists to other fielders.
At the mound, Jones pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs off three hits and gave up three walks. Jones left the mound with a 2.10 ERA against 18 batters. As relief, Noyes racked up five runs off five hits for a 26.25 ERA.
Grand County v. Morgan
Grand County 20, Morgan 3
In her three at-bats, Owen tallied up a home run, two more runs, a double and three RBIs to help lead the Lady Devils to victory over the Morgan Lady Trojans at Logan.
Also scoring three runs for Grand County were Noyes (three singles, two RBIs) and Tangren (a double, three RBIs, no strikeouts), Cox (four doubles, two runs, three RBIs), Robertson (one hit, two runs, reached on error), Chloe Book (reached on error, a double, two runs, two RBIs), Jones (reached on error, one hit, two runs, one RBI), Shumway (one hit, one run, two walks) and McElhaney (reached on error, one run).
The pitching staff of Morgan struck out no Lady Devil batters.
Two errors on defense gave Grand County a fielding percentage of .905, with Cox recording a perfect 1.000 average on three stops via three chances.
Between starter Robertson and Noyes on the mound, Grand County allowed only four hits and three runs, which came in the first and third innings.