Softball season comes to an end in Spanish Fork
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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Lady Devil junior Hannah Owen (No. 15) takes an at-bat for Grand County against Carbon in the 3A playoffs at Spanish Fork. 
					              Photo courtesy Ron Dolphin
Lady Devil junior Hannah Owen (No. 15) takes an at-bat for Grand County against Carbon in the 3A playoffs at Spanish Fork. Photo courtesy Ron Dolphin

The 2018 Lady Devil softball season ended Friday, May 18 at the Spanish Fork Complex as Grand County fell to the Carbon Lady Dinos, 9-4. The final inning of the game was contentious as Grand County filed a protest over a Carbon player who was alleged to not have been in the original lineup.

The Dinos took an early lead in the first inning, going up 2-0. Grand County evened it up in the second and third innings, however, after runs from Hailey Cox and Jaci Shumway. Cox reached on a double and was scored off a Shumway double. Corteney Noyes then returned the favor for Shumway, sending her home on an RBI single to right field.

At the mound for Grand County, Shumway held the Dinos scoreless for two innings. With the score still tied at 2-2, Lady Devils senior Tyra Robertson blasted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to score along with Kaci McKinney. Those runs put the Lady Devils up 4-2.

And then Carbon put in pitcher Brooke Moosman.

According to Grand County High School Activities Director Ron Dolphin, Moosman was not on the original lineup card for Carbon. When Moosman advanced to first on a walk, Lady Devil head coach Brook Shumway protested her position on base, citing a rule that forces an automatic out — in this case the third out of the inning — when an ineligible player is on the field. For nearly 45 minutes, the Utah High School Activities Association and officials debated the protest. In the end, officials decided against the out and instead gave a warning to Carbon. With one out still to give, and with Grand leading 4-3, the Lady Dinos racked up six more runs in the sixth inning to take the win.

On the mound, Shumway faced 33 batters and threw 71 strikes on 119 pitches. She allowed 10 hits while walking four and striking out five batters.

With the loss, Grand County ends the season with an overall record of 13-18 and finished as the No. 5 team among the seven in 3A Region 15.

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