The Grand County High School baseball team dominated the American Leadership Academy Eagles last weekend, bringing home two wins on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 in Spanish Fork.
The two-day showdown proved favorable for the Red Devils as they stepped up for the 2014 season. Grand dominated both Friday and Saturday’s games. On Friday, March 14, the Red Devils kept the Eagles scoreless throughout the contest, ultimately winning by the score of 21-0.
Friday’s game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
“The boys hit the ball extremely well and played great defense,” said assistant coach Ron Dolphin.
The Red Devils had 12 quality hits during the course of the contest, leaving the Eagles unable to field those hard-hit balls.
“The [Eagles] had seven errors, most of them because we hit the balls right at them. They couldn’t field them cleanly,” said Dolphin.
GCHS junior Kyler Nelson pitched all five innings for the Red Devils and earned the shutout win.
The March 15 game proved more difficult for Grand. Throughout the contest, 30-mile per hour winds played against the Red Devils, making it easier for the Eagles’ fielders to catch the Red Devil’s hits. Still, Grand managed to finish the game with an 11-1 win.
“We hit well on Saturday,” Dolphin said. “It was very windy and it held our hits up. The [Eagles] caught a lot of them.”
The six-inning contest was pitched by seniors Cameron Taylor and Koi Cook. Taylor, who was suffering from a shoulder injury, was replaced by Cook after pitching the first inning.
This week, the Red Devils were scheduled to face off against the Emery Spartans in Castle Dale on Tuesday March 13 and will play the Altamont Longhorns in a varsity double-header on the home field on Friday, March 21.
ByBy Robin Willscheidt