Softball bucks Broncos at home

Cortney Noyes hits a home run and everyone on the field and in the stands watches the ball leave the park.
Photo by Anthony Militano

The Red Devils softball team beat the San Juan Broncos 9-2 at home on Tuesday, March 26 in what would be the last contest for seniors on both teams. Paige Shumway got the party started for Grand in the bottom of the first with a leadoff, in-the-park home run. Jaci Shumway got a base hit. Cortney Noyes launched a one-out, two-run dinger and Shumway rounded the bases for the RBI.

The Lady Devils were up 3-0 after their half of the inning and never looked back.

The inside-the-park homerun was “a good way to start the game,” coach Brook Shumway said with a laugh. “Paige has been hitting the ball very well and that’s why we’ve got her in the leadoff – to get things started for us.”

In the second, Lexi Carroll got on base. Paige Shumway was up again and she topped her first at bat with a two-out, two-run homerun. Grand was up 5-0.

Jaci Shumway got a leadoff walk in the third and stole second. Hannah Tangren hit a single, Shumway scored and Tangren picked up the RBI. The Lady Devils had a commanding 6-0 lead.

Paige Shumway hit a single in the fourth. Hannah Owen was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Noyes cleared the bases with a double and picked up two RBIs. Grand was on top 8-0.

In the sixth, Jaci Shumway had a base hit with a steal. Noyes also had a single that sent Shumway home and it was 9-0 Lady Red Devils when Noyes picked up another RBI. Noyes had a very productive day. She got four RBIs on a single, double, and the homerun. San Juan kept her busy in the outfield, as well. When Noyes faced Emery at home on March 12, she struck out twice and was tagged out on a very close call at second base. Call it redemption. Call it athletic skill. Maybe it was a little bit of both.

Pitcher Paige Shumway had a good day, too. Shumway had eight strikeouts at the plate and solid defense behind her. At various points in the game, Shumway had a high pitch count. She went 3 and 2, 3 and 1, and 2 and 2 on a few batters, but always pitched her way out of jams.

Shumway walked San Juan’s second baseman three times and she hit a batter in the second, but those were the only freebies she gave away. San Juan attempted to rally and picked up two runs in the sixth, but that was all Grand County let the Broncos have.

“This was just a fun win for our seniors. It’s the last time they’ll ever play San Juan. It was our big rival here at home, so to get a win, it’s really what it’s all about. Something they can be proud of and go out through the rest of their lives. It’s kind of about our seniors,” Shumway said.

Red Devils win tight game at Emery

The Lady Red Devils traveled to Emery on Friday, Mar. 29 and beat the Spartans 12-11. Jaci Shumway had a double and a home run. Noyes hit a homer. Owen had two doubles and Paige Shumway was the winning pitcher.