Devils, Hawks split doubleheader

Playoffs begin May 4

Luke Williams scampers back to first. The Red Devils were aggressive on the bases in the team’s doubleheader against North Sanpete. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Red Devils split a doubleheader with the North Sanpete Hawks on Friday, April 26. The first game was some of the best baseball Grand County has played all season. The Red Devils won 11-1 in five innings.

Grand was aggressive and effective right out of the gate. Bottom of the first, the Red Devils were up 1-0. Grand picked up four more runs in the fourth. Grand’s base running was particularly daring; North Sanpete picked off three Red Devils with big leads on first base. The hometown crowd groaned and complained that the North Sanpete pitcher was guilty of balking. The umpire did not agree. An unidentified North Sanpete fan softly shouted: “What are you complaining for? You’re up 5-0.”

Other than the three Red Devils picked off at first, Grand’s offense was on the ball and they took advantage of every opportunity they had to round the bases. Trevin Packard and Macray Ellis each had a double. Brayden Cloud nailed a triple.

The weather turned on the crowd in the fifth. As it often does in Moab during this time of year, a sunny, pleasant spring day morphed into a windy, rainy mess. North Sanpete took the change in the weather as a cue and staged a rally in the top of the fifth. The Hawks picked up a few hits and carved out a run. The score was 5-1 in the top of the fifth.

Grand responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended just as the really nasty weather rolled in. Grand won 11-1 on 11 hits. Brody Williams was the winning pitcher.

The Red Devils lost the second game of the doubleheader in a 10-11 squeaker. Grand was up 5-3 in the first. The Hawks took back the lead in the second with three runs and they added a run in the third that made the score 7-5 in favor of the Hawks.

The Red Devils scored four in the fourth and were out front 9-7. Grand picked up a run in the fifth and North Sanpete picked up two; Devils were still out in front 10-9. The Hawks got two more runs in the seventh and it was all over. Grand knocked 11 hits compared to North Sanpete’s six, but the Red Devils did make more errors in the second game.

The first round of playoffs is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 4. Time, date, location, and the opponent were not determined by press time.

The game marked Senior Recognition Day on the baseball diamond in Moab. Packard, Williams and Jarett Reidhead were lauded for their time at the school and on the team.