The Red Devils won a trip to the state tournament in convincing fashion after playing host to the first round of UHSAA softball finals on Saturday, May 4, at Grand County High School. Manti, Delta, Morgan, South Sevier and Grand County all vied for a chance to move on to the next round of playoffs.
Grand County played the second game against the Delta Rabbits and won 10-0 in six innings.
Southpaw Paige Shumway had an impeccable outing. She struck out two in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, and one in the sixth. She had three innings of three up, three down ball. Shumway allowed two base hits and issued two walks in six innings of play.
Throughout the game, Grand took advantage of every freebie Delta gave away and fully exploited even minor errors Delta made in the field. In the first, Hannah Owen drew a walk. Shumway was beaned on top of her back and took the free base. Jessica Jones bopped the ball and brought in Shumway and Owen. Jones picked up two RBIs and Grand was up 2-0 in the bottom of the first and on the way to victory.
The Lady Devils scored three in the fourth, which made it 5-0 in favor of Grand County. Jaci Shumway, Lainey Bohannon and Lexi Carroll picked up RBIs. Grand added two more runs in the fifth for a dominant 7-0 lead. Amethyst Geiser and Bohannon each earned RBIs.
Geiser and Carroll both bunted successfully in the fifth. Grand picked up three more runs in the sixth inning to finish the scoring.
The final frame was special for Hannah Tangren. The senior rocked a three-run shot to cap off the victory. Homeruns are special, but they are not rare birds and are expected, but Tangren belted her very first dinger to end the game with a mercy rule walk-off.
“It was a really special moment for Hannah Tangren,” coach Brook Shumway said. “Her last home game ever and she hit a walk-off homerun. I feel great for our seniors that they can end their last home game on something like this, so it’s special for them.”
The state finals will be decided in Spanish Fork Thursday through Saturday, May 9–11. The outcome will be published in the May 16 edition of The Times-Independent.