The Lady Red Devils softball team played well but came up short in the UHSAA 3A State Championship on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, in Spanish Fork.
The Lady Devils played three games on Friday. Grand won the morning game and the evening game, but dropped the afternoon game.
Grand beat the South Sevier Rams 7-4 in the first game. The score was tied 2-2 until Grand busted open the third inning with five runs. The score was 7-2 in the third and seven runs were all the Red Devils needed. South Sevier picked up two runs in the fourth to make the score 7-4, but then the offense of both teams evaporated.
The fifth through seventh innings were scoreless. Grand County scored seven runs on 10 hits and no errors. South Sevier had four runs off of nine hits and one error. Jaci Shumway was the winning pitcher. Corteney Noyes picked up a double. Hannah Owen bounced a solo shot out of the park.
Grand lost the second game 5-9 to the North Sanpete Hawks. A few weeks ago, the Lady Devils pummeled the Hawks at home and won 16-6. At that time, Grand’s Athletic Director Ron Dolphin implied that North Sanpete was not an easy team to beat. “They’re good hitters … they’re good at what they do,” Dolphin said.
Grand and North Sanpete kept pace with each other for six innings. The score was tied 4-4 going into the sixth when the Hawks banged out five unanswered runs and handed the Lady Devils their first playoff loss.
Lexi Carroll had one double; Paige Shumway had two doubles and was the losing pitcher. North Sanpete was efficient with nine runs off of eight hits and two errors. The Devils picked up five runs on nine hits and three errors.
In the third and final game Friday, the Red Devils defeated the Carbon Dinos 11-10. The evening game started late and ended late. The Red Devils had already played two games that day and in the third contest they began to show signs of mental and physical exhaustion.
The Carbon Dinos deserved some respect because they played four games on that Friday and they had the lead until the Red Devils scored five runs in the fifth. Grand had four errors, 15 hits and 11 runs. Carbon ended up with five errors, 14 hits and 10 runs. Paige Shumway was the winning pitcher. Noyes and Lainey Bohannon hit homeruns. Bohannon was the heroine who rocked a two-run shot that gave Grand the slim lead.
Saturday morning, May 11, Grand lost 1-6 to perennial champ Grantsville Cowboys. Grand County scored first. Owen rocked a solo dinger in the third inning. Ametheyst Geiser had a diving catch in the fourth that would have made Mickey Mantle smile. Grantsville won the 3A Championship this year and in 2017 and 2018.
The Red Devils had a successful 19-8-0 season and finishing second at state, and no doubt created some special memories to go along with their many victories. Owen, Noyes, and Hannah Tangren will graduate at the end of May.