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image Grantsville’s Chelsea Davis squares up to bunt in Wednesday’s game against Alta. The Cowboys travel to St. Geroge for games on Friday and Saturday.

March 6, 2014
Alta edges Grantsville 3-2 in softball opener

Grantsville loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but could not bring in another run in a 3-2 loss to Alta on Wednesday in Grantsville.

With two outs, Whitney Fields drilled a home run to slice Alta’s lead to 3-2. Grantsville’s hopes stayed alive after the visitors failed to get the final out on a ground ball to second base. A soft throw to first base for the out was dropped by the first baseman.

Hard infield singles by Kolbi Jo Meno and Bailey Critchlow loaded the bases for the Cowboys. Alta got the final out when the base umpire called interference on the Grantsville runner on a grounder to second.

Alta’s first batter of the game hit an inside-the-park home run on a bizarre play. A blast to the left-center field gap rolled to the fence with Grantsville left fielder Megan Cafarelli chasing the ball. Cafarelli slipped on the concrete below the fence and her leg became trapped between the chain-link fence and the concrete. Meanwhile, the Alta runner sprinted around the bases for a home run. Cafarelli needed help from some fans to free her leg. It appeared that the runner still would have had a triple with the solid hit.

Grantsville tied it in the bottom of the second when pitcher Sydney Barney led off with a home run to center field. A walk to Alivia McCluskey and a single to right by Cafarelli gave Grantsville runners at the corners with two outs. Fields then ripped a shot to left, but right at the left fielder to end the inning.

Alta loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third, but Barney got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.

Alta then left two on in the top of the fourth. The visitors loaded the bases in the  fifth and got their second run via a walk. Alta went up 3-1 in the top of the sixth with two singles and a double. Grantsville gunned down a runner at home plate for an out to limit the damage.

McCluskey led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center, and later was thrown out at home running from second after an infield throwing error on Alta sailed into right field. Fields then pounded her two-out solo home run to slice it to 3-2.

Alta smacked 11 hits in the game compared to Grantsville’s six.

Grantsville will play at Cedar on Thursday before games in St. George on Friday and Saturday. 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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