The Stansbury and Grantsville baseball teams face long road trips this weekend as they open the Class 3A state tournament on Saturday.
Each team will need to win at least one game to keep its season alive, with the state tournament continuing next week in Utah County. But it won’t be easy for the Stallions or the Cowboys, as both teams will face tough opponents from Region 11 in the opening round.
Stansbury (13-10, 9-3 Region 10), which finished second to Park City in the Region 10 standings, will travel to Dixie High School in St. George to face Ridgeline (15-5, 11-4 Region 11), the No. 3 seed from Region 11, at 9 a.m. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the Stallions and the first-year Riverhawks. Bear River is the lone common opponent for the two squads, having swept all three meetings against Ridgeline in region play and beating Stansbury in a non-region game.
The winner of Saturday’s game will automatically advance to next week, and will face the winner of the game between Region 9 champion Dixie and Region 12 fourth-place finisher Richfield at 6 p.m. in a second-round matchup. The loser will play the Dixie-Richfield loser in an elimination game at 3 p.m.
Grantsville (12-10, 5-6 Region 10) went on a late-season surge to finish third in Region 10, winning its final four games and building momentum going into the state tournament. The Cowboys will travel to Canyon View High School in Cedar City, where they will face Region 11 runner-up Juan Diego Catholic (16-9, 12-3 Region 11) in a first-round matchup at 9:30 a.m.
Each team faced Park City, Morgan and Bear River during the regular season. Grantsville went 2-4 against those three teams, beating Morgan and Bear River by a combined score of 29-0 and losing four times to a dominant Park City squad. Juan Diego was 5-2 against that trio, winning all three of its matchups with Morgan and two of three against Bear River to go with a narrow loss to Park City.
The winner will advance to next week and will play either Region 12 champion Canyon View or Region 9’s fourth-place team, Snow Canyon, at 3:30 p.m. at CVHS. The loser will meet the Canyon View-Snow Canyon loser at 3:30 p.m. at Cedar High School in an elimination game.
Next week’s winner’s bracket games will be contested at Brent Brown Field on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem. The one-loss bracket games will be played in Spanish Fork, either at Nelson Field or at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex.