When Grantsville met up with Bear River earlier this season scoring runs was at a premium and their second meeting wasn’t any different. Both Dalen Erickson for Grantsville and Taylor Ramsdell for Bear River did a good job on the mound of keeping the opposing offenses at bay.
Right after Grantsville fought to tie the game up at 1-1 after an RBI single by Jake Ortiz in the fifth inning, Bear River struck right back in the sixth. Costly Grantsville errors allowed the visiting Bears to get a run in the sixth in what turned out to be the difference as Bear River held on for a 2-1 victory in Grantsville Tuesday afternoon.
“We kind of made some bad plays there in the sixth,” said Grantsville coach Loren Anderson. “Regardless of the errors, the bottom line is that we have to score more than one run to win a game.”
Ortiz knocked in the lone run for Grantsville while Erickson also had a solid game at the plate with a single and a walk while the Cowboys could only muster five hits in the game. Bear River didn’t do much better at the plate as they only picked up four hits but took advantage of the Grantsville errors to come away with the victory.
The loss for Grantsville puts them at 7-3 in Region 11 while Bear River helped their chances of catching the Cowboys in second and improve their region record to 6-4 with two region games remaining for both teams.
Neither Grantsville or Bear River had a scoring chance in the first but the Bears got in it going in the second. Jordan Rose started the inning with a walk and Brock Hill followed with a single to get things going.
After both runners moved up a base on a ground out, Keelen Hess was able to drive in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left to give Bear River a 1-0 lead in the middle of two. Grantsville didn’t get a hit until the second time in their order when Kelby Landon started the fourth with a single and reached second after a ground out. Landon however, did not advance past second base in the inning.
After missing out in the fourth, Grantsville went right back to work in the fifth. Erickson started it with a one-out single and then Manny Begay followed two batters later with a single of his own. With pinch runner Wyatt Smith in scoring position running for Erickson, Ortiz came through with an RBI single to left to knot the game at 1-1 after five.
The game didn’t stay tied for too long as Ramsdell started off the sixth with a double and later scored the go-ahead run off of a Grantsville error to give Bear River 2-1 lead in the middle of six.
Grantsville didn’t really threaten in the bottom of the sixth but did have a chance to even up the game in the seventh. Connor Turner started the inning with a single and Drew Sutton followed two batters later with a walk. With a runner in scoring position and only one out, Grantsville was unable to cash in or at least tie the game as Bear River escaped with the one-run victory.
Grantsville will next travel to face Tooele on Tuesday at Dow James Park at 3:30 p.m.