Alese Casper and Brayle Crosman graduated from Grantsville High School last month, but represented their school on the softball diamond one last time when they took part in Tuesday’s UHSSCA Senior All-Star Game at Quarry Bend Park in Sandy.
It was an opportunity they were glad to have.
“It’s pretty cool to be able to say I represent that little town,” Crosman said. “People think we’re kind of weird out there and we probably kind of are, but it’s pretty cool to say I’m one of the two people here representing Grantsville — and representing Tooele County as well.”
The two played on a Class 3A all-star team that included players from Dixie, Juan Diego, Bear River, Juab, Union, Carbon and Ridgeline, rolling to an 18-2 win over their counterparts from Class 2A. Casper and Crosman played a major role in the win, as Casper went 4-for-5 at the plate and pitched two innings and Crosman was 1-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs.
“I love playing for Grantsville, so it was a really good experience,” Casper said. “It’s awesome to put the best of the best with each other and see how we all connect and play with each other. It’s awesome.”
Casper led off the bottom of the first inning with an infield single, and Crosman reached base on an error to put runners on the corners. Juab’s Taylei Williams, a Southern Utah signee, drove both Grantsville girls in with a triple to right field, sparking a four-run inning.
Casper had another single to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second, and Crosman ripped a triple to right-center field to drive in three runs. Had there been a fence in place, Crosman’s hit likely would have been a home run, as it went to virtually the same spot as her home run in the Class 3A state championship game a couple weeks earlier.
“That’s my spot,” said Crosman, who later scored on an inside-the-park home run by Williams. “It was the exact same everything. I guess I can be OK with a triple.”
Casper replaced Williams in the pitcher’s circle at the start of the third inning, with Crosman going behind the plate to catch. She gave up a walk and an RBI single in the third, but also had three strikeouts and cruised through the lineup in the fourth.
“We really wanted to win and beat 2A, but it was more relaxed,” Casper said.
Casper added an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, scoring on a triple by Williams, and Crosman drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Grantsville seniors Reannon Justice and Breanna Dzierzon were unable to play, as were Stansbury seniors Kambree Christiansen, Bailey Christensen and Rylee Ricks and Tooele seniors Kamryn Grover and Trista Fackrell.
The Class 2A all-star squad included players from South Summit, Grand, Enterprise, Altamont, Beaver, Gunnison and Manti, and was coached by Gunnison’s Tyson Brackett and South Summit’s Cody Bowen. The 3A all-stars were coached by Ridgeline’s Michael Anderson and Grantsville’s Heidi Taylor.