Grantsville didn’t waste any time seizing command of Tuesday’s game against Ogden.
The Cowboys exploded for four runs in the first frame and six more in the second and coasted to dominating 12-0 triumph over the Tigers at GHS.
Derek Erickson and Heath Bleazard combined to toss a one-hitter and Kirk Fawson smacked out three of the team’s 10 hits to ignite the Grantsville attack.
The win all but sews up the Region 11 runner-up seed for the local squad.
Grantsville must beat either Ben Lomond today or upend Tooele on Monday to earn the second seed into the Class 3A State Baseball tournament, beginning May 7.
The Cowboys nearly caught a big break Tuesday when Bear River traveled to Morgan. The Trojans led the leagueleading Bears through five innings but three-time defending region champ Bear River rallied on a two-run home run from Jason Zundel to nip Morgan 5-4.
The Bears maintain a slim one game lead on the Cowboys in the loss column with a 7-1 region record while the Cowboys lurk behind at 6-2-1. Morgan fell to 4-4 while Tooele is 4-3-1. Ben Lomond also sports a 3-5 record.
For Grantsville to capture the region title, the Cowboys must topple the Scots today and Tooele on Monday and have Bear River stumble either to Tooele today at Dow James Park or Ogden on Friday.
Tooele and Grantsville are slated to end last Friday’s marathon Monday when the two teams resume the game in the top of the 16th inning. The contest, if needed, will be played Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Dow James Park.
Cowboy Coach Travis McCluskey said he was pleased that his team came right out of the chutes to seize command of the contest with the cellar dweller Tigers.
“I was really pleased with the kids,” he said. “They came out and took care of business early. Derek threw the ball well and Heath came in and got a couple of innings to gain good experience on the mound before the state playoffs. We had some guys, who were struggling lately at the plate headed into the game, get some key hits. That was encouraging. We hit the ball fairly decent. It was just good to take care of business early and get the win in the books.”