Grantsville is starting to prevail in battles against Class 5A and 6A competition in Salt Lake County’s summer baseball league.
The Cowboys swept a doubleheader Friday on the road against 6A powerhouse Herriman, and nearly toppled 5A Olympus at home Monday night.
After seven complete innings, Monday’s game ended in a 7-7 tie with darkness preventing the contest from going extra innings.
Grantsville jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and watched the visitors chip away to tie the game 4-4 with a run in the third and two more in the fourth.
Grantsville jumped back on top with three runs in its half of the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 7-4, but the Titans scored twice in the fifth inning and tied the game with another run in the top of the seventh.
Kaden Lund started on the mound for the Cowboys and struck out two batters in the first inning. Olympus scored an unearned run in the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead.
“We played well tonight, but a couple of errors in the first few innings hurt us,” said Grantsville coach Aaron Perkins.
Lund did himself a big favor in the bottom of the first when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and pounded the ball deep over the left fielder’s head for a double and three runs batted in. Grantsville added a third run to lead 4-1 after just one inning.
Later on with the game tied at 4-4, Grantsville came through with more run production in the bottom of the fourth.
Caleb Sullivan smacked a single and Easton Cooper was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on stolen bases, and Tyson Hainke followed with an RBI single to left. Two more runners scored when Josh Staley ripped a hit to the right-center field gap and Grantsville led 7-4 after four innings.
Lund ended up pitching 3 ⅔ innings and Hainke came on in relief in the fourth.
Olympus brought on its own relief pitcher in the fourth and he was able to shut out the Cowboys the rest of the game. Grantsville had a runner at third in the fourth, but the Oly reliever struckout two consecutive batters to leave him stranded.
Down 7-4, Olympus scored twice in the fifth to slice the lead to 7-6.
Grantsville put two runners on in the fifth with one out, but a pop out and strikeout ended the inning.
A single and stolen base with two outs gave Olympus an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth, but Staley came on to pitch in relief and got the third out with strikeout.
Olympus was able to tie the game in the seventh with a pair of singles and a Grantsville error in the outfield.
Deadlocked at 7-7, the Cowboys managed to get a runner on in the bottom of the seventh, but a fly out to center and a strikeout ended the inning.
Grantsville will face Cyprus on the road at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, with another game against Murray on Friday.