The Grantsville softball team hoped its weekend in Spanish Fork would end with the Cowboys extending their championship reign.
Instead, it ended with rain, stretching the Cowboys’ wait for a shot at their second Class 3A state title in as many years for another week. However, in the one game they were able to play before the tournament at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex was pushed back a week, Grantsville looked ready for prime time, as the Cowboys routed South Sevier 13-3 in a second-round game Thursday afternoon.
Grantsville (21-5) blew open a 3-1 game with seven runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth, enacting the 10-run mercy rule after five innings. That was thanks in large part to the power hitting of juniors Addison Smith and Hannah Butler, who combined for three home runs and seven RBIs in the victory.
Smith accounted for two homers and five RBIs, while Butler was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Leadoff hitter Maddison Peterson was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and freshman catcher Breana Hiatt added two hits and two more RBIs. Laura Sandberg also had a double for Grantsville.
Smith got the win in the pitcher’s circle for Grantsville, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings. Two of the runs were earned, and she also struck out 12 Rams with no walks.
The Cowboys will meet Manti in a quarterfinal game Friday at 2 p.m. in Spanish Fork, with the winner meeting either Carbon or Union in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. The loser will face Grand in an elimination game at 4 p.m.
Manti (16-10-1), the second-place team from Region 15, defeated Grand 11-1 in its second-round game. The Templars and Cowboys met in a nonregion game April 19, with Grantsville claiming a 5-1 victory on the Templars’ home field.