Grantsville struggled out of the gate Tuesday against Ben Lomond.
However, the Cowboys did just enough to bring home another road victory and stay within striking distance of league leading Bear River.
The visitors struck for four runs in the fifth inning to break open a 1-0 affair and coast to a 5-0 hard fought triumph over Ben Lomond in Ogden.
Kirk Fawson and Marcus Hamatake combined for a no-hit shutout while Hamatake and Erickson each pounded a two-run double to aid the offensive effort.
Grantsville hits the road to Morgan today to open the second-half of league action at 3:30 p.m. The Cowboys also hit the road to Tooele Tuesday to battle the Buffs at Dow James Park, also at 3:30 p.m.
Grantsville assistant Coach Byron Anderson said the Cowboys turned in another strong performance against the Scots.
“We hit the ball hard early and right at them,” he noted. “We had a great pitching performance from Kirk in the first five innings and Marcus in the final two innings. It was our third no-hitter of the season and second straight.
Our pitching has been awesome this spring. We did a good job of situational hitting in the game with runners in scoring position. That was key to our success. It was a big road win for us and keeps us within striking distance of Bear River.”
Grantsville 5 – Ben Lomnd 0
The Cowboys erupted for four runs in the top of the fifth to break open the game and capture a hard fought league triumph over the Scots.
The two teams fought to a scoreless deadlock after three innings. But Grantsville broke into the scoring column in the top of the fourth and that proved to be enough for the pitching duo of Fawson and Hamatake.
Erickson drew a leadoff walk to open the inning and Fawson reached on a Scot fielding miscue. Kasey Cummings came through with a clutch run-scoring single to chase home Erickson and spot the Cowboys a 1-0 cushion.
That was all Fawson and Hamatake needed. Fawson didn’t allow a base runner until the third inning and both hitters reached base on Cowboy miscues. But the Cowboy senior struck out a pair of Scot sluggers to stymie the rally and forced a ground out to end the inning and strand the two Ben Lomond runners.
Trailing 1-0, Ben Lomond used a walk to Chris Duersch and a Cowboy error to put runners on the corners before Fawson got a pop out to end the Scot threat.
Grantsville broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth.
Heath Bleazard smacked a one-out single and Chaz Fisher was hit by a pitch. Erickson launched a tworun double to chase home both runners and extend the Cowboy lead. Fawson followed with a single and Hamatake blasted another two-run double to push home Erickson and Fawson and give Grantsville a five-run lead.
Fawson struck out two more Scot sluggers in the fifth to log seven strike outs for the game.
Hamatake took the hill for the final two innings, struck out six, walked one and faced just eight batters in the short work.
Grantsville did threaten to score in the top of the seventh when Scott Arbon reached on a Scot fielding miscue and Ryan Willis rapped a single. But a ground out and strikeout ended the rally.
Willis paced the Cowboy hit parade with two hits while Bleazard, Erickson, Fawson, Hamatake and Cummings all produced one safety each for the victors.