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image Members of the Grantsville Cowboys softball team.

March 22, 2023
Cowboys softball tops Dinos 10-0 at home

After opening the 2022-23 girls softball season on a seven-game winning streak, the Grantsville Cowboys softball team dropped its first game of the season 5-9 against the Box Elder Bees.

Last Friday, the Cowboys got back into the win column playing host to the Carbon High Dinos.

After getting into a bit of a quandary at the top of the first inning, during which the Dinos at one point loaded the bases, Grantsville managed to get out of the top frame without giving up a single run.

Following a scoreless bottom of the first, both teams carried over a tightly contested exchange into the second and neither team was able to put together any offense. Then, at the bottom of the third inning, the Cowboys broke the scoring open when infielder Aliyah Fernandez hit a double to bring shortstop Kenzie Allen home for the 1-0 lead.

The score was widened to 4-0 over the next few at-bats, as outfielder Avery Lee and third baseman Madison Bolinder drove in the next three runs to pull away from the Dinos.

Over the next three innings Carbon High was unable to find an answer for Grantsville’s onslaught and registered only two hits, but was unable to send either runner home. After a quick top of the fifth and sixth innings, the Cowboys finished off the Dinos after scoring the game’s final two runs.

At the bottom of the fifth, Addison Butler and Allen each recorded an RBI off consecutive doubles, leading to a 9-0 margin for Grantsville. Then, Allen sealed the game in the sixth with another double which put the team at the 10-run threshold to end the game with the mercy rule.

Pitcher Chloe Bytheway, who threw for all six innings, surrendered only four hits and recorded nine strikeouts against Carbon High. Allen (2 RBI) and Lee (3RBI) led all batters in hitting with three hits apiece; Bolinder and Fernandez finished with two hits of their own and a total of three runs batted in. 

Cowboys head coach Coach Tony Cloward spoke after the game about his team’s effort and the skill each player exhibited in the victory.

“We came out a little tight but we’re able to handle their threat and relaxed soon and went to work; we really swung the bat well against their great pitching,” he said. “Our pitcher got into a groove and made things tough on their hitters — it was a great overall win against a quality team.”

The win brings the Cowboys’ record to 8-1 as the team readies for a brief road trip Wednesday afternoon. The trip opens up with a game against Ben Lomond, then Grantsville returns home on Thursday to host the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles.


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