Grantsville has played a lot of road games to open the Region 11 baseball campaign.
With only one more long road trip remaining, the Cowboys knew it needed to find a way to beat a pesky Morgan squad on the Trojans’ home field to make a run at the league crown.
But the hosts had other ideas and didn’t waste any time letting Grantsville know Morgan came ready to play.
The Trojans exploded for three runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the third to grab a lead it would never relinquish in a 5-1 triumph Thursday at Morgan.
Scooter Toomer belted an RBI double in the first frame and Chase Woodard clubbed a two-run double later in the inning to ignite the Trojans’ early barrage and stake the hosts to a lead they would never give up.
The setback proves costly and now the Cowboys must win their remaining four league games and hope for some help just to tie league leading Bear River. Grantsville sports a 4-2 league mark and 8-6 record overall on the season.
The Cowboys also hit the road to Tooele today to battle the Buffs at Dow James Park at 3:30 p.m. Then, Grantsville returns home for the remainder of the Region 11 baseball season. The Cowboys host rival Bear River Thursday, also at 3:30 p.m. and host Ogden (April 26) and Ben Lomond (April 28) to conclude the league season.
Grantsville assistant Coach Byron Anderson said the Cowboys allowed Morgan to take the lead and gain the confidence to beat them.
“We just didn’t come to the ball park mentally prepared to play,” he noted. “We weren’t aggressive at the plate and let their pitcher dictate our at bats. We also let them get out of the gates early and grab a lead which gave them a lot of confidence throughout the game. We need to learn that no matter who we are playing, we can be beat if we don’t come with the proper mental approach.”
Morgan 5 – Grantsville 1
The Trojans caught the Cowboys early and often and stunned GHS in the region contest Thursday at Morgan.
Tyson Rees and Alan Tucker drew consecutive walks to open the game and Toomer belted an RBI double to open the scoring. Eric Roskelly reached on a Cowboy fielding miscue and Alex Clemens rapped a single. Then, Woodard ripped a two-run double to give Morgan a quick 3-0 cushion.
Morgan struck for a pair of tallies in the bottom of the third. Roskelley belted a lead-off single and Clemens followed with a double to push both runners into scoring position. Roskelly scored on a wild pitch and Clemens bolted home on a Woodard groundout to spot Morgan a 5-0 edge.
Grantsville put its lone tally of the game across the plate in the top of the fifth. Kasey Cummings drew a two-out walk and Scott Arbon crushed a two-out RBI triple to push Cummings home with the team’s only tally of the game.
The Cowboys did threaten to score in the top of the sixth on consecutive singles by Ryan Willis and Heath Bleazard. But after a double steal put both runners in scoring position, the next three Grantsville sluggers failed to move either up a base and the game remained a 5-1 affair.
Cummings belted a double and Brock Boman rapped a single to trigger a Cowboy rally in the final frame. But a pop out and strike out ended the game and Grantsville suffered its first setback to Morgan in baseball in quite a while.
Cummings spurred the Cowboy attack with a pair of hits while Willis, Bleazard and Arbon belted out one safety each as well.
Morgan recorded seven hits in the game, including two each by Tucker and Clemens.