Grantsville baseball and softball teams were a bit cursed on Friday the 13th in the state playoffs.
Both teams won 3A state championships last season, but this year it was not to be.
The Cowboys’ baseball team was knocked out of the tournament on Friday with a 4-1 loss to American Leadership Academy.
ALA pitcher Austin Smalley pitched a complete game four-hitter en route to the victory. Later in the day, ALA defeated Carbon 14-11 to make their way back through the one-loss bracket to a championship game against Juan Diego on Saturday. ALA needed to defeat Juan Diego twice to win a state title, but the seventh-seed Soaring Eagle claimed the state title with an 8-1 victory over ALA.
The Cowboys entered the tourney as a fifth-seed so they were unable to host two games to begin the tournament. Instead, they had to travel to Carbon County for the first two games in the tourney.
Grantsville defeated Summit Academy 8-2 in its first game and led Carbon 10-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh in the second game. But the Dinos scored five runs in the seventh inning to win the game 10-9 and put the Cowboys in the one-loss bracket.
Grantsville kept its hopes alive with a 13-5 victory over Manti at American Fork High School on Thursday. The Cowboys scored 10 runs in the first two innings.
Tate Allred collected five RBIs in the game with Baylor Hall and Jaxson George adding a pair of RBIs apiece. Blake Thomas smacked a triple and Caleb Sullivan and Jace Sandberg each added a double.
Grantsville’ success continued later in the day at UVU with a 7-5 victory over Emery.
The Spartans led 5-0 after two innings, but it was all Grantsville after that. The Cowboys sliced Emery’s lead to 5-2 after four innings and then scored five runs in the fifth inning for the 7-5 victory. The Cowboys made the best of their seven hits in the game and Broc Miller got the victory on the mound.
Keaton George had Grantsville’s lone RBI against ALA with a double.
Grantsville finished 22-8 and were Region 13 champions.
Seniors on the team included Ashton Herrera, Easton Casper, Tate Allred, Grant Rounds, Jaxson George, Keaton George, Saadiq Gotlear, Blake Thomas, Caleb Sullivan and Broc Miller.
Grantsville had won four consecutive state championships and has won five overall. The Cowboys won titles in 1998, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021. The season was canceled in 2020.
Grantsville got off to a solid start on Thursday with an 11-0 victory over North Sanpete in five innings at Spanish Fork Softball Complex. Chloe Bytheway allowed only one hit in game and the Cowboys pounded out 12 hits.
Addison Butler rang up six RBIs with a double and a home run. Kenzie Allen knocked a double and home run, and Miya Fields hit a double. Madelyn Lee recorded a pair of RBIs.
Friday was somewhat scary for the Cowboys. Manti senior Tiffany Hermann had it going in the circle for the Templars. She has signed to play softball at Salt Lake Community College. She held Grantsville to four hits with Sophia Crosby knocking a double in the game.
Bytheway was sharp for the Cowboys too, allowing only three hits, but two of them were home runs.
The Cowboys’ final game on Friday turned into a slugfest with the Grand Red Devils with 27 total hits in the game. Grantsville smacked 14 hits and Grand 13 hits.
The Cowboys led 4-2 after the first inning, and Grand was up 6-4 after two innings.
The Red Devils scored seven runs in the third inning to lead 13-4. Grantsville responded with three runs in its half of the third to make it 13-7.
The Devils added one more in the fourth to make it 14-7. The 14 runs after four innings proved to be enough. The Cowboys added four more runs to close out the game and the season with a 14-11 loss to Grand.
The Red Devils defeated Canyon View 2-1 later on Friday, but were knocked out of the tournament Saturday morning 6-3 by South Summit.
Grantsville tied with Morgan for the Region 13 championship this year with 7-1 records. Maddy Lee and Miyah Fields were the only seniors on the team.