The Grantsville High School baseball team beat Carbon 16-7 on senior night Tuesday.
Grantsville was poised to win via the 10-run mercy rule, but umpires decided a nine-run lead with lightning present was good enough and called the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“Coming into this we wanted to play good,” said GHS head coach Loren Anderson. “I’d say it’s a tune-up game, but we wanted to come out and play hard. I thought we did that. The pitching, I’m sure they didn’t throw their best guys and we got our guys a little bit of work, but seeing a lot of at bats, I thought we got a good approach at the plate.”
Senior shortstop Nick Arbon started things off for the Cowboys, doubling in his first at bat to drive in catcher Ky Fisher to make it 1-0. Right fielder Wyatt Smith chopped one to second base, scoring pitcher Wyatt Barrus. Smith advanced to second on the wild throw to first while Grantsville second baseman Dillon Hutchins also scored on the play to make it 4-0.
In the second inning, center fielder Dallin Williams batted in left fielder Clay Matthews on a single to make it 5-1 before Arbon hit a two-run homer over the left field wall, which forced Carbon coaches to make a pitching change after just one and a third innings.
“Today really helped us get our confidence back up and get us ready to go on Saturday,” Arbon said.
The Cowboys didn’t stop there. Smith hit a double up the third base line two batters later to score Barrus and Hutchins and make it 9-1 — Grantsville’s second-largest lead of the game.
Carbon pulled back to 9-7 with three-run performances in the third and fourth innings, but Grantsville hit through the lineup in a five-run fifth inning to make it 14-7 and effectively seal the victory.
First baseman Jonas Johnson walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 16-7 before umpires ended the game.
Arbon went 5-5 from the plate with three runs on three hits and three RBIs. Barrus went 4-5 with four runs on two hits and an RBI. Williams went 4-5 with two runs, two hits and an RBI.
Grantsville had 11 hits and no errors, while the Dinos had nine hits and three errors in the game.
“We were sharp defensively and I felt like we did a good job today,” Anderson said.
The win brings Grantsville to 8-2 at home and 17-6 overall. The Cowboys finished 9-3 in Region 11 and will host Morgan inn the opening round of the 3A State Baseball Championships at home in the first of two guaranteed games Saturday. They will meet Carbon or Canyon View in the second game.
“We’ve really been swinging the bats well,” Anderson said. “That’s good going into the tournament.”