So far, the Grantsville baseball team isn’t having the season it wanted to have or expected to have.
Friday’s 7-4 loss to Park City dropped the Cowboys to 1-3 in Region 10 play and into fourth place with two-thirds of the season remaining. While there’s still plenty of time, Grantsville (8-7 overall) knows it has to get things turned around quickly.
“We’ve just got to play better,” said Grantsville coach Loren Anderson, whose team has lost its past three region games and its past four contests overall. “We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to pitch it better, we’ve got to play better defense, we’ve got to be better offensively. That’s my job to make sure we get better, so that’s my fault, whatever happened out there.”
Friday’s game was scoreless through the first four innings, as Grantsville starting pitcher Hogan Turner allowed just two hits and the Cowboys’ defense was flawless behind him. However, a pair of errors proved costly in the top of the fifth, allowing Park City (10-3, 3-1 Region 10) to take the lead.
A throwing error on a possible double-play ball with one out gave the Miners runners on first and second base. Park City’s Zackary Luna walked to load the bases, and a dropped fly ball drove in a run. Josh Lansky followed with an RBI single, and another base hit by Colton Thompson plated two more runs to give the Miners a 4-0 lead.
“Those things happen in baseball — it’s how you recover from it,” Anderson said. “We didn’t recover until it was four runs later.”
Relief pitcher Justin Richardson was replaced on the mound by Riley Smith with one out in the top of the sixth inning after allowing three straight base hits to load the bases. Three pitches in the dirt allowed all three Park City runners to score, extending the lead to 7-0.
Grantsville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh, chasing Park City starter Sam Strader from the game after a walk by Trevor Colson, a double by Brandon Justice, a single by Kaiser Allen and a bases-loaded walk by Coy Johnson broke up the shutout. Smith hit an RBI single and Brayden Peterson added a two-run single off reliever and BYU recruit Ryan Brady, but back-to-back strikeouts brought the game to a close.
The Cowboys are off until April 18, when they play host to county rival Stansbury in the first of a home-and-home set against the Stallions. Anderson wasn’t sure whether the long layoff was a good thing.
“We’ve got to sit on this four-game losing streak until we can take the field again,” Anderson said. “That kind of eats at you. We get to practice quite a bit, so we’ve got a chance to get better now.”