Grantsville knocked three home runs, two doubles and scored five runs against defending 5A champion Copper Hills Tuesday on the Grantsville field. And that was just in the first two innings.
The Cowboys added three more runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to beat the Lady Grizzlies 11-1. Whitney Fields picked up the win in the circle by allowing only one extra-base hit and four total hits through six complete innings.
“It definitely was good to see the girls come out on fire and not be afraid playing against a team like Copper Hills,” said GHS coach Heidi Taylor.
Grantsville’s three home runs for the game lifted their total to 12 dingers in 10 games so far.
“The thing is we’re just hitting the ball hard. The players have worked hard on their hitting. We’re used to hitting home runs, but the difference this year is that more people are hitting them. Seven of our nine starters have hit home runs so far this season,” the coach said.
The game started on a sweet note for the Cowboys in the first inning when catcher Kolby Jo Meno pounded a homer over the center field fence. Next batter Sydney Barney then drilled a shot over the right field fence.
Grantsville matched back-to-back homers in the in the first inning with back-to-back doubles to start the second inning. Alivia McCluskey ripped a double to right field followed by a double from Megan Cafarelli to put runners at second and third. Autumn Dzierzon followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to center to score McCluskey, and Cafarelli scooted home on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Meno then stepped up and knocked her second home run of the game to push the lead to 5-0. Bailey Critchlow crushed a two-out triple to the right field corner in the second, but was left stranded at third.
Copper Hills made some noise in the top of the third with a run and the bases still loaded with one out, but a line shot back to Fields ended the threat when she fired to first baseman Barney for a double play.
Grantsville extended the lead to 8-1 in the fourth with a pair of walks and a long single by Sarah Sandberg to load the bases. Angel Cloward stepped to the plate and pounded a two-RBI single to score Abby Silva, running for Barney, and Critchlow. Sandberg scored on a wild pitch.
The Cowboys pushed the lead to 9-1 in the fifth when Dzierzon ripped a single up the middle and later score on a sacrifice grounder by Meno.
Copper Hills’ third pitcher had control problems in the bottom of the sixth with three walks and a hit batter to give the Cowboys the two runs it needed to end the game on the 10-run rule.
The GHS softball team does not play again until Friday, March 28 when it hosts Corner Canyon High School at 3 p.m.