Grantsville (3-4) opened Region 13 play Tuesday, March 22 at Layton Christian Academy (0-2) and will host LCA on Wednesday, March 23 before closing out the three-game series back at LCA for a game on Friday, March 25.
The Cowboys battled top teams during preseason to tune up for the region games and playoff action later this season. Grantsville’s preseason opponents are top teams with a combined record of 30-13.
On Saturday, Grantsville led 6A power Fremont 4-3 after three innings, but lost the game 8-5.
“We let Fremont off the hook. We had the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh and made a couple of errors,” said coach Aaron Perkins.
Grantsville pounded out 12 hits in the game. Brigham Staley ripped three hits while Baylor Hall, Daxton Webb, and Caleb Sullivan all pounded two hits apiece.
“We don’t focus so much on the preseason record. I could schedule some easier games, but you learn a lot more playing better teams. We’re about in the same boat this year as we were last year after the preseason,” the coach said. The Cowboys ended up winning the 3A state championship.
Perkins said the team is finding out where they need to improve.
The Cowboys’ hitting continues to improve and there are several pitchers on the team. The three main pitchers are Jace Sandberg, Jaxson George and Broc Miller. Other pitchers used so far include Tate Allred, Saadiq Gotear, Caleb Sullivan and Brett Darrow.
A bevy of players who can pitch can come in handy, especially during the postseason.
Stansbury (2-4) plays two more non-region games on the road at Mountain Crest on Friday, March 25, and at Murray on Saturday, March 26.
The Stallions lost 4-2 to West Jordan on Saturday in a pitchers’ duel. The Stallions were limited to four hits while the Jaguars only collected six hits.
Brandon Bastian worked 4 ⅓ innings for Stansbury with Evan Harris and Kimball Thorpe also pitching. Jace Carroll picked up the two RBIs with a triple and a double. Cole Clinton and Will Hinton each had a hit in the game. Nate Nunley and Clinton scored the two runs.
Stansbury opened with a 2-1 loss to Weber, and then scored five runs in the eighth inning to defeat Westlake 13-8.
The Stallions pounded 17 hits against Westlake with nine players getting at least one hit. Carroll and Hinton blasted three hits apiece in the game. Dax Nakken, Trent Jones, Ethan Wayman, Brandon Merritt each had two hits apiece in the extra-inning victory.
Stansbury lost 7-6 to Juab, defeated Copper Hills 7-4 with 12 hits, and lost 6-1 to Crimson Cliffs.
Tooele (0-6) will play at Judge Memorial on Friday, March 25, and host Stanbury on Tuesday, March 29.