The Cowboys finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, and then delivered a knockout punch in the sixth.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth to Bear River, Grantsville pitcher Dillon Hutchins blasted a home run over the left-center field fence with Nick Arbon on board to tie the game.
Grantsville added two more runs in the fifth and half a dozen runs in the sixth to crush Bear River 10-2 Tuesday in Grantsville.
The Cowboys will travel to Garland Friday for a second game against the Bears, and then host Bear River on May 2 in the final region game for both teams.
The Cowboys (6-1) moved one game ahead of the Bears (5-2) in Region 11 standings with the victory.
Bear River opened with one run in the first inning and another in the second, but Hutchins shut out the visitors the next five innings.
The Bears only had two hits in the first two innings, but Hutchins hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. A Grantsville error helped the Bears score the run in the second.
“Coach (Cory) Landon talked to me after those first two innings, and told me to settle down,” Hutchins said.
The senior pitcher took his coach’s advice and scattered five more hits through his final five innings of work with no runs to improve his pitching record to 5-1 this season.
“I’ve just been trying to stay in the strike zone and have teams put the ball in play. I’ve got a great defense behind me,” Hutchins said.
The Cowboys made several solid defensive plays in the game.
Two of those included catcher Ky Fisher gunning down a runner attempting to steal third base in the third inning and a double play in the fourth. Clay Matthews robbed an extra-base hit in the fifth with a diving catch in left field. First baseman Jonas Johnson covered a lot of ground to catch a tricky foul ball in the fifth. Third baseman Matt Garrard gobbled up two tough balls ranging to his left with solid throws to first base.
On offense, Grantsville gained some breathing room in the fifth when Dallin Williams knocked a double to right field. Arbon followed with an RBI single followed by an RBI single by Wyatt Barrus to make it 4-2.
The Cowboy hitting machine churned out six runs on seven hits in the sixth and forced the Bears to go to the bullpen for a new pitcher.
Wyatt Smith slapped a single to left, Garrard knocked a single to center and Matthews loaded the bases with a bunt single.
Fisher blasted a double to deep left to score two runs, Williams blooped a single to left for a third run in the inning, Arbon ripped a single to center for two more runs and Barrus pounded a double to the left-center gap to bring home the 10th run of the game.
“We finally got it going midway through the game and our hitting became contagious,” said GHS coach Loren Anderson. “We’re playing good baseball right now. Clay Matthews’ diving catch in left was huge for us at that point in the game.”
Hutchins got the offense started with his homer in the fourth.
“I just got it up high enough to let the wind carry it out. I liked it,” he said. “We’re playing pretty sharp right now. We’ll go up [to Bear River] Friday, and they’ll be just as hungry to get the next one against us.”