Through six innings, Grantsville pitcher Wyatt Barrus had given up only one run on two hits against rival Morgan.
Barrus also helped his team in the batter’s box when he gave Grantsville a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third with a two-run homer over the center field fence. The Cowboys then gained some breathing room in the bottom of the fifth with a one-out single RBI by Dallin Williams followed by an RBI double by Nick Arbon to make it 4-1.
The lead held up until the top of the seventh when the Trojans rallied with two outs to put a Cowboy victory in jeopardy.
Two walks and a bloop single loaded the bases with two outs, and Morgan got what it need to provide a dramatic conclusion to the game. The Trojans belted a two-out RBI single to slice Grantsville’s lead to 4-3.
Grantsville coach Loren Anderson walked to the mound for the second time in the inning to talk to Barrus.
“Wyatt is a such a competitor and he really wanted to finish the game. He’s been doing a great job for us this season both pitching and hitting. He was the MVP of our recent tournament in St. George,” Anderson said.
The coach opted to bring in relief pitcher Matt Garrard who started a bit shaky when he hit the first batter he faced to load the bases again.
The next Morgan batter hit a towering pop fly above first baseman Jonas Johnson. The ball seemed to stay up forever, but Johnson stayed with it to make the catch for the final out. “We practice catching those high pop flies all the time,” the coach said.
In addition to the home run and double, Grantsville ripped five singles in the game to out-hit the visitors 7-4.
“We played well and it’s always great to pick up a victory of course, but we didn’t play with a sense of urgency,” Anderson said. “The game doesn’t mean anything as far as standings with Morgan not in our region, but you would think we would come out with a little more desire and urgency. Morgan always gives us trouble, and they’ve been a longtime rival.”
The coach said he doesn’t want his players to get in the habit of taking things easy. “You can’t always turn that effort on and off just when you need it,” he said.
The coach said Barrus has been solid on the mound for his team with a 3-0 record so far.
With the win against Morgan, Grantsville’s record improves to 6-3 against some top opponents. The Cowboys host Hunter on Monday then play at Tooele on Tuesday.