Grantsville started off strong offensively at Morgan and kept it going throughout. Even with the offense humming along, Karlin Moody didn’t need much for run support as she shut out the Trojans in the circle.
Moody pitched all seven innings and only allowed three hits to Morgan while Grantsville pounded out 11 hits on their end in a 9-0 beating of the Trojans Friday afternoon in Morgan. “I thought Karlin (Moody) pitched really well,” said Grantsville head coach Heidi Taylor. “She forced a lot of ground balls and the defense played well behind her.”
Batting out of the ninth position, Teagan Critchlow went a perfect 3-for-3 for the Cowboys with a pair of singles and a double while she also scored two runs. Taylor Waters, Maddie Johnson and Amy Matthews each picked up a pair of hits in the victory.
Grantsville got started right from the beginning with a two-out rally. Johnson and Matthews singled and Laramie Paulick reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Cheyenne Sandberg brought in the first run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
A costly Morgan error on a pop fly allowed Matthews and Paulick to score to give Grantsville a 3-0 lead after a half inning.
That was all the run support Moody needed as she took control from the beginning and didn’t allow a single run in seven innings. Moody only struck out two batters but induced several ground balls that the Grantsville defense fielded cleanly all game as the Cowboys didn’t commit a single error in the game.
After going a couple of innings without scoring, Grantsville created a scoring chance in the fourth. Jamie Hamby started it when she was hit by a pitch and then reached second on a passed ball and then a Morgan error allowed her to advance to third. Critchlow drove her in with a bunt single down the third base line for a 4-0 lead.
Waters delivered an inside-thepark home run when she ripped the ball to right center and hustled her way all the way home, while scoring Critchlow in the process for a 6-0 lead. Matthews ripped a double down the left field line to cap the scoring for Grantsville and gave them a 7-0 lead in the middle of four.
Another two-out scoring chance for Grantsville gave the Cowboys more room on the scoreboard in the fifth. Hamby started it with a single and then stole second and third to get deep into scoring position.
Hamby was able to score the eighth Cowboy run on a passed ball and then Waters followed by knocking in her third run of the game. After hitting an inside-thepark home run in her previous at-bat, Waters added to that with a double through the left side of the infield to score Critchlow for a 9-0 lead in the middle of five.
That would be the last of Grantsville scoring but it was more than enough for Moody. By only allowing one hitter to reach base in the final two innings, Moody closed out the nine-run victory for Grantsville, who have now won their first two Region 11 games by a combined score of 19-0.
Grantsville will look to continue its winning ways when they host Ben Lomond Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.