The Grantsville softball team extended its early-season record to 4-0 with a win at Spanish Fork Tuesday.
Grantsville scored a run in the top of the first inning en route to a 3-0 shutout.
Whitney Turner came in to run for pitcher Whitney Fields, and Turner moved from first base to second base on a passed ball. Later in the inning, Turner scored on a base hit by Amy Matthews.
Grantsville’s other two runs came in the top of the fifth inning. Jamie Hamby singled with two outs and then stole second base. Then Teagan Critchlow singled to send Hamby to third base. Critchlow then stole second as well so both runners were in scoring position. Fields came up to bat and knocked a base hit to score both runs, and help her own cause as the winning pitcher.
“We’re happy for the girls,” Grantsville coach Heidi Taylor said. “They’re doing good and working hard. They’re excited to start off so strong. We talked about practicing like you want to play, and we had good senior leadership.”
The Cowboys take on Juan Diego Friday at 3 p.m. in a battle of top teams in 3A. Although still in the non-region schedule, Taylor said she and the girls are excited for the fight.
“They have good pitching, and they’re shortstop is really good,” Taylor said. “They’ve got some big hitters so we just have to go out and execute our gameplan, and hopefully we get a win, but if not at least we’re seeing a good team and getting some good experience.”
Juan Diego currently has a No. 3 ranking in 3A with a 3-1 overall record. Juan Diego defeated Copper Hills 9-4 to open the season, then it defeated Sky View 6-3, and finally beat Manti 9-5. Juan Diego’s only loss came against Layton 6-5 in a neutral site game down in St. George.
On Tuesday at Stansbury Park, the Stallions shut out Hunter 3-0 with Beth Chipman gaining the victory in the circle. Stansbury allowed on three hits and were led on offense by Kilee Christensen who when 2-for-3 including a double. Katelyn Robinson smacked a triple.
Stansbury is scheduled to play five games Friday and Saturday in St. George against Riverton, Lone Peak, Canyon View, Herriman and Alta. Stansbury will host Ben Lomond on Wednesday for its Region 11 opener.