Grantsville’s Dillon Hutchins followed his no-hitter pitching performance against Hunter with another shutout Friday against Tooele.
The Grantsville Cowboys defeated the Tooele Buffaloes 9-0 in the second of two meetings last week. The Cowboys are now 2-0 in the region season, while the Buffaloes fell to 0-4.
Hutchins’ only real trouble Friday came during the top of the fifth inning and the top of the second inning. In the fifth inning, Tooele had runners on second and third base with one out. But Hutchins battled out of the jam by getting Tooele’s McKay Pollmann to fly out. Once the Cowboys had two outs, Hutchins intentionally walked TJ Bender to set up a force out at any base. He then got Zach Jeffers to ground into a fielder’s choice, as the Cowboys threw out Bender at second to end the threat by the Buffs.
A similar situation occurred earlier in the second inning when Tooele had runners in scoring position and just one out. But Hutchins struck out Tooele’s Ryan Brady and then forced Braden Furgeson to ground out. That kept the game scoreless before the Cowboys’ bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning.
Ky Fisher knocked a base hit to left, and then the home plate umpire called Furgeson for a balk to move Fisher to second. Furgeson then walked Dallin Williams, and a passed ball allowed Fisher and Williams to move to third and second. Wyatt Barrus’ sacrifice hit moved the runners over to score Fisher and put Grantsville ahead 1-0 — a lead it did not relinquish.
Most of Grantsville’s runs came in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading 2-0. The four runs Grantsville scored in the inning all came with two outs. Nick Arbon stood on second base with Barrus at the plate. Barrus knocked a double into the gap to score Arbon and make it 3-0.
Wyatt Smith was at the plate, and a passed ball allowed Barrus to move to third. Smith blasted a pitch back up the middle to score Barrus, 4-0.
Hutchins then showed that he not only can get it done on the mound, but he also can get it done at the plate. Smith stole second base and then advanced to third on a passed ball, which set up Hutchins’ RBI. He knocked a base hit to score Smith and make the score 5-0.
Danny Nelson came in to pinch run for Hutchins, and the umpire called Tooele’s Nick Schwartzman for a balk. That moved Nelson into scoring position with Matt Garrard at the plate. Garrard hit a long double off the fence to score Nelson and make it 6-0.
Grantsville added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Hutchins finished the complete game shutout in the seventh.
Grantsville plays two games against Stansbury this week. First it visits Stansbury on Tuesday, and then it hosts Stansbury on Thursday.
Tooele plays in two non-region games this week. It first vists Provo on Wednesday, and then it visits Payson on Friday.
All games are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.