The Grantsville softball team did its job last Saturday by beating Providence Hall 12-0 in the opening round of the Class 3A state tournament, but this weekend in Spanish Fork is for all the marbles.
The Cowboys (20-5) are hoping to add a second consecutive state championship to their trophy case – and their third overall. That quest began Thursday morning with a second-round game against South Sevier at the Spanish Fork Softball Complex that was not complete at press time. A win would propel Grantsville into a Friday-afternoon state quarterfinal game against either Region 15 runner-up Manti or Region 15 No. 6 Grand. A loss would make for a long road back to the championship, beginning with a Thursday-afternoon elimination game against Region 15 No. 4 San Juan.
However, Grantsville appeared to have the upper hand on paper coming into Thursday morning’s game. The Cowboys have a team batting average of .402, an on-base percentage of .462 and a slugging percentage of .698. That could spell trouble for South Sevier (12-9), which finished third in Region 15.
Looming on the horizon is a potential quarterfinal matchup against Manti (15-10-1), a team that Grantsville beat 5-0 earlier in the season, or an upset-minded Grand (11-16), which shocked Region 14 champion Juab in the opening round. Other highly rated teams, including Region 15 champion North Sanpete, Region 14 No. 3 Carbon and Region 14 No. 2 Union, also won their first games of the state tournament and are considered state-title contenders.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, with the semifinals at 6 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for noon Saturday, with a second game to be played immediately after if the team that comes back through the loser’s bracket manages to win the first game.