One bad inning can make the difference in any baseball game. Grantsville played pretty well in six of seven innings Thursday afternoon against Morgan but the third inning did them in.
The third inning started with a pair of Morgan walks, a Grantsville error and a three-run home run by Morgan’s Cameron Jarrett and that was enough to hand the Trojan’s a 4-0 victory Thursday.
Besides that inning, Grantsville starter Skyler Cloward pitched a pretty strong ball game but was out-dueled on the mound by Morgan’s Braden Daniel, who picked up the win with 12 strikeouts over the Cowboys.
“We had way too many strikeouts as a team and he (Braden Daniel) has beat us three times in a row,” said Grantsville coach Loren Anderson. “Skyler (Cloward) threw really well for us and just really made one location mistake.”
Grantsville could only muster two hits against Daniel as Cloward picked up a double and Quinton Smith singled for the Cowboys. Morgan didn’t hit the ball much better but they made their hits count. Jarrett picked up both hits for the Trojans, as one was the three-run bomb that gave Morgan a four-run lead.
It took Grantsville three innings to get their first base runner on against Daniel and that was a Smith single with two outs in the third where he was stranded.
Morgan didn’t do much better in the first two innings but it was the third that saw the Trojans break the game open. Josh Duncan and Cameron Skinner each drew walks to get on base for Morgan.
Duncan was able to break up the scoreless tie after scoring on a Grantsville throwing error for the first run of the game. Handing Morgan extra outs was a big mistake as Jarrett made the Cowboys pay with a three-run home run to right-center to give Morgan a 4-0 lead after three innings.
Following the scoring outburst by Morgan, Cloward buckled down on the mound and held Morgan scoreless for the next three innings, giving Grantsville a chance for a comeback.
Grantsville did have their chances to put runs on the board, especially in the fifth. After walking to begin the fifth, Connor Turner had a shot at scoring but was thrown out at the plate for the third out in the inning.
The only other scoring chance came when Cloward doubled in the sixth but his double came with two outs and Morgan was able to get a ground out to close out the inning to keep the Cowboys scoreless. Daniel struck out two of the three Grantsville batters in the seventh to earn the complete game four-run victory.
Grantsville, now 1-1 in Region 11, will look to get back to its winning ways when they travel to Garland Thursday to face Bear River at 3:30 p.m.
Grantsville 8 — Delta 7
Grantsville bounced back quickly with a non-region victory over visiting Delta. The Cowboys had to score two in the bottom of the seventh for the come from behind 8-7 victory Friday in Grantsville.
Dalen Erickson picked up the victory for the Cowboys while Drew Sutton was able to record a double in the victory.