Grantsville junior Isaac Riding had four RBIs in the Cowboys’ 8-0 win over American Leadership Academy on Saturday in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs.
“First of all, I’d like to thank my coaches,” Riding said. “I just felt like I had swagger today. I don’t know what it was, just woke up on the right side of the bed, I guess.”
The first baseman went 3-for-3 from the plate with a walk and three singles. He also stole two bases and scored twice in the opening-round blowout.
“The one thing Isaac’s done all year is Isaac battles at the plate,” Grantsville head coach Aaron Perkins said. “He just battles. He fouls pitches off. I’m sure he drives pitchers crazy, but he just got the barrel on the ball today, and things worked out for him. Like I said, I can’t say enough about him today.”
The game was tight through four innings until the Cowboys got a feel for American Leadership starter Holland Morley. Grantsville put up three runs in the fifth inning and added another four in the sixth.
Sophomore Parker Thomas earned the win for the Cowboys, going 5.2 innings and allowing two hits as he struck out five Eagles. Junior Justin Richardson came on for 1.1 innings of relief to hold ALA hitless as he struck out two.
“I can’t say enough about our kids today,” Perkins said.
Morley went 5.1 innings in the loss, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. He struck out eight Cowboys and walked five.
Grantsville senior Keagan Landon went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win, while senior Brady Arbon added a 2-for-3 day with three runs scored. Richardson, senior shortstop Coy Johnson senior Brody Barney and senior Jacob Paxton earned a hit each.
Paxton and Richardson both had an RBI. Barney and Landon each stole a pair of bases.
“It feels great,” Riding said of the win. “You come into it knowing you have home-field advantage, and you want to rep it well. You just try to play the best that you can.”