The Red Devils’ first game, played Thursday, March 6, was a tough face-off against Gunnison Bulldogs.
The contest was tight for the first several innings of the game. The Red Devils hit well, scoring five double-base hits during the first four innings, but their runs were quickly matched by the Bulldogs.
Defensively, the Red Devils made seven errors in the field.
“We were a little rusty,” said assistant coach Ron Dolphin. “We hit the ball well and both teams had leads. We just didn’t get timely hits in the last three innings.”
In the end, the Red Devils fell short of a victory by only one run, losing to Gunnison 10-9.
As thursday was a varsity double-header for the Red Devils, they next faced the Manti Templars, a team which had, like Gunnison, already played its first games of the season.
“The teams we played were just more ready to play,” said Dolphin. “They got the rust off faster.”
The contest against Manti was close defensively, carrying the Red Devils and the Templars into the top of the eighth inning tied 0-0. The Templars scored one run at the top of the eighth inning and the Red Devils were unable to answer offensively.
The single run was enough to give Manti the victory with a final score of 1-0.
The game on Friday, March 7, also played in Moab, pitted the Red Devils against the Millard Eagles. Both teams had two errors and four hits by the end of the contest and were evenly match offensively and defensively.
However, all but one of Millard’s four baserunners scored while the Red Devils only got one man, senior Adam Jenkinson, across home plate. The final game score, another loss for the Red Devils, was 3-1.
The loss, said Dolphin, was due to the Red Devils’ selective swings in the batter’s box. Grand’s players were taking a pass on too many pitches and were watching strikes go across the plate without swinging at the ball, Dolphin said.
“We try to teach them to be aggressive,” said Dolphin. “You’ve got three shots at the ball.”
However, although the Red Devils faced three hard losses, Dolphin said he is optimistic about the season
“We might not have had the start that we anticipated this year, but we’re a good baseball team. We’ll get things worked out before region,” said Dolphin.
The Red Devils were scheduled to play a junior varsity double-header against Dolores in Moab on Tuesday, March 11. The varsity team will play its next games on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 against American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork.