The contest between the Red Devils and the Spartans ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Emery walked away with a 12-0 shutout win.
The tough loss for the Red Devils was primarily due to the Spartans’ pitcher, said GCHS assistant coach Ron Dolphin.
“He was a really steady pitcher. He shoved the ball right down our throats and we didn’t hit very well,” Dolphin said. “The [pitches] were very good, very effective. We didn’t match them.”
Grand had only four hits – three singles and one double – during the contest. According to Dolphin, however, the game was a learning experience.
“We learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to do the next time we play them.” he said.
The Red Devils were scheduled to play a home varsity double-header against Altamont on Friday, March 21. However, the contest was canceled a week earlier due to the cancelation of Altamont’s baseball program.
Grand was scheduled to play a non-region game against Monticello at Moab on Tuesday, March 25.
The Red Devils will play their next region games against the North Sevier Wolves in a varsity-double header on the home field on Friday, March 28. The games are scheduled to be played at 2 and 4 p.m.
“We need some more wins in the region column and are looking to win all of Friday’s games. We’ve got the opportunities to win.” said Dolphin.
He noted that the Red Devils are only a month into their season, and still have time to improve their play for the postseason and state title games.