On Monday, April 14 at Farmington, N.M., the Red Devils beat Farmington by the score of 6-2. Farmington made both of its runs in the first inning, after which they were held scoreless the rest of the way. Sophomore Dalton McElhaney pitched the first six innings for Grand and picked up the win. Cameron Taylor, who hit a home run earlier in the game, pitched one inning of relief in the seventh.
The Red Devils had no game on Tuesday, so they spent the day practicing, according to GCHS assistant coach Ron Dolphin. “We tried for a couple months to get someone on the schedule to play us while we were there, but weren’t able to get a game in on Tuesday,” Dolphin said.
Wednesday, April 16, also at Farmington, the Red Devils faced Piedra Vista High School, a large school in Farmington with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students. Piedra Vista ended up winning the game 7-5, but Grand staged a comeback rally late in the game, scoring four runs in the seventh inning. Taylor and Ronnie Dolphin each hit a double during the contest.
Piedra Vista scored three runs in both the second and third innings, taking a 6-1 lead into the fourth. Starting pitcher Koi Cook took the loss for Grand.
Grand is now 11-6 overall, 8-2 in Region 15. As for the win-loss records of Grand’s pitchers, Cook is 3-2, Kyler Nelson is 4-2, McElhaney is 2-1,Taylor is 2-0, and Tanner White is 0-1.
Offensively, the Red Devils are scoring more than 10 runs per game while allowing just four. Taylor is leading the team with 15 extra base hits (11 doubles, two triples, and two home runs), while junior Tanner White has 13 extra base hits (11 doubles, one triple, and one homer). Dolphin has eight extra-base hits and Cook has seven so far this season. Cook and Adam Jenkinson lead the team with 16 stolen bases each.
The Red Devils have two remaining region games on their schedule: at Monticello on Tuesday, April 22 and at San Juan on Friday, April 25. If Grand (8-2 in region) should win both of those games, they could finish as high as first in the region standings. Current region leader Emery is 9-2 in region with one game left against San Juan. If Grand and Emery should finish in a first-place tie, a coin flip will be used to determine the seeding for the 2A state playoffs, which are scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 3 at the home fields of the higher-seeded teams.