Grand jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and managed to stay on top throughout the seven-inning contest. The Red Devils scored four more runs in the fourth inning and had 14 base hits during the game. Starting pitcher Koi Cook was the game’s winning pitcher.
Three days later at Monticello, however, the Red Devils lost to the Buckaroos by the score of 10-5, dropping Grand’s record to 8-2 in region play.
In that contest, Monticello jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs in the first inning.
Cook hit a home run for Grand, while Preston Walston added a double and a triple. Walston ended up taking the pitching loss.
Grand’s final 8-2 region record ensured the Red Devils of at least a share of the Region 15 title, but the second-place Emery Spartans (7-2) were scheduled to play their final region game on Tuesday, April 30, at South Sevier High School. If the Spartans defeat the Wolves in that contest, Emery and Grand will be region co-champions and will have to conduct a coin toss to see which team will receive the No. 1 seed at the state tournament. The No. 1 seed will host the first-round games, which are scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 4. Region 15’s No. 2 seed will have to travel to play Beaver, the top-seeded team from Region 13.
After Saturday’s games, the remaining 2A division tournament teams – those teams that have not lost twice in the initial round – will continue in state tournament play, scheduled for May 9 and 10 at Kearns High School.