Red Devil baseball team wins three in a row, defeats San Juan
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Preston Walston of Grand fouls off a pitch during the Red Devils’ 12-8 win over San Juan on March 19.                                                                     Photo by Jeff Richards
Preston Walston of Grand fouls off a pitch during the Red Devils’ 12-8 win over San Juan on March 19. Photo by Jeff Richards

  The Grand County High School baseball team won all three of its games last week, including a region contest against San Juan.

  On March 25, the start of spring break week, the Red Devils traveled to New Mexico for a pair of early-week games. On Monday, Grand defeated the Kirtland, N.M., Broncos by the score of 8-7. The game was close the whole way, but Grand scored three in the sixth inning to take an 8-5 lead. The Red Devils managed to hold on for the narrow win despite committing a total of six fielding errors during the game.

  Preston Walston was the winning pitcher. Among Grand’s 10 hits were doubles by Walston, Aaron Lewis, Tanner White, and Brayden Ward.

  On Tuesday, March 26, the Red Devils were scheduled to play the Piedra Vista High School Panthers in Farmington, N.M., before returning to Moab for the remainder of spring break.

  Last weekend, on March 22 and 23, the Red Devils played the Nucla, Colo., Mustangs in a back-to-back home-and-away series, with Friday’s game taking place at Nucla and Saturday’s at Moab. Grand won both games handily, beating Nucla 13-2 on Friday and 13-3 on Saturday.

  In Friday’s game at Nucla, the Red Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings, and extended their lead to 11 in the fifth inning. The game was called in the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Grand belted a dozen hits during the game, including a pair of home runs by junior Koi Cook. Walston, who was the winning pitcher, also hit a home run and a double. Jenkinson added two doubles and Lewis hit a double for Grand.

  Saturday’s game at Moab went six innings before Grand’s lead reached 10 runs and the game was called. Lewis was the winning pitcher. Once again, the Red Devils cranked out 12 hits, including a triple by Walston and a double by Cook.

  On Tuesday, March 19, the Red Devils hosted the San Juan Broncos in the region opener for both teams. The Broncos jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, and scored three more in the third to go ahead 6-0. The Red Devils responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the third. San Juan scored two more runs in the fourth to go up 8-3.

In the fifth inning, Grand’s batting turned explosive, with the Red Devils scoring eight runs to take an 11-8 lead. The Red Devils held San Juan scoreless the rest of the way, eventually posting a 12-8 win.

Grand’s 11 hits during the game included a home run by Walston, a triple by Jenkinson, and a double by Ronnie Dolphin. Cook was the winning pitcher.

  Grand’s next scheduled region contest will be at Emery High School in Castle Dale on Tuesday, April 2.

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