Lady Devils go 0-4 at Snow Canyon invitational
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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The Grand County High School softball team had a rough weekend in St. George, losing all four games played during an invitational tournament held at Snow Canyon High School on March 14 and 15.

On Friday, the Lady Devil varsity team lost to Carbon by the score of 14-4 then was shut out by Bountiful 11-0. On Saturday, March 15, Grand lost to Maple Mountain 15-4, then lost a 12-1 contest to host team Snow Canyon.

“We struggled in every aspect of the game,” said GCHS head coach Brook Shumway, who added, “We made tons of errors, and we just weren’t getting much offensive production. If we got a hit, nobody followed it up to get that runner in to score.”

GCHS sophomore Rhiannon Bohannon and freshman Tia Shumway alternated as pitchers for the Lady Devils, with each pitching one game each day.

Grand’s best batting of the weekend came against the Carbon Lady Dinos. In that contest, Madi Jones belted a double and four other Lady Devils – Caitlin Pfnister, Tia Shumway, Kesley Backus and Alena Geiser – each hit two singles. However, Grand committed five fielding errors during the game, and the Lady Dinos went on to win by 10 runs.

Later that day, against Bountiful, the Lady Devils managed just two hits and committed five errors as the Braves posted an 11-0 win in five innings. Bountiful pitcher McKenna Alley struck out six batters and picked up the victory.

In Saturday’s first game, Maple Mountain broke open a tight game with an 11-run rally in the sixth inning and went on to win 15-4. The Lady Devils committed a total of seven errors during that game.

Pfinister hit two doubles for Grand, and Shumway also added a double.

Against Snow Canyon, the Lady Devils managed just one hit, a single by Pfnister. Pfnister, a junior, managed to get eight hits in 13 at-bats during the tournament. She leads the Lady Devil team in batting with a .615 average.

Grand’s junior varsity squad fared slightly better at St. George, winning one of four games that same weekend, according to assistant coach Brandy Shumway. After losing to Snow Canyon 15-4 and Manti 9-5 on Friday, the Lady Devils JV team defeated Wasatch 11-1 on Saturday, then lost to Juab 13-3.

Freshman Rylee Pruitt, who pitched three of the junior varsity games, picked up the win over Wasatch. Multiple Grand players had extra base hits during the JV games, including Michelle Valdes, Delanee Olsen and Kylie Haycock.

“We’re not making any excuses,” said head coach Brook Shumway. “We played some tough schools. We’re not where we need to be yet, but hopefully we’ll get there. We need to be more consistent in our hitting.”

The Lady Devils were scheduled to open their region schedule this week with a varsity/JV doubleheader at Emery High School on Tuesday, March 18. Grand is also scheduled to play a varsity/JV doubleheader at Moab against region rival San Juan on Friday, March 21, with the varsity game starting at 3 p.m.

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