Lady Devil softball team falls to Emery, San Juan
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
Mar 27, 2014 | 569 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kylie Haycock of Grand (foreground) runs toward first base after hitting a sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning of the Lady Devils’ 1-0 loss to San Juan on March 21. San Juan pitcher Tatiana SueSue fielded the ball and threw Haycock out on the play, which advanced Grand’s Kesley Backus to third base.                                                           Photo by Jeff Richards
Kylie Haycock of Grand (foreground) runs toward first base after hitting a sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning of the Lady Devils’ 1-0 loss to San Juan on March 21. San Juan pitcher Tatiana SueSue fielded the ball and threw Haycock out on the play, which advanced Grand’s Kesley Backus to third base. Photo by Jeff Richards
slideshow
The Grand County High School softball team lost twice last week, falling 9-5 on the road at Emery on Tuesday, March 18, then narrowly losing their home opener against San Juan on Friday, March 21 by a score of 1-0.

  Against Emery, the Lady Devils had a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Lady Spartans rallied for five runs in the sixth to take a 9-5 lead. Grand was unable to score in the seventh and final inning, leaving Emery with the region victory.

  Friday’s contest against San Juan was a pitchers’ duel, with Grand’s Rhiannon Bohannon and San Juan’s Tatiana SueSue each going the distance for their respective teams. Bohannon struck out eight batters and scattered six hits, while SueSue had 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in the shutout win.

  San Juan appeared to score its first run midway through the contest, but that run was nullified when the Lady Devils made an appeal play after noticing that the runner had failed to touch third base on her way home. The home umpire agreed, calling the runner out and keeping the game deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

  A couple innings later, however, San Juan scored the only run of the contest after getting a runner on base due to being a hit by a pitch. That runner later scored on a long fly ball to left field for a double, which put San Juan ahead 1-0.

  In the bottom of the seventh, Grand’s Kesley Backus doubled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to third base on a bunt by teammate Kylie Haycock. Grand’s next two batters were unable to bring in Backus from third base, however, and the game ended with the score of 1-0 in favor of the Lady Broncos.

  “We are having a hard time stringing hits together,” said GCHS assistant coach Carrie Valdes. “That’s something we are working on in practice, and will hopefully get better at as the season goes along.”

  This week, the Lady Devils were scheduled to play Union High School in a non-region game at Roosevelt on Wednesday, March 26, followed by a home varsity doubleheader against North Sevier on Friday, March 28, with game times at 2 and 4 p.m.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.