Baseball team picks up wins against Buckaroos, Wolves
by Robin Willscheidt
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Red Devil pitcher Kyler Nelson tries to pick off a Monticello runner at third base on March 25. Photo by Jeff Richards
Red Devil pitcher Kyler Nelson tries to pick off a Monticello runner at third base on March 25. Photo by Jeff Richards
After two wins and a loss last week, the Grand County High School baseball team’s chances for post-season play are looking up, coaches said this week.

Region wins against Monticello on Tuesday, March 25 and North Sevier on Friday, March 28, pushed the Red Devils to a 4-5 record so far in the season. Grand is now 2-1 in region play after going 1-1 in the March 28 double-header against Wolves.

The Red Devils easily shut out the Monticello Buckaroos in a short, five-inning game on March 25 that ended with a final score of 11-0.

According to Ron Dolphin, assistant coach for the Red Devils, the win was due to some hard hits, good defense and an early lead in the contest.

“We jumped on them early and had a lot of success,” Dolphin said. “Everyone hit the ball hard. We just stung the ball.”

GCHS junior Kyler Nelson pitched the full game for the Red Devils. His solid performance on the mound only allowed the Buckaroos one hit during the contest. Junior Tanner White turned in a strong performance for the Red Devils’ offense in the game, hitting two double-base hits during the contest.

Friday’s varsity double-header on the home field featured the Red Devils against the North Sevier Wolves. The Red Devils lost the day’s first game 7-5. A narrow overthrow by the Wolves in the last inning of the game led to hopes that Grand could regain the lead, but the Red Devils fell short.

Grand was up 5-0 at the beginning of the fifth inning in that first game, and only gave up one run. During sixth and final inning of the game, however, the Wolves scored seven runs and took home the victory.

“In the sixth inning the [Wolves] strung together hits and we made some mistakes. We just lost our winning mindset,” said Dolphin.

The Red Devils staged a comeback in their second game of the day, winning 6-3 against the Wolves.

“We got the winning mindset back,” Dolphin said. “We might win or lose, but we are never defeated.”

The Red Devils were scheduled to play the San Juan Broncos in Moab on Tuesday, April 1. Grand is also scheduled to compete against Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, April 4.

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