Grand County High School baseball player Sage Stroder takes a swing at the ball during a game against North Sanpete on Friday, April 26. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

GCHS baseball team splits double-header with North Sanpete

The Grand County High School (GCHS) baseball team split a home double-header versus North Sanpete on Friday, April 26, losing the first game 11-10 as the Hawks scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind — before the GCHS Red Devils shut down the Hawks for an 11-1 five-inning mercy-rule win in the second game. With a double header at San Juan on Tuesday, April 30, remaining on the regular season slate, the final two playoff spots from Region 15 will be decided between San Juan (3-7 as of Monday, April 29), North Sanpete (2-9) and GCHS (1-9). A tie between the sixth-place and seventh-place teams in the region standings would result in a sudden-death playoff at a neutral site.

Girls golf team takes second in Region 15

The GCHS girls golf team finished the regular season second in the overall Region 15 standings behind runaway winner Richfield. The GCHS Lady Red Devils scored 3,220 strokes over the eight tournaments, while Richfield tallied only 2,645. For GCHS, Joopy Bamrungmuang finished sixth for the cumulative season, and teammate Jamie Day placed eighth. Shaycee Renn finished just shy of a top-12 medal, taking 13th with a 98.85 average score.

In the region finale at the Carbon Country Club on Monday, April 29, Bamrungmuang took fifth, shooting an 87, while Day shot a 93 for eighth, and Renn shot a 95 for ninth. On Tuesday, April 23 at Round Valley, the same venue as the state tournament, Richfield monopolized the top six spots in the standings, while Bamrungmuang placed seventh at 92, Renn placed eighth at 93 and Day placed 10th at 100. The state tournament is set to take place on Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8.

GCHS track takes third in both boys and girls divisions at E. UT. Championship

The Grand County High School track and field team took third in both the boys and girls divisions at the Eastern Utah Championship in Blanding on Friday, April 26. Missing many of their top athletes to other commitments, including Eli Hazlett, Connor Guerrero, Evan Ellison and siblings Malachi and Kylah Ricks, the Red Devils still scored 88 points in the boys division and 74 in the girls division, highlighted by a sweep of all three throwing events by Veda Gritts. Gritts won the shotput at 35 feet, 10 inches; the discus at 108 feet, 8.5 inches; and the javelin at 108 feet, 10 inches. Auburn Jackman also won the 400-meter race at 1:06.01.

For the boys, Jarom Shumway placed first in both the discus (142 feet, 3.5 inches) and the shot put (138 feet, 11 inches), while also placing third in the 110-meter hurdles (17.17) and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.72).The Red Devils also had two athletes tie for first in the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches — Jayden Dowd and Teddy Park. Completing a team sweep of all throwing events across both divisions, Dante Wells won the boys javelin at 138 feet, 11 inches.

The Red Devils will next compete at the BYU Invitational on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 in Provo.