High school softball: Grantsville relies on humor, fun to reach 3A title game

SPANISH FORK — Alese Casper keeps the pressure of the playoffs at bay with her jokes.

“I think I’m funny,” the senior pitcher said after earning two wins in Friday’s 3A tournament to give Grantsville a berth into Saturday’s championship game. “I don’t know if other people do.”

Whether she has a future in comedy or not, Casper proved her mettle Friday with a 1-0 win against third-ranked and defending state champion Bear River and then a 4-1 victory over fourth-ranked Ridgeline.

Grantsville coach Heidi Taylor said the team’s confidence and cohesiveness comes from that playful, joyful energy.

“This team believes that they can do anything,” she said, stopping to choke back tears. “It’s because of the four seniors. They’re just leaders; they were just born that way. They don’t come out each day and say, ‘I’m going to lead.’ Kids just want to be like them. They’re fun.”

It was a double in the fourth inning from one of those seniors, Reannon Justice, that gave the Cowboys an offensive spark. With one out, Justice got on base with a double, and then Kylee Leach reached first on an error. Addison Smith’s single scored Justice, and Leach was called safe after Ridgeline’s catcher was called for obstruction.

Senior Breanna Dzerzon scored a run in the fifth inning off of Brayle Crossman’s sacrifice fly. Then Heather Butler scored the fourth run on a home run in the sixth inning.

Kenzie Bishop scored Ridgeline’s only run in the seventh on a hit from Alleigh May.

The Cowboys almost had their third shutout in a row, which came because of their defense as Casper only had three strikeouts against the Riverhawks.

“Our defense is probably as good as it’s ever been,” she said. “And if Alese is throwing well, she’s going to give them balls where (we) can make plays. We know …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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