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High school baseball: Grantsville holds on to beat Maple Mountain

By Cory Landon

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, March 18 2016 10:45 a.m. MDT

GRANTSVILLE — The Grantsville Cowboys continued their winning ways Thursday afternoon beating Maple Mountain, 4-3, in extra innings. With the victory, Grantsville moved to 6-0. Riley Jensen came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on second base. Jensen hit a line shot down the left field line to score the winning run.

Grantsville called on pitcher Kyle Peterson to start the game. Peterson entered the contest with a 3-0 record on the season and had only given up two runs in his previous starts. Peterson was able to continue his success on the mound as he kept Maple Mountain off balance for most of the day. In the top of the first inning, Peterson got off to a fast start striking out the first and third batter. Peterson would finish the day pitching seven complete innings and striking out eight Maple Mountain batters.

Peterson also got the Cowboys on the board first in the bottom half of the second inning. With Peterson on second base, he stole third. He was safe at third and a throwing error by Maple Mountain allowed Peterson to score and give Grantsville the early lead 1-0. The score would stay the same until the bottom of the fourth when Brady Arbon would lead off with a single. Arbon made it to third base safely and a passed ball by Maple Mountain allowed him to score. Jake Paxton would add another run and Grantsville owned a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth.

Peterson carried a no-hitter into the sixth when Maple Mountain lead the inning off with a single. The next batter would get Maple Mountain on the board as Kade Paulsen hit a two-run home run, and at the end of sixth Grantsville held the lead, 3-2.

Grantsville looked like they were going to close out the game in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Maple Mountain had a runner in scoring position, and a costly throwing error by Grantsville allowed Maple Mountain to tie the game at 3-3. Riley Smith came on in relief in the top half of the eighth inning and was able retire Maple Mountain. Smith would end up picking up the victory on the mound.

In the bottom of the eighth, Grantsville's Coy Johnson was able to draw a walk and on the next pitch stole second safely. Riley Jensen stepped in and hit a line shot down the left field line to score Johnson and give Grantsville the victory, 4-3.

Grantsville head coach Loren Anderson said after the game "that we knew Maple Mountain was a very good team. Peterson was superb on the mound, and Smith came in a closed out the eighth to pick up the victory. We were able to keep competing and overcame a couple of mistakes to pick up with a big win."

Grantsville hits the road today as they face Morgan at 3:30 p.m. Maple Mountain will prepare for a double-header on Saturday against Woods Cross and Olympus.

Cory Landon is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, a husband, father of four and an avid sports fan.