When Manti arrived at the Spanish Fork Softball Complex on Friday morning, the mentality was a simple one — go beat Grantsville.
That is, of course, much easier said than done as Grantsville came into this year’s 3A state tournament looking to win a fifth straight state championship.
Manti set out and accomplished exactly what it wanted in that first game against Grantsville, pulling off the 4-1 upset to remain in the winners bracket. It then beat South Summit a few hours later to book its place in Saturday’s championship at 12:30 p.m.
As for its opponent, it won’t be Grantsville. After losing to Manti, Grantsville was stunned by Grand 11-8 in the 3A one-loss bracket and bowed out of the tournament before the final day.
Manti will await the winner of the 10 a.m. game between Grand vs. South Summit, the last two teams standing in the 3A one-loss bracket.
Manti coach Susan Hatch said her players had the right mentality from the start of the day: to take care of business and march into the championship again.
“We just focused on it’s a game, it doesn’t matter who it is that we have to play, we have to play our best to be the best, and that’s how we feel about Grantsville. They’re the best,” said Hatch.
Manti is now one win away from being 3A’s best and claiming its first state title since 2016.
Tiffany Hermansen was the hero of the day for Manti as she picked up the win in both games and also homered in both games.
In Game 2 against South Summit, Hermansen ripped a two-run home run just over the fence in the third inning to stretch the lead to 3-0, with Alivya Osborn singling in the first run of the inning.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News