GARLAND -- Da Bears had not lost back-to-back games this season. They were not about to start Wednesday.
"I knew we would come out pretty strong," said Bear River senior right-hander Jordan Theurer. "We had a team meeting after the game, and the Box Elder game was a wake-up game. It showed what we needed to work on and what our flaws were."
Theurer, who has signed with Southern Utah University, fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk in the Bears' 3-1 Region 11 win over Grantsville.
"We always have been at each other's throats and you can always count on a good game when we play Grantsville," Theurer said. "I think we were more focused today. That Box Elder game (a 5-4 non-league road loss Monday) put a little dent in us."
Consecutive one-out singles by the Cowboys in the seventh inning put the potential tying run aboard, but Theurer got a fly ball to the outfield and she caught a game-ending pop-up.
"My plan was shutting them down 1-2-3," said the 17-year-old Theurer. "I missed a spot on their second and third batters, and they took advantage of my mistakes. You get back on the mound and keep throwing."
Freshman center fielder Brenna Hinck made a diving catch in short left-center field on a sinking ball hit by Grantsville leadoff batter Bailey Critchlow.
"That was the play of the game by Brenna," Theurer said. "We're really inexperienced and I applaud the freshmen who have stepped up.
"It's a lot more pressure on me than last year," she said. "There are times I get down on the mound, but we have girls who are caring and say something good to me."
Hinck, the team's leadoff batter, went 3-for-4 with an RBI double for five-time defending state 3-A champion Bear River (14-3 overall, 9-1 league).
"I'm happier with my pitching. I hit my spots really well on the corners," Theurer said. "The curveball was my most effective pitch; I lived on the outside corner."
Theurer was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Jordan Fitting had a run-scoring single for the three-time defending league champion Bears.
"The ages are the big difference this year," Theurer said. "We have a lot of good young players and the most freshmen we've had up on varsity."
The Cowboys, who were swept by Bear River this year, are 11-5, 7-3.
In the other two league games, Stansbury shut out Ogden 10-0 in six innings and Tooele topped Morgan 3-1.
* WEBER 9, LAYTON 4: At Layton High, the defending league champion Warriors scored five seventh-inning runs.
Senior right-hander McKenna Bull, who has signed with BYU, allowed 10 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Hannah Charlton went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and scored three runs. Haleigh Mortensen was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run; Bull went 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Haylee Chugg was 2-for-4 with an RBI; and Johnni Arbon had an RBI single -- she also drew three intentional walks -- with two runs for defending 5-A champion Weber (9-5, 5-1).
Kelle Smedley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Rae Gall was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs; and Mckell Moss went 2-for-4 with a run for the Lancers (10-6, 3-3).