On the road at the Hyrum Hornets, the Gate City Grays’ bats struggled to wake up Thursday in an 8-4 loss.

POCATELLO — In the top of the fifth inning of the first Gate City Grays baseball game at Halliwell Field in 679 days, Grays owner Terry Fredrickson trudged up the stairs of the press box to consult with his public address announcer Brian Bernard.

A tense pitcher’s duel finally broke open in the sixth as the Gate City Grays fell to the Smithfield Blue Sox, 4-0, Saturday night, ending the Grays’ season in the first round of the Northern Utah League playoffs.