by Scott Boyle
In the summer time when the weather is hot,,,,,not. Even though weather might not seem appropriate yet, summer sports are blazing away in Blanding and Monticello. With baseball and softball leagues in both communities from 5 year old to adult, if anyone is bored, you just ain’t tryin’ my friends.
Monticello sports a T-ball league with four teams, a Peanut league machine pitch baseball league with two Monticello teams and a Dove Creek team and a coach-pitch softball league for first and second grade girls on two teams. Additionally, Monticello has four baseball teams, three softball teams, and 18 adult teams, four fast pitch softball teams, seven men’s slow pitch and seven more coed slow pitch teams. Blanding sports even more: Eight baseball teams, seven softball teams and nine adult coed softball teams.
Six teams, three from Blanding, two from Monticello and one from Dove Creek are currently battling for Mustang third and fourth grade baseball supremacy and the right to go to state. Chad McDonald’s Braves are leading the league at the moment with a 4-1 record, followed closely by Rick Eldredge’s Blanding Angels, Dove Creek, and Chris Baird’s Monticello White Sox. Mike DeRosier coaches the Cubs and Ryan Heck the Astros.
The boy’s Pinto league boasts seven teams from Monticello, Blanding, White Mesa, and Dove Creek. Monticello rules the Pinto League with RT Nielson’s Red Sox undefeated and Steve Draper’s Dodgers suffering just one loss at the hands of the Red Sox.
In softball, 13 teams compete in three leagues, including the Fox league with coaches Robin Garner in Monticello and Ron Kirk and Shelby Eldredge in Blanding. The Filly league has two Blanding teams and a Monticello team, while the Falcon League has four teams, three from Blanding and one from Monticello.
It’s a good time to look for golf balls at the Hideout after the annual MHS/SJH Fundraiser four man scramble last Saturday. The day ended with a two-way tie for first place between J2 Electric and Fleming. Both teams managed to card a 59 in the scramble format. In a scramble, each player hits, the team chooses the best shot and then all teammates hit from that spot, choose the best one, so on and so on.
The J2 Electric team, manned by Jeff Johnson, Keith Ivins, Kyler Perkins, and John Young, won in a scorecard playoff on the second handicapped hole to win the first place trophy. Fleming’s second place crew consisted of Danny Fleming, Mike Northern, Jolly Bayles, and Dwayne Black. Wojcik, Hunter, and Blue Mountain Foods teams finished tied for third.
A new Hideout Golf Course superintendent was hired this past week and will begin work in about a week. Tom Cook, from Illinois, was hired from a large list of highly-qualified applicants. Cook, who has a resume that includes 15 years of golf course management, will begin work around June 18 or 19. Golf committee members, city council members are excited about the new superintendent. “He’s a worker,” said one. More when he gets here.
About the time Cook gets here, the Hideout will join with the Moab Golf Club to host the annual Arch and Horsehead Golf tournament. In a unique format, golfers will participate in a two man scramble at the Hideout and complete the tournament the next day with a two man best ball at Moab. See Director of Golf Terry Eardley to sign up. Fore, please!!!!!