by Walter & Becky Bird
The Monticello baseball team started last week with a March 27 game at the home field of the Gunnison Bulldogs.
Monticello came into the game encouraged by its first place 2-0 2A North record and 3-1 overall record.
Gunnison, the third ranked team in 2A, entered the matchup with an 8-3 overall record and a 2-0 2A North record.
Gunnison came out slugging, hitting a first inning grand slam that paced a six-run inning. The big first inning led to a steady effort for the Bulldogs who prevailed 10-0.
Monticello never could get the bats going, as Bulldog Kolton Petersen no-hit the Buckaroos. Tyler Draper started for Monticello and recorded the loss.
The loss dropped Monticello to 2-1 in the 2A North play, which is good enough for sole possession of second place.
On March 29, the Dolores Bears visited Monticello for non-region varsity and JV games. In the varsity game, Monticello jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after the first inning, building off three singles, two walks, and a double from Keaton Young.
The second inning produced seven more Buckaroo runs capped by Race Young’s triple. After the four-run fourth inning, the Bucks cruised to an 18-2 win.
Pitcher Kayden Draper recorded the win.
In the JV tilt, paced by an eight-run second inning, the Bucks cruised to a 13-2 win. On the mound, Mark Beh earned the win, and Keaton Young closed the game.
Of note, Race Young hit a two-run shot in the first inning after Mark Beh’s triple, and Weston Nebeker got a triple in the monster second inning.
The Bucks played the North Sevier Wolves on Tuesday, April 3 at home for a region game.
On Thursday, April 5, they return the favor when they head to North Sevier for another 2A North contest.
The weather was again nice and sunny for the boys and girls golf teams as they traveled to Green River for another region golf match on March 29.
The Lady Buck golf team got in their first 18-hole match of the season but was the only team with enough golfers to record a team score. Green River and Pinnacle only had one golfer each.
Tymbr Black lead the way for the team with a 123, followed by Ellie Thayne’s 133. Olivia Chamberlain carded 137, and Brooklyn Holt came in with 151. Nyla Maryboy ended the day with 152 strokes
The Monticello boys golf team had a great day in Green River, coming out on top of the region match against Green River and Pinnacle. Monticello shot 439 to Green River’s 448. Pinnacle doesn’t have enough scoring members for a team score.
Britton Brewer led the Buck golfers with a 103 and overall third place. Bowden Hunter followed with 108 with Ryan Bird close behind with 111. Justin Cecil provided the final team score, carding 117.
Coming into the match, Monticello trailed the Pirates by three overall strokes but took control of first in the region to now lead by six strokes going into Monticello’s home match Friday at the Hideout.
The Lady Bucks will also play the same day at their home course.
The Monticello track teams had the week off but will be back in action on Friday, April 6 when they travel to Manti for the Temple View Qualifier.