by Tad Barton
The San Juan girls golf team wrapped up their 2018 season last week at the Region 15 tournament. The Broncos missed qualifying for the 3A State Tournament by 21 strokes.
Coach Tracy Johnson said, “The girls have improved every week throughout the season and shown tremendous integrity.”
San Juan had six girls on this year’s team, three sophomores (Whitnie Ivins, Hope Holliday and Brittany Grover) and three freshmen (Isabel Young, Brinley Bowring and Kalea Chamberlain). The future looks bright for the Lady Broncos golf team.
The Lady Broncos softball team completed their regular season schedule with a 14-3 loss to Grand County on Tuesday, May 1.
Grand got on the scoreboard first, scoring one run in the top of the second inning. The Red Devils added another four runs in the top of the third to go up 5-0.
San Juan cut Grand’s lead to three runs in the bottom of the third when Jalynn Swenson doubled, driving in Sam Jacobsen and Chamique Lopez scored on a RBI by Shaelyn Squires.
The Red Devils got those runs back plus one in the top of the fourth, taking an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the inning.
The Broncos third and final run came in the fifth inning after Squires singled, scoring Jacobsen. Grand then put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth, scoring six runs to claim a 14-3 win over the Broncos.
San Juan struggled to get their bats going, finishing the game with just five hits, two by Lopez and one each from Swenson, Jacobsen, and Squires.
Gracee Bowers pitched six innings, giving up twelve hits, striking out five, and walking two.
After finishing up the regular season against Grand, the Broncos headed to Kamas, UT on May 5 for the opening round of the 3A State Tournament.
San Juan opened the tournament against the host team, the South Summit Wildcats. In the first inning, the Broncos jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
That lead was trimmed to two runs in the bottom of the second when the Wildcats scored three runs to trail San Juan 5-3. By the bottom of the third, San Juan saw their lead disappear when South Summit knotted the score up at 5-5.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth after scoring seven runs to take a 12-5 lead. Down big going into the fifth inning, the Broncos kept plugging away, scoring a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, while holding the Wildcats scoreless in both innings, making the score 12-8 heading into the seventh inning.
The San Juan comeback was halted in the seventh. Needing four runs, the Broncos came up just short, scoring two and dropping the game to the Wildcats, 12-10.
Offensively, the Broncos were led by Nizhoni Lacy and Keya Black. Then seniors combined for six hits (three each) and six RBIs (Black four, Lacy two). Tassi Su’eSu’e and Lopez each had two hits, while Bowers, Swenson, and Jacobsen had one hit each.
Bowers and Kaitlyn Perkins split pitching duties. Combined they gave up 15 hits, struck out eight (four each), and walked one.
In the one loss bracket, San Juan was pitted against a familiar foe, the Emery Spartans. The Broncos swept the regular season series against the Spartans. They continued their winning ways with a 15-8 win over Emery to stay alive in the tourney.
San Juan’s season looked to be in jeopardy after the first inning of play when the Spartans raced to a 6-0 lead after one. In the third, the Broncos cut Emery’s lead in half after scoring three runs.
The Spartans pushed the lead back to five, 8-3, after the top of the fourth. That’s when San Juan’s offense came to life. Six runs in the bottom of the fourth erased Emery’s lead, as the Broncos went up 9-8.
San Juan then added four more runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and then held the Spartans scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn the victory, 15-8.
Black was a perfect four of four at the plate for San Juan and drove in four RBIs. Swenson also had four hits and drove in three. Lopez finished three for three with a pair of RBIs, while Jacobsen, Su’esu’e, Squires, and Nizhoni Begaye each had two hits, and Lacy finished with one hit in the win.
Bowers and Perkins once again split time in the pitcher’s circle for San Juan. Bowers got the start, covering five and one third innings, giving up twelve hits, striking out two, and walking four. Perkins surrendered four hits in an inning and two thirds.
The Lady Broncos’ next game is Thursday, May 10 at the Spanish Fork Softball Complex in Spanish Fork, UT. San Juan will play the winner of Grantsville and South Sevier at 4 pm. on field four.
Needing a pair of wins against Grand to keep their postseason dreams alive, the Broncos baseball team headed to Moab on Tuesday, May 1. Unfortunately for San Juan, the Red Devils dashed those hopes, defeating the Broncos in both games, 11-1 and 10-3.
In the opening game of the double header, Grand methodically marched to an 11-1 victory. The Red Devils scored one run in the top of the first and two more in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead early in the game.
San Juan trimmed that lead to two runs in the bottom of the third when the Broncos scored their first and only run of the game. Grand went on to score five runs in the top of the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth on their way to the ten-run win.
The Broncos offensive struggles continued in the second game of the afternoon. Trailing 2-0, San Juan finally got on the board in the top of the third when they scored one run.
The Red Devils quickly answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to go back up by two, 3-1. Grand extended their lead to six runs, 7-1, after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, the Broncos added one more run to pull within five at 7-2 only to have the Red Devils push three more runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-2 lead.
The Broncos final run came in the top of the seventh, as they saw their season come to a close with a 10-3 loss to Grand.
Track & field
The Mr. Mac/BYU Invitational is where you would have found the San Juan boys and girls track teams this past weekend. Teams from across Utah and Idaho competed in the two-day competition.
Jaxon Torgerson was the lone Bronco to place in any event, finishing third in the High Jump at 6’2”.
The Broncos traveled to Manti, UT on Tuesday, May 8 to compete in the Region 15 Championships. This is the last meet before the 3A State Track and Field Championships which will be held at BYU starting on May 17.
The San Juan boys tennis team heads to the 3A State Tournament on May 11 and 12. Five Broncos qualified for this year’s tournament, including Lyle Palmer (First Singles), Luke Palmer (Second Singles), Kean Poyer (Third Singles), and Ramsey Holliday and Dylan Ivins (First Doubles).
The tournament will be held at the Liberty Park courts in Salt Lake City.