Templar baseball team on early-season roller coaster ride, both up and down

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

3-23-2017

 

SALINA—The Manti boys baseball team has had some Jekyll and Hyde weeks in the early going of the 2017 season.

On the first day of the Chuckwagon classic in Kanab on March 10, Manti got a double and a home run from Matt Nelson on their way to an 8-3 win over Beaver, and then shut out Fredonia, Ariz. 15-0. Jace Miller was the winning pitcher in this game, Anan Bowles had a double and a home run. Darron McClain and Spencer Cox each hit a double.

The following day, the Templars opened up their game against Millard in the third inning with eight runs, added six in the fourth and four more in the fifth for the 18-2 win. Tristan Barnes was the winning pitcher, Adam Huff and Nelson had triples McClain had a pair of doubles, and Marshal Dotson had one.

The second game of the day saw Manti taking on the fourth-ranked Wolves from Enterprise. The Wolves won that game 8-2.

Last week the Templars traveled to Delta on Mar 14. The Templars held a 5-0 lead going into the fifth inning but gave up five runs in the sixth to allow the Rabbits to tie it up. A pair of Manti runs in the sixth earned the 7-5 win for the Templars.

The weekend saw Manti traveling to Pleasant Grove for the Sunroc tournament. The Templars defeated Tooele 4-2, Murray 19-9, but lost to Arbor View, Nev. 10-0.

At the North Sevier Tournament, the Templars lost to the second-ranked Gunnison Bulldogs 10-3. They then lost a defensive battle to American Leadership (ALA) 2-1.

This week the Templars hosted South Summit on Tuesday. Results of that game were not available at press time. Manti will host a rematch with ALA tomorrow.