ENTERPRISE—The Bulldogs began their week catching fire, but they ended it slipping on ice.
Gunnison Valley baseball delivered two seemingly effortless wins over winless Monticello in a doubleheader last Monday, 13-1 and 22-9, but faltered against a much stronger opponent in Enterprise and suffered a shutout loss, 11-0, last Wednesday, their second shutout loss of the season. The Bulldogs’ record moved to 7-11 with a 1-3 record in the 2A East Region.
The Bulldogs cut loose on the Buckaroos in the first game, combining as a team to hit four triples. Junior Kyler Cox hit two doubles and a triple to finish with a team-high three RBI.
In their second game against Monticello, Gunnison hardly missed, racking up 21 total hits. Juniors Jake Sorensen and Zack Brackett hit a home run each as Brackett led the team with five RBI. Sorensen and Cox each had three RBI. The Bulldogs raced out to a 7-1 lead after the first inning. With the score 10-4 going into the third, Gunnison broke away with 11 runs at the top of the third and never looked back.
Gunnison’s two games against Monticello were played after press time last Monday.
After collecting 36 total hits in those two games, the Bulldogs’ offense came a to screeching, grinding halt when they ran into Enterprise, who lead the 2A West and have the second-best scoring defense in 2A. Gunnison managed only two hits against the Wolves, while the Wolves pitched five strikeouts. Enterprise also managed to steal seven bases.
Coach Max Sanders said if the pitching and batting improve, they’ll be ready to go for the tournament. “The season is a time to improve for the tournament,” Sanders said. “I think our players are seeing that they can’t just walk onto a field and expect to win without making adjustments and putting in work. Hopefully, we are able to put a consistent team on the field when tournament time comes.”
Gunnison will be up north to take on North Sanpete this Wednesday before returning home to face Duchesne this Friday.