Bulldogs start season strong with 4-1 record
KANAB—The Bulldogs are surprising few with their brilliance on the baseball diamond.
Gunnison’s baseball team has wasted no time in showing everyone why they are a ranked team in the competitive 2A baseball class. The No. 2 Bulldogs went 4-1 in their opening week, first letting the bats fly against Kanab in a 17-6 fireworks display, and later going 3-1 in the Chuck Wagon Classic in Kanab.
During the Classic, Gunnison posted wins against Morgan, Beaver, and North Sanpete by scores of 7-6, 5-1, and 8-7, respectively. Their lone loss came at the hands of No. 4 Enterprise, 10-7, in their first game.
Against Kanab, the game had the look of a competitive showing for most of it, with the Bulldogs leading 6-5 at the end of the second inning. Gunnison scored two more runs at the top of the fifth to extend their lead.
At the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs caught fire and fired off on the plate, scoring eight runs and flying away with the victory. Gunnison’s fiery offense was fueled by an astounding 28 hits in the game. Senior Drew Hill got a home run.
In the Classic, the Bulldogs faltered against Enterprise despite holding a slim lead at the top of the fifth. The Wolves went off for six runs in the bottom of the inning, and Gunnison never recovered, though Hill added another home run.
Hill and fellow senior Kyle Peterson each added home runs against Morgan in the win over the Trojans, and Hill slugged two more out of the park in the win over Beaver.
Recent history seemed to imply that the Bulldogs’ game against North Sanpete would be anything but competitive, yet the underestimated Hawks gave Gunnison their all in an unexpectedly thrilling game.
At the top of the second inning, it was North Sanpete who got the lead with four runs to go ahead 4-2. The Hawks maintained the lead all the way to the bottom of the fifth inning, when after the Bulldogs had tied it up with a run at the end of the fourth, they took the lead back, never to give it up, with a run at the bottom of the fifth to seal the win. Sophomore Parx Bartholomew led the Bulldogs with two runs.
Maxpreps.com named Hill the Gunnison Player of the Game for both the Beaver and Enterprise games. Junior Stewart Parker got the honors against North Sanpete.
Gunnison continues their season with a regular-season rematch at home against North Sanpete next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.