Gunnison Valley baseball winning streak reaches 13 games

Last week, the Gunnison Valley baseball team extended its winning streak to 13 games.

The Bulldogs beat Monticello twice on Tuesday, April 20, first 16-3 and next 15-0. The next day, the team beat Enterprise 9-0.

“Overall, we did really well offensively,” Coach Max Sanders said.

In the first game alone, 10 different batters got hits, and the team stole nine bases.

In stats from both games of the double-header, Janzen Keisel went 6-for-7 with two home runs off of the Monticello school building and seven RBIs. Creed Mogle went 5-for-6 with a home run that travelled even further than Keisel’s. Harley Hill went 4-for-8 with a double and four RBIs, according to stats on maxpreps.com.

Myles Bartholomew got the win in the first game and dealt five strikeouts. Talon Belnap closed out the final two innings by striking out six of the seven batters he faced.

“We’ll need them in the state tournament, so we want to get them on the mound as much as we can,” Sanders said.

Easton Newman pitched three of the five innings played in the second game, striking out five. Harley Hill struck out three in two innings to close it.

Sanders said two Enterprise pitchers were impressive, but the Bulldogs hit well anyway.

Keisel hit another home run, one of four hits in as many at-bats. He drove in four runs. Payton Dyreng and Mogle each went 2-for-3, including a double by Mogle.

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Head Coach Max Sanders (middle, arm extended) talks to players about building on the momentum they had just created by beating Enterprise on runs scored early in the game.

Keisel pitched six innings, striking out 14 and allowing one hit and two walks. Mogle closed with one strikeout and one hit allowed in the final inning.

Sanders said his team did well to gain a sizable lead early in the game. They led 6-0 after the third inning and added two runs in the fourth. The coach said he hoped his team could emulate the early attack in the playoffs, especially because it could face Enterprise in one of the early rounds.

The games against Monticello last week were the final regional matchups for the season, in which Gunnison Valley finished 9-0.

The last time and only game the Bulldogs lost this season was against Beaver on Friday, March 19.

The Bulldogs travelled to face Beaver again yesterday, a team that is 11-7 and ranked third in Utah 3A RPI standings.

Today, 3A North Sanpete comes to Gunnison. The Hawks are 6-11 this season.