Manti bats silent against Union

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Manti’s Alex Cox winds up for the pitch in a snowy road loss to Union last week.

CASTLE DALE—The Manti baseball team looked solid on defense in their only game last week, even if the offense wasn’t up to snuff.

The Templars fell to Union, 2-1, in a defensive matchup on the road to move to 4-3 on the season.

The loss marked an 0-1 start to region play for Manti.

Manti struggled to get off the plate, totaling only two hits in seven innings and zero RBIs.

Sophomore Bryce Boehrer had the lone run for Manti, while freshman Braxton Henningson had the other hit.

At the mound, senior Jason Nelson turned in a great performance despite the loss, pitching nine total strikeouts with only three hits in 26 batters faced.

Behind Nelson, however, the Templars struggled with the Union baserunners as Union managed to steal six bases.

Manti’s hitting remains capable if not consistent, averaging 7.6 runs per game. Their defense allows 5.3 runs per game.