MANTI—The Templars’ opener for region play went about as well as one could imagine.
Manti baseball fell in three straight games to the Cougars, losing in a close one, 1-0, last Tuesday on the road before getting blasted by them at home, 16-6 and 11-1, in a doubleheader last Thursday. The Templars fell to 3-6 on the season with an 0-3 start to region play.
Manti played exceptionally well defensively in the first game against the Cougars, but the Templars’ bats were cold as ice as they collected only two hits for a .087 team batting average. Union got the win courtesy of a first-inning triple, followed by a single RBI.
In the second game, Manti finally started to connect on their batting, but unfortunately, so did Union, and a lot more. Up 5-2 going into the third inning, Union broke the game open with eight runs for a 13-2 lead. The game ended on a mercy rule after the sixth inning. Sophomore Reggie Frischknecht led the game in hitting with a double while notching two RBI.
The third game was a complete domination for Union as their strong hitting continued, while Manti’s batters were mostly quelled into the dugout. Sophomore Jaden Barton managed to hit a triple at the bottom of the fourth inning, and sophomore Braxton Henningson collected the RBI on a subsequent single.
The Templars are taking the week off and will prepare to face North Sanpete in a three-game series next week, starting with a road matchup on Tuesday.