Panther freshman-sophmores run out of time in ’20 season

Monticello second baseman Chesney Capron (right) flips the ball to Cael Sampson during the July 8 JV home game against Cascade. (Photo courtesy of Rucker Photography)


     Like pretty much every high school summer coach in the State of Iowa, Chance Manternach wishes he could have had more time with the Monticello freshman-sophomore baseball team.

     “We got as much practice as we could,” Manternach said. “It was hard to get a lot in. At the end I felt like we were starting to get a stride, and then the season was over.”

     The Panthers played eight games, going 3-5.

     Monticello opened the season June 17 at West Delaware, winning by scores of 12-10 and 6-5. Rylan Kraus was the winning pitcher in the first game. Dylan Monk batted 3-for-3, and Connor Sauser was 2-for-2.

     In the second game, Joel Arduser had a walkoff base hit to close out the win for the Panthers. Gabe Goodyear was the winning pitcher. Wyatt Coyle drew three walks.

     On June 24, Monticello played host to Tipton at Dailey Field, and lost by scores of 8-4 and 12-1. Caden Sternhagen went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the first game. Kraus was the losing pitcher. Sauser went 1-for-2 and scored a run in the second contest. Ty Tallman pitched and took the loss.

     Then came a home doubleheader against Anamosa July 1, in which the Panthers lost 9-3 and 12-5. Cole Welter was 1-for-2 at the plate in the opener. Kraus pitched and took the loss. In the second game, Lucas Bartachek batted 1-for-1. Chandler Weber was the losing pitcher.

     Monticello closed the season by splitting a home doubleheader against Durant. Monticello won the first game 7-1, as Cael Sampson pitched for the win. Gage Guilford and Tallman both were 1-for-2 at the plate. In the second game, the Panthers lost 4-2. Sauser was 2-for-2. Brayden Kuper pitched and was dealt the loss.

     “For the most part, I thought it was a good season,” coach Manternach said.

Junior varsity

     Monticello played the final games of its junior varsity baseball season last week, and finished with a 6-5 record.

     The Panthers opened the season at Wilton June 15, and lost 2-0. Tate Petersen pitched three innings and struck out three.

     At Iowa City Regina June 18, Monticello lost 7-5. Dylan Monk batted 3-for-3 with an RBI double. Cael Sampson and Dylan Roher also had one double each.

     On June 19, the Panthers played host to Anamosa and lost a tough 6-5 decision. Preston Ries had seven strikeouts in three innings of relief.

     Monticello posted its first win of the season with an 11-0 decision at home against North Cedar June 24. Blaine Brighton pitched four shutout innings with seven strikeouts to get the win. Sampson had a double and two RBIs

     The Panthers also defeated Bellevue, 12-2, in a June 26 home game. Monk went 2-for-3 with a double and knocked in three runs.

     Monticello then ran its winning streak to three with an 8-1 home triumph over Durant. Petersen pitched five innings and allowed just one run to get the win. Monk hit two doubles. Chesney Capron and Sampson each had two RBIs. Peyton Schilling had two hits.

     Next, the Panthers lost a tough 2-1 decision June 30 at Anamosa. Owen Ray pitched five innings and struck out two. Schilling had the lone Monticello RBI.

     Monticello got back in the win column July 2 with a 6-4 win at Tipton. Connor Lambert pitched four shutout innings. Offensively, Conner Jordan led the way with two hits.

     Monk then had three RBIs in a 10-0 home shutout over West Liberty July 3.

     Next, the Panthers played at Mid-Prairie July 6, and scored a 9-2 victory. Ray pitched four innings to pick up the win, allowing just one earned run. Jordan had a triple and three RBIs. Peyton Schilling also hit a triple.

     In the final game of the season, the Panthers lost to Cascade 5-0 in Monticello. Sternhagen went 1-for-2 with a stolen base. Schilling pitched three innings and gave up one earned run.


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