A three-game skid has put the Magic behind the 8-ball early in the conference season.
Monticello beat Rogers 13-2 in the opening game of a double header last Thursday, before dropping the second game 8-3.
Tuesday night, the Magic got swept by Buffalo, dropping the first game 8-2 and the nightcap 4-1, as Monticello fell to 2-3 in the Mississippi 8 with an important doubleheader against St. Michael-Albertville looming this afternoon.
In Monticello’s lone victory of the last week, Tanner Eckhart went six innings on the mound, striking out four while allowing zero earned runs.
At the plate, the Magic were led by Eckhart and Matt Bonk.
Eckhart picked up three hits and two RBIs while Bonk added three hits, leading to three RBIs and two runs scored. Hayden Laimer reached base four times for the Magic. The shortstop picked up a double, and added three walks, on his way to scoring three runs in the game.
The Magic are still looking to find consistent hitting, and that resulted in a couple of narrow losses this past week.
Monticello was swept by Rogers in a doubleheader that included a 1-0 shutout loss last Thursday.
Monday the Magic lost another nailbiter, falling 3-2 to Sauk Rapids.
The Magic dropped two more Tuesday afternoon at the hands of Buffalo. The Bison kept the Magic off the scoreboard in both games, winning 8-0 and 9-0.
The Magic finished fourth out of sixteen teams this past weekend at the Sauk Rapids Mega Meet.
The Magic were able to turn in a handful of impressive times despite cool and wet conditions at the track.
Sam Johnson continued to lead the way for Monticello. Johnson was the lone meet champion for the Magic, picking up a win in the 400-meter race and finishing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.82, a state honor roll time and his first time under 23 seconds.
Michael Witschen also had another solid day, finishing in second place in the triple jump with a 40-05.75.
The 4×200 relay team, made up of Collin Scherber, Witschen, Mahdi Mire and Johnson earned a third place finish and the 4×100 team (Joe Fasen, Jake Olson, Lowell Laudert and Scherber) finished fourth in a hotly contested relay.
Monticello finished fifth at the 17-team Sauk Rapids Mega Meet last Saturday.
The girls were led by their distance runners.
Amber Seidenkranz earned a first place finish in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:26.40 and Krista Steele earned another top honor for the Magic in the 800, coming in first with a time of 2:29.45.
Mariah Betzler finished third in the 1600, rounding out Monticello’s top individual finishes.
The distance runners were also strong as a team. They picked up Monticello’s first win on the day, winning the 4×800 relay with a time of 10:20.44