The start of any new season can bring anxiety to a coach. But a first year coach’s first game, after just one practice outside, could give just a little extra reason to be anxious.
“When you only practice outside once, you’re a little concerned,” said Coach Cole Deibele. “You don’t know what to expect.”
But it didn’t take long for the Magic baseball team to alleviate the concerns of their coach.
The first six Monticello hitters reached base in the bottom of the first inning and all six came around to score, as Monticello cruised to a 10-3 victory in their season opener against Princeton Tuesday afternoon.
“Guys came out swinging,” said Deibele. “Anytime you put a six spot on the board in the first inning, you feel pretty good about your chances.”
Michael Revenig helped set the tone for the Magic, opening the game with a single and then stealing second base, one of four stolen bases for Revenig during the game.
“I think it’s going to be important all year for us to put pressure on the defense,” said Deibele. “Being able to take extra bases is going to be key to our success.”
As a team, the Magic stole six bases during the seven-inning game. They also racked up 10 hits to go with four walks.
Revenig, Tyler Mros, and Braydon Hanson, making his first career start, led the way for the Magic.
Each batter picked up two hits, while Revenig added two runs scored and an RBI, Mros earned a walk, scored two runs and had two RBIs and Hanson picked up an RBI while recording one of the team’s three doubles.
Another key way the Magic put pressure on the defense was by striking out just three times Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Monticello’s pitching staff struck out six, including five for starter Andrew Manning in just three innings.
Manning struggled with control some, walking five hitters over three innings, but was able to maneuver out of most jams, allowing just one run in each the second and the third inning. The senior was aided by allowing just one hit to the Tigers, before exiting the game due to pitch count.
“We’re going to be careful with the guys early in the season,” said Deibele.
Manning’s early exit gave two sophomores a chance to make their varsity debut on the mound.
Danny Blackstone went three innings for Monticello, picking up the victory, as he allowed just one unearned run on one hit and one walk.
“I was extremely impressed,” said Deibele. “He’s a guy that’s always 100 percent focused.”
In the seventh, Jack Bourgeois came on to shut the door, allowing no walks or hits, to complete the Magic victory.
Monticello’s next scheduled home game is Friday at 4:30 p.m. against St. Cloud Tech.