The Monticello baseball team could not have asked for a better week.
Not only did the Sages play every game on the schedule for the opening week of the season - usually a rarity in Central Illinois - but they won each and every one of them to kick start their season in a good direction.
After making a deep run in the postseason a year ago, Monticello won its first five games of this season, culminating in a sweep of Carbondale on Saturday.
The Sages defeated Carbondale 5-3 in Game 1 and 7-3 in Game 2 on the road a day after beating Anna-Jonesboro 5-4 on Friday.
Those three wins in two days combined with victories Wednesday over Arcola and Monday against LeRoy made for a pretty nice start.
Against Arcola, the Sages won 14-0 behind Jacob Burton’s two hits and three RBI. Ryne Bundy added three hits and two RBI in the win.
The Knights swept a double-header of their own Saturday, defeating Hoopeston Area 5-3 in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2.
The two close victories were spurred by Ben Williamson. Williamson recorded a win and a home run in the pair of wins while Sam Duggins recorded the other win for Blue Ridge.
Jeremy Plank’s double in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday scored Tyler Schuring with the go-ahead run, and Ross Ryan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to preserve the 3-2 win for the Knights over Tuscola.
Tommy Watson’s single in the bottom of the seventh tied the game for the Warriors.