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.

 

Blue Ridge

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.

 

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond

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.