56°F
weather icon Clear

Eagles’ summer baseball leaves Legion

Boulder City’s high school baseball program has dropped its longtime American Legion summer-league affiliation in favor of joining the newly formed Connie Mack League.

The Eagles will have two teams: the 18-and-under coached by varsity assistant Chris Morelli and the 16-and-under coached by varsity coach Bobby Reese. Play began for both teams this past weekend at home against Shadow Ridge. The state tournaments are scheduled for mid-July.

“We helped create the Connie Mack League because a lot of schools were tired of the American Legion,” Reese said. “Part of our reasoning was that with Legion, we only had time for games.

“We would play five games in a row and never have time in between to practice. That meant we would continue to make the same mistakes and not show the improvement we would like to see.”

The new league will also allow the players to enjoy part of their summer outside of baseball.

“In the new league we can keep our contact with the kids — total days we play and practice — to four to five a week, thus giving them some days off to have a summer and be kids,” Reese said. “Kids need time to be kids, too.”

Joining Boulder City in the new Connie Mack League are Foothill, Las Vegas, Bonanza, Eldorado, Arbor View, Shadow Ridge and Utah’s Dixie, Snow Canyon and Desert Hills.

The new league also let coaches build their own schedules rather than play a mandated schedule, which American Legion requires.

“With the new league we are able to build our own schedule and play games when we want to play them,” Reese said. “This helps us schedule around the other summer sports’ schedules that we ask our kids to play.”

But the new league will mean a tougher schedule against better competition, Reese said.

In the past, Boulder City’s varsity always played in American Legion’s Silver Division, which consisted of 50 percent varsity teams and 50 percent junior-varsity teams.

In the new Connie Mack League this summer, the varsity (18-and-under) will play all 18 of its games against larger schools, and varsity teams preparing for next spring.

The 18-and-under players and their current grade are: Juniors Colton Bosnos, Mario Castanon and Tayler Wold; with sophomores Nick Giunta, Cody Bosnos, Bradley Henderson, Austin Shepard, Will Knudsen, Patrick Garvin, Seth Kermode and Danny Rudd; and freshmen Peyton Koopman, Austin Wishard and Zach Murphy.

The 16-and-under team, which includes two sixth-graders, four seventh-graders, five eighth-graders and two freshmen, will be playing 22 games this summer against larger schools and junior-varsity teams. Five of those games will be against 14-and-under teams from the larger schools, which will be full of seventh- and eighth-graders.

The 16-and-under Eagles are: Freshmen Quentin Turner and Mike Morelli; with eighth-graders Aaron Kehoe, Preston Van Diest, Jacob Hubel, Collin Shepard and Kodey Rahr; and seventh-graders Teddy Lobkowicz, D.J. Reese, Gabe Kermode, Anthony Pacifico and Nolan Herr. Shaun Jones and Darin Bailey are sixth-graders.

“The summer program gives us a great opportunity to start filling in some holes left by all our graduating seniors,” Reese said. “It also gives the younger kids an opportunity to start playing at a much higher skill-level.”

The Eagles were state runner-up in May, but will lose 10 seniors including 1-A Southern Region MVP Tanner Howell. Seven of the seniors were regular starters.

“We are asking some of our kids who will not be in high school for one or two more years to play against current JV teams,” Reese said. “We are looking for a lot of them to step up and continue the standard of Boulder City baseball that has been in place for many years.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Lady Eagles on win streak

After routing Cadence Academy 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 12, Boulder City High School’s girls volleyball team won its most recent three matches and is riding a five-game winning streak.

Tennis seedings place BCHS in good position for titles

Individual seedings for the boys and girls 3A Southern Region tennis tournament Oct. 19-22 have been set with several Eagles from Boulder City High School’s boys and girls teams selected.

Roundup: Girls rebound, score four wins

Boulder City High School’s girls soccer team won four of its recent games, improving its record to 9-1-1 while rebounding off of its first loss.

Lady Eagles shut out

Boulder City High School’s girls soccer team experienced its first taste of adversity, falling to Pahrump Valley 5-0 on Monday, Oct. 4, its first loss of the season.

Victories prime teams for playoffs

Hosting Canyon Springs for their senior night, both Boulder City High School tennis programs rolled to victories as the postseason looms.

Roundup: Volleyball team nets two wins

Getting back in the win column, Boulder City High School’s girls volleyball team won a pair of matches to advance to 16-10 on the season.

Offense sets the tone for 27-22 victory over Pahrump

Ending a two-game skid, Boulder City High School’s football team got back in the win column Friday, Sept. 24, with a 27-22 victory over Pahrump Valley.

Lady Eagles soccer team on hot streak

Flying high coming into October, Boulder City High School’s girls soccer team sits at 5-0-1 on the season, outscoring its last two opponents 17-1 and head coach Arnold Oeland said he really likes the makeup on this year’s squad.

Roundup: Tennis teams cruise to victory

Finally finding a quality opponent to play, both Boulder City High School tennis programs got in near full matches for the first time in weeks.

Eagles at crossroad

Boulder City High School’s football team sits at a crossroad entering the week at 2-2 on the season after losing a nail-biter to rival Virgin Valley 34-28 on Friday, Sept. 17.