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Sentinels in First Place heading into final stretch
The St George Sentinels are quietly putting together another solid season, standing at 13-3 with 8 regular season games remaining (final league game is July 17th at home against Dixie). The Sentinels are atop the Southern Division of the Utah Southern Legion League with a 6-2 league record (coverage can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/utahsouthernlegion). This week, St George plays Taylorsville at home, followed by West Lake on Tuesday, and then two doubleheaders up north on the weekend against Skyline and Springville on Friday and Helper and Price on Saturday.
The top four teams from the Southern Division will compete against the top four teams from the Central Division in the first round of the state playoffs on July 19-21 in Pleasant Grove.
The Sentinels have been on a hot streak, winning 10 of their last 11 games and 7 straight. Trey Allred is leading the team with a .522 batting average, followed by Tanner Staheli at .468, Cannon Secrist at .415, Kage Aki-Paleka at .412 and Alec Flemetakis at .405.
Weston Sampson is leading the team in RBI with 22. Trey Allred has 17 stolen bases and Jagun Leavitt has the highest slugging average and OPS at .846 and 1.446.
Cannon Secrist has been a leader on the mound, with a 4-1 record, 33 strikeouts and 1.75 ERA in 28 innings. Nate Horsley has been exceptional with a 0.304 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings and 6 appearances. Cody Riddle and Cooper Madison have also been key starters on the pitching staff (2.188 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 16 innings for Riddle and 3.073 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings for Madison).
ST GEORGE SUMMER CLASSIC 2018
A big thank you to all of our coaches, players and fans that made our St George Summer Classic 2018 a big success. The baseball and competition was overall very good, and we had some excellent teams compete this year. Congratulations to the Boise Gems, who defeated the Nevada Jays 17-8 to win the championship. We hope everyone had a good time and hope to see you out again next year!
Our All-Tournament Team 2018 consisted of the following:
Arden Callahan (Boise) - MVP for hitting and pitching his team to the title
Bryson Vansinkel (West Lake) - Top Pitcher - threw a no-hitter and recorded 15 strikeouts
Jordan Moreno (Nevada) - Top Hitter - hit 3 homeruns and was rarely not on base
Quentin Bruno and Jon Fisher (Jackson)
James Beck and Cade Guerisoli (Snow Canyon)
McGwire Jephson and Keegan Zundel (East Idaho)
George Hanach and Cordell Bowie (Nevada)
Sam Norman and Matt Barney (Lone Peak)
Ryder Peterson and Ayden Marshall (Springville)
Ryan Trinlaus and Braden Courter (Mountain Rangers)
Ryder Lundahl and Dawson Barson (Sky View)
Easton Watterson and Kody Condie (Pocatello)
Cody Bellmine and Gauge Lockhart (Grandview)
Quinton Standley and Austin Losser (Pocatello)
Nic Elkins and Jonah Holtberg (Boise)
Bryson Vansinkel and Calvin Colson (West Lake)
Blake Oaks and Brenden Blanchard (Dixie)
Auggie Pena and Daniel Sturm (Caldwell)
Alec Flemetakis and Tanner Staheli (St George)
Final results for all tourney games can be found by clicking on the following link: St George Summer Classic 2018 Schedule and Results.
CAMP IS BACK! 'Play Like A Champion" Youth Baseball Camp
CampYouth Baseball Camp will be held on June 27 & 28th, 2018 from 8:30 AM TO 10:30 AM on Weds and Thursday. The camp is for young players from ages 6-12 at the Pine View High School diamond. Instruction will be provided by the coaches and players from the St George Legion Baseball team, consisting of top players from high schools across Southern Utah. Receive player-specific instruction on the skills and routines required for young players to develop into the champions they can be. Cost is $35 and includes a camp T-Shirt. Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 22nd, for receipt of a T-shirt at the camp. Otherwise, the T-shirt will be available the week following the camp.
Please register online by clicking on the "Forms" tab at the top of our homepage and then selecting the "Play Like A Champion" form displayed. Payment can be made in advance online or will be collected at the camp. For any additional questions, please contact us at 435-669-6935 or 435-229-1323.
RUNNER-UP TROPHY AT WESTERN REGIONALS
The St George Sentinels concluded their stellar season in the championship game of the American Legion Western Regionals, finishing with the 2nd place trophy after falling twice to the Nevada state champion Henderson squad. The 2nd place finish was the highest finish ever for a Utah team since the beginning of American Legion baseball in 1927. Many thanks to the support of family, St George legion post 90, and many supporters across the great state of Utah throughout the journey. Coverage of the games can again be found on www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive. Thank you to Andy Griffin for his great support and stories supporting the team and American Legion baseball throughout the season.
Many team records were broken throughout the year and can be found under the All-Time leaders tab for this website. Notably, Nick Horsley was awarded one of two Utah Player of the Year awards from the Utah American Legion Baseball organization and will receive a $2500 scholarship. Also, Tobie Swenson received the teams' Most Inspirational Award for his tireless efforts on the mound and at the plate, while attending all team practices, fundraisers, and games through the long summer season.
Several players from the team are moving on to play college baseball this coming year, including the following: Alex Flemetakis at Dixie State, Jagun Leavitt at Dixie State, Nick Horsley at Benedictine University at Mesa AZ, Ryke Erickson at College of Southern Idaho, and Payton Higgins at Treasure Valley. Thanks for the help and support of Mike Gargano and Southwest Baseball Academy for the support and assistance in players preparing for and finding places to play at the next level.
We are already looking forward to next season ....
SENTINELS WIN STATE CROWN
On Saturday, July 29th, the St George Sentinels accomplished the incredible task of winning the 2017 American Legion state title after losing its first game and coming back through the losers bracket. After falling to North Cache on the opening day of the tournament, the Sentinels rallied together to win 6 straight games and take home the first place trophy. Defeating Pleasant Grove 6-5 and 4-2 at Gates Field in Kearns, St George brought home its first state crown since 2003. There were multiple heroes over the 4-day tournament, including outstanding pitching and hitting from multiple players throughout the squad. On championship day, Blake Milne and Jagun Leavitt took center stage and each pitched 7 complete innings to lead the team to victory. Further details throughout the week can be found on www.stgeorgeutah.com/news that provided excellent coverage throughout the week.
The Sentinels now move on to the Western Regionals in Denver, CO and will face New Mexico on August 2nd at 3:30 pm.
SENTINELS READY FOR STATE
The St George Sentinels finished as the #1 Seed from the Utah Southern League on Saturday, July 22nd, by defeating Pleasant Grove 5-0. The Sentinels are 20-10 headed into the state tournament and will face the North Cache Titans at 1:30 PM at Gates Field in Kearns on Wednesday, July 26th.
Strong defense, outstanding pitching, and timely execution on offense have been key for this team of late in winning its last 7 games. With a tough field of competition ahead, St George hopes to continue perform at a high level this coming week in pursuit of the state crown against Utah's best legion teams. Photo above was taken by Robert Hoppie of St George News on 6-17-17.
ST GEORGE SUMMER CLASSIC 2017
We'd like to thank all of the incredible teams that attended our St George Summer Classic 2017. There was some great baseball played and we appreciate everyone's efforts to make our tournament a huge success. Hopefully all enjoyed Bruce Hurst Ballpark at Dixie State and their hospitality, as well as the competition from team's throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to the North Cache Titans, winners of this year's tournament. They defeated the Sentinels 6-3 in the tournament championship Saturday night.
Also, congratulations to our All-Tournament Players, MVP, Top Pitcher and Top Hitter for the tournament. Players selected for these honor are as follows:
MVP - Ryder Lundahl, North Cache
Top Hitter - Nick Horseley, C, St George
Top Pitcher - Eric Carter, North Cache
All Tournament Team:
Brian Fauz, Clay Campbell - Jackson
Logan Miller, Dawson Warner - Eagle AA
Dillon Catalano, John Hess - Boise
Cole Crater, Gene Vigil - Grandview
Logan Smith, Corey Meyers - Cedar
Lance Kinross, Tanner Staheli - SBA
Dillon Schafer, Jacob Ortega - Faith Lutheran
Ray Leugers, Jordan Beck - Cincinnati
Tyson Fisher, Hobbs Nyberg - Dixie
Alec Flemetakis, Payton Higgins - St George
Trey Gambil, Jake Macalevy - Lone Peak
Brock Thorkelson, Stephen Gubler - Snow Canyon
Taylon Abeyta, Jayden Flemett - Helper
Brad Banks, Jack McLaughlin - Golden
Jake Dygert, Cooper Kunz - North Cache
All Final Game results for the tournament can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab located on the left side of our webpage for computers or the Main Menu tab for mobile devices.
Thanks again and we hope to see you all again next year!
START OF 2017 SEASON!
The 2017 summer American Legion Baseball season is upon us! The St George Sentinels, runners-up for the state crown two of the last three years, embark on another exciting baseball season this coming week. Tryouts will be held on May 25th and 26th at Bloomington Park Fields, 650 Man O War Road, St George, UT from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Partnered with the legionnaires from southern Utah,we look forward to a fantastic year filled with dedication, fun, and a pursuit of excellence.
SENTINELS TAKE SECOND IN STATE
The St George Sentinels finished another successful season with the second place trophy at the Utah State American Legion Championships. After falling on the second day of the tourney to Grantsville, the Sentinels fought their way through the one-loss bracket by defeating Syracuse, Layton, Grantsville to reach the championship game. Unfortunately, St George fell in the championship game to the Cache Valley Bees to finish with 2nd place for the second time in the last three years. The Sentinels finished the year with a 20-13-1 record.
Ryke Erickson was awarded top defensive player of the state tournament, as well as team MVP for the season.
Several team records were broken this year, including Dawson Staheli finishing with 6 triples and Alec Flemetakis with an OBP of .623. Other fantastic players joined our All-Time Leaders Board (check it out at the bottom of the upper left-hand tabs).
Congratulations on a great season! Thanks to all the players, parents, community and legionnaires for all your fabulous support.
SENTINELS CAPTURE GAME 1
Photo taken by St George News 2016
St George pulled off a miracle Monday night, storming back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to win its first game of the state tournament 9-8 over Layton. After falling behind by 4 runs in the top of the first inning, the Sentinels fought an uphill battle the entire way. Each time the Sentinels would put runs on the board, Layton would respond with runs of their own. However, winning the coin toss to play as home team ended up being pivotal for St George. Down 8-5 going into the bottom of the 7th, and after a quick first out, Logan Campbell and Michael Lacy both reached base on singles. Alec Flemetakis then walked, Kory Taigen singled to score Campbell, then Ryke Erickson and Anthony Cornwall both walked to force home Lacy and Flemetakis and bring the score even at 8-8. After a first pitch strike, Kash Walker laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze play to score Kory Taigen and complete the comeback.
Stand-outs for the game at the plate included Kory Taigen, who was 3-5 (including a double that bounced over the wall), Ryke Erickson, who was 3-3 with 2 RBI, and Michael Lacy who was 3-4. Makai Maclellan picked up the win on the mound after relieving in the 7th inning. The Sentinels move forward in the winners bracket to play Grantsville on Tuesday at 2 pm.
ST GEORGE FINISH 2016 REGULAR SEASON
Photo - captured by St George News, July 21, 2016
The Sentinels wrapped up a successful regular season this week and look forward to the next step: the Utah State Legion Championship tourney in Layton next week. Finishing with an official record of 16-11-1 overall and 10-2 in league play, the Sentinels now have their sights set on finishing strong while vying for the elusive state crown.
St George opens play on Monday, July 25th, at 5 pm versus Layton, the tourney host team. Tournament bracket schedule can be found by clicking on the Tournament tab on the left of our webpage and then opening the Utah State Legion Championship 2016 link, and then opening the PDF attachment under General Information.
ST GEORGE SENTINELS 2016
The St George Sentinels kick off a new summer season starting June 7th! Representing the American Legion St George Post 90, the Sentinels are proud to represent the Veterans of southern Utah as we compete for a state crown.
Thanks for all the support of the parents, community and local media! We look forward to a successful season. Please browse the website for information on our players and team.
ST GEORGE SUMMER CLASSIC 2016
The St George American Legion Summer Classic Baseball Tournament was a great success! 14 teams from across the western U.S. met for another year of outstanding competition. Thanks to all our teams, players, fans, and coaches for a great tournament.
The tournament finale featured the Cache Valley Bees vs. Riverton at Dixie State's Bruce Hurst Ballpark. Cache Valley was the winner, 2-0, to take home the tournament trophy. All-tournament players were selected from each of the participating teams and showed some brilliant play.
Tournament games and results are posted via the Tournaments Tab at the left of our home page.
Thank you for your joining us! We are already looking forward to next year! (photo provided by St George News).
Sentinels Finish 2015 Season Taking 3rd in State
The St George Sentinels finished off a successful season Thursday night, placing 3rd at the State Legion Championship Tournament. After winning its first game on Monday, St George lost to the Blacksmith Trappers (Mountain Crest) on Tuesday of the week and fell into the Losers Bracket. They subsequently won the next two games, beating Fremont 5-1 and Bear River 16-2 to advance to the play-in game for the championship. However, after building a 4-2 lead in the first inning and carrying a 5-4 lead into the top of the ninth, the Sentinels faltered in the final inning as they gave up 4 runs and ultimately lost the contest 8-6. They did have the tying at the plate with a runner on third base in the bottom of the ninth and just 1 out, but fell short after consecutive long fly balls to the outfield were caught.
The Sentinels ended the 2015 legion season with a 22-10 record. Highlights on the season included winning the Logan Summer Tournament in June, qualifying for championship day in the Boulder Invitation Tournament of 32 teams, and sweeping Price 4-0 to qualify for the state championship tournament.
Team leaders for the season included: Kash Walker, who led the team with a .487 batting average, .737 slugging pctg, 25 RBI, 5 triples and 17 stolen bases (setting 4 new season records for the Sentinels); Logan Lafemina, who hit .392 with 36 runs scored (new team record), 12 stolen bases and an ERA of 2.37; Tyler Johnston, who hit .386 with 28 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and team-leading ERA of 1.70 (ERA and SBs are new records); Chris Petrosie, who was 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA and only 8 BB in 37 innings pitched; and Carter Milne, who was also 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA and team-leading 38 innings pitched.
The Sentinels will have a closing ceremony/BBQ at the St George Legion Hall on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6:00 pm for all players and their families. Awards will be presented and the team recognized for a great season. Many thanks to St George Legion Post 90 for their sponsorship, donations of time and money, and their support with flag ceremonies, photos and attendance at our games. We are already looking forward to next season!
St George finishes 3-1 in Boulder Tourney and qualifies for championship semifinals
St George finished a great weekend of baseball on Saturday at the Boulder National Invitational Tournament. Featuring 32 teams from largely the western U.S., St George played four games against: Salina, KS; Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; and Boulder, CO, going 3-1 and qualifying for the championship rounds for the tournament. However, due to rains earlier in the week that canceled play on Wednesday, championship play was pushed to Sunday. With many of the St George players and coaches who do not play on Sundays due to their religious convictions, the Sentinels declined to play in the championship rounds and instead returned home content with having proved itself one of the top 4 teams in the tournament.
On Thursday, Austin Ruseler led the way for the Sentinels, pitching a shut-out that ended in an 8-0 mercy run rule finish in the fifth inning. Ruseler gave up only 3 hits and struck out 3, with only 1 BB to notch the win. Trevor Berry was solid at the plate, going 2-3 with 2 RBI, and Kash Walker had a triple (his third for the season).
On Friday, the Sentinels enjoyed another pitching gem, this time with Chris Petrosie throwing a shut-out as the Sentinels downed the Denver Mustangs 8-0 in 5 innings. The Sentinels led 7-0 after a 6 run second inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Josh Howard. Great performances included Logan Lafemina, who was 2-3 at the plate and scored 3 times, Kash Walker, who was 3-3 with a double, and Josh Howard, who went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. St George also had a solid defensive effort, highlighted by 3 double-plays for the game, each initiated by Tyler Johnston.
On Saturday morning, the St George Sentinels played a very good team from Salina, KS and defeated them 5-2. Carter Milne pitched another great game, lowering his ERA to 1.25 on the season as he pitched a complete game and gave up only 1 earned run. Kash Walker was 2-4 in the game with a double, Josh Howard was 2-4 with 2 RBI and Brenr Nelson was 2-4.
In the second Saturday game, having already clinched a top 4 spot already in the tournament, the Sentinels fell to the hometown Boulder team 6-2. Despite collecting 8 hits and putting runners in scoring position in 5 of 7 innings of play, the Sentinels were unable to drive in runs and could only muster 2 runs. Logan Lafemina took the loss on the mound, giving up 4 earned runs in 5 innings pitched (coming from two 2-run homeruns). Kash Walker was 2-4 at the plate for the game.
Sentinels Take 2-0 Lead in State Qualifier Series
St George Legion took a big step towards qualifying for the State Legion Championship Tournament on Friday, defeating the state's other independent legion squad 12-9 and 8-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Price and St George will play again July 17th in Beaver to finish up the series.
In the first game, the Sentinels found themselves trailing 6-2 going into the top of the 6th against Price. However, St George rallied to score 4 runs in the inning to knot up the score. Josh Howard and Trevor Berry both doubled in the inning, with Carter Milne providing the game-tying single after a double-steal by Chandler Allman and Trevor Berry. After Price again took the lead in the bottom of the inning, the Sentinels responded in a big way by erupting for 6 runs in the top of the 7th. Jaden Rawlings provided a 3-run HR blast lead the way. Chris Petrosie picked up the win on the mound, while Kash Walker went 3-4 at the plate and Josh Howard was 2-3 with 2 RBI.
In the second game, Carter Milne provided another strong performance on the mound, giving up only 1 earned run and 2 BB on 83 pitches in 7 innings to pace the Sentinels to a 8-2 victory over Price. On offense, St George was steady and relentless, scoring runs in every inning and stealing 5 bases for the contest. Chandler Allman led the way, going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles. Kash Walker also had another solid game, going 2-4 with 2 doubles and playing a solid first base. Tyler Johnston stole 2 bases and made a spectacular diving play on a sharp grounder up the middle and then gunned the runner out at first.
St George takes 2nd Place in State
The St George Sentinels finished their stellar baseball year on Friday, falling to Helper in the final game to walk away with the 2nd Place Trophy for the State of Utah 2014. After beating Helper 8-0 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all championship game, the Sentinels ran out of gas in the final.
Fossat, the Helper pitcher who was voted MVP for the tournament after pitching 4 games for Helper, pitched a brilliant 1-hitter against the Sentinels in a complete game shut-out. Although St George did have some hard hit balls, it seemed each ball was hit right at the Helper fielders and they made the plays. Conversely, after going through the previous 7 games of the tourney with only 3 errors, the Sentinels had 5 costly errors in the game to seal their fate.
Nevertheless, St George enjoyed a marvelous summer season to finish up 25-8-1 and second to only the repeat champion Helper team. It was a summer of tremendous dedication and growth and great accomplishment. For the state tournament, Josh Howard was voted Offensive MVP by the American Legion for his outstanding display at the plate, hitting 3 homeruns, 4 doubles, and driving in 12 runs for the Sentinels.
Thanks to all the players and parents for their dedication and efforts!