Baseball Plays Last Game of the Season
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The Baldwin Park High School varsity baseball team traveled two and a half hours to play their first round playoff game in Lompoc, CA against Cabrillo High School on May 20. The team went into the game with good confidence as they experienced a great win days before against Twenty-nine Palms.
The game began with Baldwin Park at bat, but unable to score, leaving them pitching the ball to Cabrillo High School. As the team held their own in the 2nd inning, Baldwin Park scored a run as third baseman for Cabrillo nearly missed the ball, leaving home plate open for Christian Cruz to score, 1-0.
Following this was the bottom of the 2nd inning in which two of Cabrillo’s players managed to get on base and scored as an unexpected hit went over center field, leaving the score 2-1. This sparked motivation in ending the inning in the following play with an out at first by Freddy Quintana.
The game continued with both teams leaving each other at a standstill, with neither able to score. In the bottom of the 5th, Tico Ruiz balked the ball allowing first baseman runner to advance to second, followed by an out at first. After, J. Sousa of Cabrillo was hit by the ball, placing him at first. The bases soon became loaded with two strikes on G. Kovach of Cabrillo, who was then hit by a pitch causing the team to score yet again, with Braves only 2 points behind, 3-1. The pressure was on for the Braves but two more players were hit leaving Cabrillo with 2 more, 5-1. The inning ended with a double play with an out at third and first base.
The game continued and ended with neither team able to score, ending the score as it was in the fifth inning 5-1. Though the Braves lost, their season can still be seen as an accomplishment being that they made it to playoffs and received a new coach this baseball season. The team has shown improvement and prove there is good to come in the seasons to follow.