Braves Conquer the Knights
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BALDWIN PARK, CA – On Wednesday, March 1, the Baldwin Park Varsity Baseball team beat the Arroyo Knights on Brave’s territory, 5-4. This was their second non-league game this season. Giovanni Pabon was the starting pitcher and Matthew Wells was the starting catcher. Jacob Rice third baseman, Jacob Robles short, and Andrew Barbosa first base.
In the top of the first inning, Arroyo was up to bat. The first three batters hit pop flies and Baldwin Park was able to gain their outs quickly. When the Braves were up to bat, Francisco Ruiz hit to left field and got to first base. Robles then bunted, which earned them an out, but it enabled Ruiz to run home and score. The score at the end of the first inning was 1-0, Braves in the lead.
In the top of the second inning, there was not much action until a fly was hit to left field, which was amazingly caught by Pablo Thompson. Another pop fly was hit to left field, which was caught by Jimmy Castro. In the bottom of the inning, a similar play to one in the first inning occurred. Pabon hit the ball far down centerfield which got him to second base. Shortly after, Matthew Wells got a hit, which allowed Pabon to run home and bring the score up to 2-0.
In the top of the third, the Braves got their three outs quickly, one of which was a fly ball hit to center field, caught by Francisco Ruiz. Robles hit a groundball which zoomed past Arroyo’s third baseman and allowed him to get to first base. Andrew Barbosa got hit by the ball so he took his base. Pabon hit the ball to left field which allowed Robles to run home and bring the score up to 3-0. With Pabon and Barbosa on base, Arroyo was able to get a double play and end the inning with the score of 3-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Arroyo scored a run due to a catching error by the Braves. The Braves repeatedly dropped balls, which cost them another three runs. The score at the end of the inning was 4-3, Arroyo ahead.
In the top of the fifth inning, a new pitcher, Christian Jaregui, was brought in. He walked many players, but none of them were able to make it home. In the bottom of the fifth, Thompson hit a fly ball to center field and got to second base. He stole third base and was able to run home when Pabon hit a ball to right field. In another play, Pabon was able to score a point which brought the score up to 5-4, Baldwin Park now taking the lead.
The sixth inning was quick. The Braves got their outs within the first three batters and so did Arroyo. The final score was 5-4, Braves’ victory. This game brought the team’s record up to 2-0.