Braves Get Raided


ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA– On October 10th,  the Baldwin Park Braves Varsity Water Polo team played Rowland High School’s polo team and lost 15 to 5.

Joel Rangel, one of the strongest players on the team, commented, “We played alright. We had a good defense. Our transition wasn’t that well, but overall we did pretty good on defense.”

afwerdgFilled with white water from furious kicking and frustrated shouting, Thursday’s game was definitely one of the most intense home games the boys had this season. Despite having both strong defense and offense, the Braves were unable to stand their ground.

When the referees signaled the beginning of the first quarter, the Braves swam full force to meet the Raiders. After playing intensely for most of the first quarter, Rudy Muńoz was able to get past the defense and make the first goal with only 4:05 left on the clock. He was also able to make a second goal only minutes later. At the end of the first quarter, Rowland was in the lead, 5 to 2.

Huddling together on their end of the pool, the Braves were able to speak briefly to Coach Kersher before diving back in. Spectators were on the edge of their seats, as everyone watched Muńoz race down the pool towards the slightly terrified looking Raider  goalie. Unfortunately, the Braves weren’t able to make another goal in the second quarter. By halftime, the score changed to 10 to 2, with Rowland in the lead.faerdc

Exhausted from the first half of the game, the Brave gathered their remaining energy for the second half. Out of pure luck, one of the Raiders made a mistake and scored on his own team, gaining a point for the Braves. Isaiah Rangel was able to score another goal on the Raiders, getting the Braves one more point.

Entering the fourth quarter, the score was 15 to 4. Unfortunately the Braves were only able to gain one more point during that quarter. The Braves settled on a disappointing loss of 15 to 5.

This game was the last away game for the Braves. From that game forward, the Braves have to defend their home territory. Oscar Barragan gave his thoughts on only playing home games from now on. “I wouldn’t say excited, but I do look forward to them more… And you get kind of nervous of them more cause they’re home.”

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