Baseball strikes out


Baseball season is coming to a close as the rest of the spring sports begin to hold their senior nights. Both junior varsity and varsity teams have failed to match previous season records, making the outlook for the 2017-18 season look quite bleak. JV Bruins did considerably well this season, with a record of 16-8-1, while varsity Bruins remain with a record of 8-18. Varsity pulled through with wins in games versus Del Mar, Lincoln, Ann Sobrato, Oak Grove, San Lorenzo Valley, to just name a few. Notable JV games include away games at fellow schools, Del Mar and Lincoln. The freshman and sophomore boys played hard and scored 22 runs in both games, consecutively. It looks like there may be a bright future for next year’s teams after all.

The boys played Branham rival Leigh in their last game on May 11. The varsity Bruins lost to the Longhorns, 13-2, despite strong efforts by seniors Jordan Modesto and Matt Fernandez. However, the JV team came through with a win, ending their game with a 2-point lead, 6-4. Friends and family came out to support the players, and especially to honor senior players leaving high school and moving on to pursue whatever future plans they may have.

When asked about the overall cooperation within the team, Matt said, “We started off working well together but as the season went on, it seemed everyone focused on themselves rather than putting their teammates before themselves.” He believes that loss of focus contributed to the varsity team’s disappointing season. His advice to future varsity players? “Work your hardest out there, pick each other up, and have fun.” Matt will not be playing baseball in college, and it does not appear that the rest of the current senior players will either. Hopefully, Bruins can shake off their poor luck and push to CCS next season. Good luck to graduating seniors, and a warm welcome to incoming players.