Varsity baseball falls short to JSerra in second round of CIF

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By Riley Hubsch

The varsity baseball team finished second in the Mission League with a 12-6 record in league play and overall record of 17-12.

Recently, the Cubs beat Agoura Hills 6-3 in the first round of CIF on Friday, May 20, and lost to JSerra 1-4 in the second round on Tuesday, May 24.

Junior pitcher Blake Beers said that he feels the season was a success because of the strength of the team’s pitchers. He said, “I feel that we have really improved on playing sound small ball and manufacturing runs. Because our pitchers have been very good, we have been able to win games off of a tough pitcher because we were able to manufacture runs.” Everyone on the team can be proud of their achievements, although everyone also has a drive to improve in CIF, according to Beers.

The team is also proud of how strong the camaraderie was among the players, according to junior pitcher Timothy Post. He said, “The team chemistry I believe was our strong suit. Although many of us live in many different parts of the greater Los Angeles area, we always [find]out ways to hang out outside of practices or games, and that really formed bonds that will last a lifetime.” Made up of a mix of juniors and seniors, the baseball players have developed a bond that anyone can see, according to Post.

Beers acknowledged the challenges the team had to overcome this season. Everyone on the team agrees that the Boras Classic Tournament from March 29-April 1 was a major turning point in their season, according to Beers.

He said, “I think the defining moment of our season was when we came in last place in the Boras Classic. It was a big wake up call for all of us and what really defined us was not the losses but how we were able to bounce back and win some baseball games.” But Beers also continued to say that the team shifted its mentality after the tournament and began to start improving in every area they could.

Beers said his favorite moment of the season “was sweeping Alemany in our league opener. It really helped with momentum and gave us confidence.”

Post said, “One of the biggest moments of the season was beating Harvard-Westlake at their home field to win the series. That was a very special moment because for the seniors that was their last time playing our bitter rivals, and beating them on their home turf made it that much sweeter.”

Post reviewed the goals he held for the season, and explained how the team accomplished them. “The goal for this season was to make the CIF Division I playoffs, and through hard work, starting all the way back in October, we accomplished that goal. We strived for more team goals rather than personal victories, and that really became a motto that we followed throughout the year,” Post said.

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