The varsity baseball team took the the first of a two game series against CVHS’s rival, the Bishop O’Dowd Dragons, on Tuesday April 11, with a final score of 6-0.
The game not only ended, but began triumphantly as well.
“We had seven runners on base the first two innings,” said Coach Glenn Sears, “That kind of jump started us.”
Also at the start of the game, with two outs and the bases loaded, right-fielder senior London Penland took a diving catch, which cut off the Dragons’ chance of scoring and ended the first inning.
Penland was not the only successful player Tuesday. Neither team had scored yet, when senior Matt Mascio hit a home run at the bottom of the third inning. The hit allowed two others to score, and pulled the Trojans ahead by three runs.
The team did not stop there, but went on to score three more runs before the end of the fourth inning.
O’Dowd is typically a tough opponent for the CVHS varsity baseball team. However this year the team has been weakened by the graduation of many starting players, leaving a team of mostly juniors with only one or two starting seniors.
The Trojans on the other hand are expected to win more games than lose this season, due to lots of senior continuation. Tuesday’s game seemed to be evidence of the predicted advantage of an experienced team.
“It feels good to have games like these,” Mascio admitted.
Besides hitting a home run, Mascio also pitched the entire game. By the end he had pitched a six-hit shutout, throwing only 94 pitches the entire game.
“He’s pitched like this pretty much every game,” said Junior Grant Thomas, pointing out Mascio’s consistency.
The victory left the players, parents, coaches, and the audience hopeful for the rest of the season.
“It was a big win,” said Sears.