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MVHS Baseball Team Participates In Lion’s Tournament

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 10:08 am

The Mar Vista baseball team participated in the Lions Tournament the week of April 15 and here are some highlights.

As if Monday, April 15, was a warm up, the team lost to Tri-City Christian, 10-5, but the next two games on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar Vista brought their game. Tuesday, April 16, they beat Holtville 6-2 and Wednesday, April 17, they came out on top over the Alpha Charter team from Elverta, 8-5.

“Tuesday and Wednesday were probably two of the best games we’ve played all year,” said head coach Bobby Rector. “Wednesday (our game) versus Alpha Charter was definitely the most exciting game of the year; we were back and forth through extra innings. We scored 4 runs in the 10th inning to win.”

Some of the stand out players of the tournament on offense were Jason Capron, a senior, who had three hits (two singles and a double), two runs scored and currently has a 1.000 batting average; sophomore Josh Barbato with five hits (four single and an important triple), three RBIs, six runs scored and has a .500 batting average; Isaac Guerrero, another senior who had three hits, three RBIs and carries a .375 batting average; freshman Dante Pacheco who has three hits (one single and two doubles), four runs scored and has a .333 batting average; and junior Diego Garza who also had three hits, (two singles and a double), three RBIs and a .300 batting average.

As for pitching during the tournament, Barbato hurled for 6.2 innings, zero earned runs. Garza pitched for four innings, with 1 earned run, seven strike outs and was the winning pitcher on Tuesday against Holtville. Cesar Luna took the mound for three innings with zero earned runs and had a save on Tuesday versus Holtville. Gurerro got the win on Wednesday, against Alpha Charter with three and a half innings picted. Zachary Hastings got the save on Wednesday.

Reflecting over the tournament, Rector said, “We played some of our best baseball against Holtville and showed a very hard-nosed attitude against Alpha Charter, in a game that could’ve went either way on many occasions.

“I like where we’re at going into the final three weeks of league play. We will be up against the three top teams in our league, Olympian, Southwest, and Sweetwater, and we will definitely have to play at the top of our game to have a chance at winning league.”

The next game for the Mariners is home, on Friday at 3 p.m. against Olympian.

Rector concluded, “I am very proud of our boys right now, and they are showing that they are a very exciting bunch of young men.”

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