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Baseball: Team comes back strong from early defeats

Despite a rocky beginning, the baseball team rebounded with a string of victories over spring break to achieve a 10-13 overall record as of April 26.

“We started the season off slow, but we’re starting to get better,” said junior pitcher and right-fielder Kushal Raj.

The Falcons pulled off a six-game winning streak that gave them the confidence they had been lacking in the beginning of the season. They won three games against Evergreen Valley with scores of 13-3 and 9-3 on April 13 and 15 respectively and went on to beat Harbor 4-3 on April 16, Fremont 7-4 on April 18, and Mountain View 8-4 on April 20. Senior pitcher Dillan Pak pitched strongly in these games, emerging with a 1.09 earned run average and a 3-2 record.

Playing in the De Anza League has proved to be a challenge for the Falcons, as they are currently ranked sixth in the league out of eight. However, sophomore outfielder Kyle Dozier feels that they have been improving and has a positive outlook for the season’s end.

“Our new coach this year is bringing in big changes to the team,” said Dozier. “We’re getting there.”
According to Raj, the team’s improvement is due in part to its ability to adapt to their new coach for the season, Adam Varteressian, and his coaching style.

“We picked up on our coach’s philosophy on how to play the game, which is that if you work hard and play right, you’ll catch breaks and things will go your way,” Raj said.

With two league games left in the season, and CCS just around the corner, the team has been working harder than ever in order to end the season strong.

“Practices have been a lot harder recently,” said senior left-fielder Kevin Darchuk. “We’ve been running a lot.”

With their final games against Palo Alto and Sacred Heart coming up on April 29 and April 30, the team hopes to play hard and end the season on a good note.

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