Baseball hopes to rise from last year’s defeats

February 28, 2011 — by Dylan Jew and Paul Jung

As the spring sports season approaches, the baseball team is working harder than ever to prepare. Disappointed from last year’s mediocre 10-20 record, many players on the team feel the need to redeem themselves with the upcoming season.

“We lost a lot of games last year, so we’re much more serious during practices this season,” sophomore catcher Stevie Berman said.

One major change from last year is the addition of new head coach Adam Varteressian, who also coaches for Kali Baseball, a local youth baseball organization.

“He’s a lot more strict and he’s all about discipline,” junior right fielder Eric Wang said.

The team is also focusing more on defense this year, hoping to hold off other teams through tough defense.

“Our team isn’t really a power team offensively, so we’ve got to work on playing good defense in order to beat teams,” said Wang.

Senior Dillan Pak will play an important role this season as a returning pitching ace from last year. Key hitters for the team this year are senior outfielder Kevin Darchuk and junior infielder Will Dennis.

Tough opponents for the Falcons this season are Los Gatos, Palo Alto, and Wilcox. However, because they are in the A-Division, no school is likely to be an easy victory.

The Falcons hope to gain a good start in the league season and fight to overcome last year’s difficulties.

“It’s going to be a tough season, but hopefully it’ll turn out well,” Berman said.

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