Baseball team makes a run for the top of the league

March 29, 2016 — by Alex Yang and Ryan Kim

With an early record of 7-4, the baseball team is starting off the season strong. Coming off of a successful 17-14 season last year, the team hopes to improve and make a deep run in CCS.

Last week, the Falcons played back-to-back games against traditional powerhouse Wilcox. On their home field on March 25, they won 4-2. Two days earlier, they traveled to Wilcox and and lost 6-5.

Keying the win on March 25 was a home run from senior Michael Schillage in the second inning.

With ace Tyler Yoshihara throwing a shutout, the Falcons grabbed a 2-0 victory against Cupertino during a home game on March 18, and another victory at a non-league contest in a 5-4 comeback against Del Mar on March 19.

In the Del Mar victory, the Falcons came back from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to a tie the game before walking off.

Del Mar opened up the game scoring four runs in the first three innings and limiting the Falcons to nothing more than a few base hits. Coming into the game late, the boys scored its first two runs in the sixth inning and managed to pull off the upset scoring the three runs needed to win the game.

The early part of March was not as kind to the Falcons. They suffered a crushing 14-0 defeat against the Milpitas on March 12. This lopsided loss followed their 7-5 victory against the Trojans on March 9. The results were mostly set in stone during the third inning when Milpitas scored 10 runs. The team lost also 6-1 against Cupertino an away game on March 16.

However, the Falcons got revenge on Cupertino on March 17 with a shutout 2-0 home victory off of a great game from Yoshihara.

The Falcons are performing better at home than away. Yoshihara said that home field advantage is very real for the team.

“Playing at home is a big advantage to us. We are one of the only schools in our league that still has a natural playing surface as opposed to astroturf,” Yoshihara said. “We get to practice handling all of the challenges that come with our field and sometimes our opponents are unprepared.”

With a good start and a long road ahead of the team, Yoshihara is confident that the team will pick up more steam and charge forward.

“[We] are beginning to be able to slow the game down and make plays when they need to,” Yoshihara said. “We hope the upward trend continues in the coming weeks.”