Boys’ baseball ends season with three victories despite hardships

June 5, 2008 — by Lyka Sethi

After a season full of hardships, from injuries to close losses to not qualifying for CCS, the team looked at the 2008 season as a definite learning experience. Despite struggling through most of the season, the boys ended well, winning their last three games.

The highlights of their season included defeating Monta Vista and Lynbrook by astounding scores of 13-1 and 17-2, respectively. However, they still ended with a mediocre league record of 6-9.

The boys attributed their rough season to crippling injuries and mental errors.

“We had some bad injuries and we just didn’t field well or hit in key situations,” said senior infielder and pitcher Blake Paisley.

The team suffered a huge loss when senior pitcher and first baseman Myles Hornberger broke his humorus and dislocated his shoulder, preventing him from joining the team for the rest of the season.

“Our season basically ended when Myles hurt his arm,” said senior catcher and designated hitter Matt Keating. “We didn’t fall apart but it got harder. We played hard and didn’t give up, but we knew [CCS] just wasn’t going to happen.”

The team members are optimistic about the next season, hoping to improve their skills and teamwork.

“We have a lot of talent returning next year,” said sophomore outfielder Grant Thomas. “The first five batters in order are coming back so it should be a good season.”

According to junior outfielder Justin El-Diwany, the team needs to “replace the seniors that are leaving so [they] can get [their] heads back in the game and work on [their] fundamentals.”

Paisley added, “I think [the team] will do well next year. They have a lot of key players, and they should make CCS.”