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High hopes for varsity baseball in league games

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(Left to Right) Daniel Rodriguez (12), Anthony Iorio (12), Issac Villa (12), Bryan Bolanos (12), (Front Row) Coach Scott Cornell

(Left to Right) Daniel Rodriguez (12), Anthony Iorio (12), Issac Villa (12), Bryan Bolanos (12), (Front Row) Coach Scott Cornell

(Left to Right) Daniel Rodriguez (12), Anthony Iorio (12), Issac Villa (12), Bryan Bolanos (12), (Front Row) Coach Scott Cornell

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With a great start into league crushing Sultana 7-3, Serrano varsity baseball is looking for our third consecutive MRL title. Before league while playing in the San Gorgonio tournament, Head Coach Knowlton said, “we are playing good baseball now and hopefully we can carry that into league.”
The Diamondbacks are 2-2 in league and looking to keep working and get first. First baseman Dylan Madole (11) said, “I think we will do very well in league this year. We are playing really good baseball right now and I know we can keep it going throughout.”
The schedule for league games this year is different from previous years. The 2016 season ended in an unexpected MRL three way tie; Oak Hills, Serrano, and Sultana all tied for first place. This year the teams are scheduled to play each other three times to greatly decrease the chances of a tie.
Serrano’s second league game against Oak Hills devastatingly ended in a loss. We let the bad plays get to our head and it ended up costing the game. Sustained wind of 30+ MPH did not help out at all. Shortstop Adam Anderson (11) commented on the game saying, “It was like playing in a tornado.”
Our third game at Burroughs we lost 2-0. The umpires weren’t good at all, many scoring opportunities came, but we couldn’t get the bat on the ball.
During Oak and Burroughs we did not play to our full potential. We are a team that can and has proven to be able to come back from a deficit, but unfortunately we could not make it happen during these games.
In order to have a successful team, players must have good chemistry. The bond a baseball team has is unbreakable. When players get along with and understand their teammates, they connect better and in the end play better baseball. This team shows great chemistry.
“I can tell you guys want to be here and want to win,” said Coach Knowlton. “That’s a crucial aspect to a good baseball team.”
Returning varsity center fielder Issac Villa (12) said, “this year’s team is more motivated to win and always up and cheering on their teammates, rather than last’s year team which wasn’t so alive during our games and wasn’t as hungry to win.”
The players standing next to you aren’t just your teammates, but they are your brothers. “The bond this team has is better than any team I have ever been on” said shortstop/pitcher Carson Phillips (11). It’s crucial to have this connection because that’s how games are won.
Villa explains, “It’s good to have good connections with everyone on the team because it creates a bond throughout the whole team and when their teammate is down it’s the friendship that picks them right back up and focus on the next play.”
Coach Knowlton has always emphasized learning from your mistakes when an error is made, and to move on to the next play better than before. Coach Knowlton said, “Hanging your head does nothing for you. You learn from it and make the play next time.”
Carson Phillips (12) threw a seven inning shutout with only one hit against Hesperia to win 8-0. “It felt really good to be able to get a win for the team when we needed one,” Phillips commented, “I wouldn’t have been able to without the guys backing me up.”

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