Varsity baseball sends home disappointed Warriors

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Jessica Streich

The varsity boys baseball team jokes with their coach after defeating the Warriors 5-1. Players spirits were high after the win, continuing the Lancers’ winning record.

On Saturday, April 26, boys varsity baseball team faced the Fallbrook Warriors on a windy  morning. Senior David Gonzales was the starting pitcher for the Lancers and had only five hits against him: four strike outs and one run scored.

Fallbrook scored a run off a double, putting them first on the board. Gonzales however closed out the inning without allowing any more runs. Fallbrook’s starting pitcher Connor Stotz struggled early after loading the bases then walking a batter which gave the Lancers the tying run.

The score remained 1-1 through the second inning and at the bottom of the second with runners in scoring position Will Bjorstad hit a double and Kyle Mendenhall scored off that hit. Later sophomore Connor Mckenna hit a single and Bjorstad scored after a missed catch at second base.

The lancers took the 3-1 lead to the bottom of the fifth. Lead off hitter Alex Emerick and Mendenhall had a single each. This was followed by Matt Wezniak getting walked, leaving runners on first and second. Bjorstad laid down a bunt to which the warrior’s third baseman charged for, but overthrew the ball to first base allowing both Mendenhall and Wezniak to score. This gave the lancers the 5-1 lead which they held onto to finish the game. Junior Ethan Emery took over in the 7th inning to relieve Gonzales, and he finished the game off strong with one strikeout and no hits earned to seal the win.

“Oh it felt great out on the field today,” Ethan Emery said. “We swept Fallbrook this season and that’s always awesome.”

The lancers are now 16-5 this season, while in league play they are 5-1. They take on a series with Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns starting this Tuesday April 29th followed by La Costa Canyon and El Camino to finish the regular season before CIF playoffs begin.

“I’m really looking forward to try winning league and CIF this year,” Emery said. “We have been killing it the past few games so we just gotta keep the momentum rolling.”

Ranked 26th in the state, the Lancers certainly have the potential and the talent to pull off a CIF championship.

“We want this more than anything ever,” Junior Cody Norton said, “This our chance to take it all.”