Baseball Team Swings for the Fences

Brian Tan

Coming off a very impressive season and an NCS title, the baseball team hopes to continue their winning ways this season.

Last year’s team beat El Cerrito in the NCS final in 15 long innings. After 14 scoreless endings and a suspended game, they scored three runs and won by the final score of 3-0.

The team has lost star pitcher Raul Jacobson ‘10, but is unfazed by the daunting task ahead of them – a 3-peat NCS championship.  

Last year, the team started off strong but finished slow. They ended the regular season with a final league record of 7-5, and 18-6 overall, behind Campolindo.

The team still earned the number one seed in the playoffs because Campolindo moved up to Division II.

This year’s team will be spearheaded by star pitcher Spencer Marx ‘12, shortstop Drew Jackson ‘12, and captains Tyler Davis ‘11 and Peter James ‘11.  

“Even though we lost Raul, we will still have a solid rotation of pitchers, and I think we will have better hitting than last year,” said infielder Trevor Lundquist ‘11.  

Other pitchers include James, Kyle Miller ‘11 and Chris Worthington ‘11.  

As the key to any sports team, chemistry is a major factor in this team.  “I think we’re the coolest and chillest team at Miramonte,” said Lundquist.  “We have great team camaraderie.  We joke around a lot, but don’t get me wrong, we take winning very seriously.”

All team members are good friends and spend a lot of time together.  The whole team goes out for dinner together every Wednesday night.  

After a four game win streak, the team has a barbecue at Coach Vince Dell’Aquila’s house.  Their fun-loving nature and humor will likely translate into chemistry and success on the diamond.  

The team is returning most starters from last year’s team and look to repeat their NCS championship run.  The team’s first scrimmage of the year was against De La Salle.  Jackson hit a 3-run homer that cleared the left field fence.  The team won by the final score of 4-1.  

The team will participate in a preseason tournament in Fort Bragg during April 28-30, which they are determined to win.  

Last year, the team was favored to win but came up short.  This year, they are poised to assert their dominance and return victorious.  

Baseball teams at Miramonte have had a tradition of excellence, and this year’s team will build on the experience from previous years, and benefit from good coaching from Dell’ Aquila and Sal Vaccaro.  

“We’re making a run for the ‘Winningest team at Miramonte,’ but we have some tough competition against rivals like Campolindo,” said Lundquist.

On March 3, the team defeated Skyline 17-1. James started the game and Miller closed it out.