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Baseball loses its first league game against Los Altos

Baseball lost to Los Altos, 4-2, Thursday, March 15, bringing its league record to 0-1, in a home game.

The Mustangs did not score in the first three innings. In the first inning, the Conquerors scored a three-run home run off pitcher junior Manny Casillas. A third inning hit to center field by the Conquerors brought in another runner, putting the Mustangs behind at 0-4.

“Personally, I was nervous because it was our first league game, and we definitely wanted to get a win,” pitcher freshman Sean Matsubara said. “There was some excitement in me because we are a solid team defensively, and I had confidence in my team overall.”

In the fourth inning, Walnut prevented runs from Los Altos by quickly getting three Los Altos players out. Outfielder sophomore Manny Salinas dove to catch a line drive hit down center field. Salinas’ catch was the Mustangs’ second out of that inning. Walnut scored its first run off a hit down right field that brought Casillas back home, ending the fourth inning 1-4.

“We went into this game wanting to play the best we could. We had good pitching, good bunt coverages,” senior pitcher Alex Renderos sais. “But, we struggled with our at-bats. We had too many strikes and strikeouts looking. Our infielders had to shift and watch out for the outside corners to adjust to [Los Altos].”

A double play in the sixth inning by infielder junior Eric Amaya, infielder senior James Arakawa and Casillas, followed by a strikeout by Renderos led to three outs and brought the Mustangs back up to bat. After the Mustangs’ first out, Matsubara hit a solo home run off a fastball. The Mustangs and Conquerors were both unsuccessful in attempts to score runs in the seventh inning, ending the game 2-4.

“We lose our games when our energy is down,” Salinas said. “When our energy is up we’re good, it’s the thing we need to work on. Just keeping up our energy the whole game, no matter what the score is. Toward the end, we picked up our [intensity] and got a couple hits in and then [we] were back in the game. To sum it up, we played good baseball.”

By Bhalpriya Sandhu, Sports Editor
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez