Varsity baseball loses to West Covina

Varsity baseball lost to West Covina 1-2 Thursday, April 21 at home.

In its first game against the Bulldogs this season, the Mustangs won 4-3. In its second game against them, the Mustangs lost 2-3.

“My mentality going into the game was to stay calm. I don’t really think too much,” infielder senior Brennan Mckenzie said. “We played against [West Covina] last year and this year. I thought they were alright. They’re a solid team, but sneaky. Obviously, we had to play smoother and play better at bats to beat them.”

For the first four innings of the game, neither of the teams was able to score any runs. In the fifth inning, West Covina managed to score one run right before its final out.

Within the second half of the same inning, Walnut managed to return to a tie when outfielder and catcher junior Dylan Zavala ran home, after two consecutive hits from outfielder and designated hitter senior Quinn Cooper and outfielder junior Josh Carnighan.

“It was a team effort. We all have to contribute little by little. One gets home base, the other moves him over and we just end up scoring somehow,” Zavala said. “That’s just how we score runs, but we didn’t do too well of it yesterday. We should have scored more than [West Covina].”

During the sixth inning, West Covina hit three ground balls that were immediately caught and thrown to Mckenzie, who got each of the runners out. However, the score still remained tied throughout the last two innings, leading to an overtime. Nobody scored during the first overtime inning, but in the first half of the second overtime inning, West Covina scored another run. The Mustangs were not able to tie the score within the final inning, ending the game 1-2.

“We were really struggling with the hitting this game. We need the guys to get on and cash [runners] in. We need people to get a base hit once one guy gets on first. You want to move him to second and third. Then, if anything, we get another hit, score a run and keep manufacturing like that. Consistently hitting the ball hard is what we want to do, [but] baseball is a tough game,” pitcher senior Christian Longoria said. “Once we start manufacturing those runs, and we put everything together, like the defense, the pitching and the hitting, we’re going to be pretty hard to beat.”

By Kevin Arifin, Staff writer

Photo by Austin Lam