Baseball Team Perseveres Through Long Season

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Andrew Thompson

Teagan Gonzales bats against Rio Vista on March 10, which the falcons lost 3-0.

The VCHS varsity baseball team is currently 2nd place in the Sierra Delta League with a record of 7-6 and while they have faced many losses so far, they continue to persevere. 

The team, coached by Mr. Clint Motta and assisted by Mr. Andrew Wilson, started off strong with a win against Bethel, but lost the next three games against Dixon and Woodland Christian.

“We have some problems focusing on the game and the little things, like winning the inning that we are in and not worrying about the score,” freshman Evan Varty said.

At their first two league games against Rio Vista, the Falcons had a comeback, winning 11-0 on March 8 at their away game, but later lost 3-0 on March 10 at their home game. Their next two games were against Linden on March 15, which they lost 5-0 and on March 17, which they also lost 4-3.

“The attitude of the team has had a significant effect on our performance at games and practices. That might be the most significant influence on our success as of right now,” sophomore Bryce Linton said.

Junior Steven Dingman leads the team with a batting average of 0.528 and he is followed by senior John Elliot, who has a batting average of 0.378. Overall, the team’s batting average is 0.276, which is below the national average of 0.277. However, their number of plate appearances (a count of how many times a player faces the pitcher in the batting box) greatly exceeds the national average of 242 by 191. 

“I have gained more relationships with my teammates and coaches which is why I love playing VCS baseball. I believe that we have a good chance of making it to sections and winning league, because our team has quite a few very good players and they play well together,” Dingman said. 

The next pair of games against Esparto resulted in a win 27-3 on March 22 and another win two days later 6-0. Towards the tail end of March, they competed against Highlands and won on March 29 15-1 and won on the 31st 13-0. At their first game against San Juan on April 5, the Falcons won 15-0.