Baseball looks to knock down Knights, pick up second win in a row

Ajay Branch and Kola Akinnibi

Baseball, weather permitting, look to terminate the Wheaton Knights as they will attempt to go to war this afternoon. The team is coming off of a triumphant first victory of the season against the Kennedy Cavaliers, and look to capitalize off of this win.

Watkins Mill baseball added their first win March 25, when they tussled with the John F. Kennedy Cavaliers. The Mill was dominating throughout the game until the last couple innings, shortly losing their touch, but soon regained their strength scoring three more runs to secure their win. Junior pitcher/infielder Lucas Richards added two home runs during the game, helping secure a ‘Rines victory.

“We went in with a good attitude and left with good attitude,” senior infielder Jan-Carlos Sandavol said. The game “went pretty smooth, I think it’s the best game we’ve played. We were sound defensively and sound offensively,” Sandoval added.

Senior infielder Daniel Suarez believes that Richards’ two home runs are what helped give the team the boost they needed. “That [sparked] the whole thing, got everybody pumped. Everyone was hitting well after that, we all just pulled through,” Suarez said.

The Wolverines were defeated by the Clarksburg Coyotes on March 24. The Wolverines made some errors when facing the Coyotes, allowing 18 runs in the game but looked to fix them in practice before they faced Kennedy. “We took a beating,” Suarez said. “There was not that much talking like… it was dry. We weren’t hitting the ball as [well].”

“I think we went in with empty heads, without motivation,” Sandavol added. The team also learned something from this hard fought loss: “just keep our heads up, and even though we lost there’s still a chance to win the next time,” Sandoval said.

‘Rines baseball looked to tame the Walter Johnson Wildcats on their season opener March 21. The team started off a little shaky, letting the Wildcats score ten runs in the first inning. They soon brought themselves together, fixing their mistakes and making plays.

Richards put the team in a good position when he hit his first home run of the season and junior catcher Kevin Finn contributed two RBIs for the squad. Sadly, their efforts were not enough, and the team lost 8-14.

“We just need more communication on the field, we [have] to practice more hitting and fielding,” Richards said.

The team recognizes their mistakes from the first three games of the season, and look to improve on them to pick up their second win in a row today against the Wheaton Knights. The game is scheduled for today at home, at 3:45, so come out and support our ‘Rines to victory!


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