Baseball looks to qualify for CCS for third consecutive year

 Junior left fielder Savaun Brown prepares to swing at the ball pitched by Serra High School pitcher Ryan Sutter earlier this season. 

Junior left fielder Savaun Brown prepares to swing at the ball pitched by Serra High School pitcher Ryan Sutter earlier this season. 

The boys’ varsity baseball team is in the midst of a winning season. With a current record of 6-5-1 and standing fifth in the highly competitive PAL Bay Division, the team is confident that if they continue to improve they can qualify for CCS this year.

“Over the course of the season I think we've developed by working as a whole and moving forward as one,” junior outfielder Savaun Brown said. “Hitting was sort of shaky in the beginning, but now that we've been getting reps on our field, it's definitely starting to improve.”

The team may have a winning record, but the season hasn’t been perfect. The team has had a tougher time with private schools this season, losing to Serra and Sacred Heart Cathedral earlier in the season.

“The toughest opponents we’ve faced so far this year have probably been Serra and Palo Alto,” junior outfielder Tyler White said. “Moving forward, all them teams in our league will be tough matchups.”

The varsity baseball team has one of the tougher schedules, facing a variety of private and public schools. The boys play in the PAL Bay Division, the PAL’s top tier.

“Since we're in one of the toughest public school leagues on the peninsula, every game is going to be a fight,” Brown said.

Pitching has been especially strong this year, with a combined no-hitter by senior Paulie Ferrari, junior Carlo Lopiccolo, and junior Justin Beressi in their 12-0 victory over American early in the season, along with solid performances by juniors Carlo Lopiccolo and Justin Beressi and seniors Gray Goodman and Derek Flowers, to name a few.

“It’s really important for the pitchers to have trust in the guys behind them because they know that when the ball is hit, we will all make plays for them,” White said.

The makeup of the team has not changed much this year. The boys lost key seniors Alex Waldsmith (who now pitches for Santa Clara University) and Cooper Gindraux, but the current seniors have stepped up to fill those holes.

“I wouldn’t say the team has changed this year, but we know that we’re not going to stomp teams with our bats,” White said. “We rely heavily on our defense, pitching, and base running. We’re confident that our defense will remain solid to seal close games as victories.”

One of the biggest focuses of varsity baseball this year is team chemistry.

“Team chemistry is huge for us,” White said. “Being close with all the guys and coaches is important for us because we know if one of us makes a mistake, the guy behind you will pick you up.”

Over the course of the season, many of the boys can attribute part of their success to working together as a team.

“We've for sure grown closer together,” Brown said. “We have a lot of faith in each other. We all have each other's backs.”

Posted on April 21, 2017 .