By Declan Chin
Baseball bounced back from its first loss this Thursday, March 10, with a 6-2 win over Hamilton on the road. South Pas now improves to a 5-1 record.
Hoping to avoid another defeat, the Tigers came out with great intensity. Sophomore Matt Walker drew first blood for the Tigers, bunting in junior Kevin Park to take a 1-0 lead in the first. The South Pas defense played exceptionally, always making the necessary plays to hold onto the lead. Sophomore Jackson Totleben pitched a clean opening to the game. Unfortunately, Hamilton would come back with a run of their own in the third inning to tie the game.
The Tiger brought in Sophomore Isaac Luevano to replace Totleben. Luevano looked strong striking out several batters, never allowing the opposing team to rally their offense.
In the fifth inning, Hamilton chose to bring in a reliever to replace their tiring starter. This would immediately be punished with a two-run home run from senior Brandon Louie on his first pitch. This hit inspired the team to continue its pressure. Park followed with a double, then quickly stole third base. Sophomore Zach Howorth drove park in with a hard single. The Tigers would score two more runs to round out the inning with a score of 6-1.
Hamilton would score a consolation run in the seventh, leaving the game 6-2.
“I think we played well,” senior Connor Dolan said. “Our pitchers threw a lot of strikes, we got our defense into the game early, and our offense was good when we needed it.”
Next up for the Tigers will be Pasadena at home on Saturday, March 12.