The South Pas Tigers were in high hopes going off to visit Temple City last Wednesday but ended up a 4-3 loss to the Rams.
With both teams slow to start, the atmosphere of the game was at a standstill with neither side completely ready in the first two innings. It was South Pas made the first impact after an RBI from senior Matthew Park brought home sophomore Kyle Ninomiya to score the first run of the day.
Although the Tigers racked up a run, Temple City emerged out on offense and struck back with two men reaching home, one on a wild pitch. Temple City kept the outfield littered with baseballs in the fourth inning, bringing the score to 4-1.
South Pas senior Andrew Shults scored in the fifth inning, but the team still ran into trouble trying to getting past the Temple City defense. The Tigers gave one final push in the seventh inning with Shults leading the charge, but fell short with a final total of 4-3 and now hold a 1-3 record in league. Critical errors with the Rams in scoring position led to Temple City’s victory over South Pas.
“I feel like we need to keep the intensity up for the whole game and we have work to do defensively if we want to compete for a CIF spot,” Junior Connor Dolan stated. “We can [still] compete with all the teams in our league and we’re excited to get into the second round of league play next week.”
The Tigers will be facing Mark Keppel High School in a nonconference matchup at home on April 11 at 11:00 a.m. The team will come back to league at home against Monrovia High School on April 14.