By Ryan Nakamura
Photos by Stephanie Kim
The South Pas baseball team walked off in triumph after a dominant seven innings against the Salesian Mustangs with a final score of 6-2 on Thursday, March 12.
The Tigers wanted to bounce back after Tuesday’s loss against Polytechnic High School and the the Tigers did just that when junior Matthew Shults make it home with the help of teammate senior Hermes Ip for the first RBI of the day. However, the Mustangs returned a run of their own the second inning to stay with the Tigers.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth did the team counter back with senior Nic Ha reaching home, giving South Pasadena the lead. He would be accompanied by junior Connor Dolan making his way back home after a chopper RBI for senior Andrew Shults. Junior Brandon Louie then brought the score to 4-1 after getting Shults home by means of a safety squeeze.
The Mustangs were slow to react against the Tiger offensive and were only able to convert one other run in the fifth, leaving the door open for South Pas, who scored two additional runs over their opponents. Louie pitched the complete game and finished off the day for South Pas to claim their fourth victory of the season.
“It was a tough loss against Poly on Tuesday but I think we bounced back and Louie set the tone early pitching well on strikes,” Dolan said. “Our goal is to make CIF first and then secondly to win the Rio Hondo League title.”
The Tigers hope to finish off the Arcadia Elks Tournament on a high note this Saturday, time and place are to be announced.