Boys Varsity Baseball Battles Till The End


Andrew Medina, Sports Editor

On Wednesday March 30 the South El Monte Varsity Baseball team had an away  league game against Marshall High School. The game started at 3:15 P.M. The Eagles had just lost their previous game to Gabrielino High School by a score of 1-0. In that game, the boys varsity baseball team set a school record for the longest baseball game played in school history as they played 13 innings.  The Eagles were ready and eager to go up against Marshall who was in first place in the MVL. 

The game started off great as both teams both scored 1 run in the 1st inning. South El Monte earned their run as freshman Armando Huizar got on base via a walk. Then, Freshman Ryan Leon laid down a beautiful bunt which led to an error from Marshall allowing South El Monte to get on the board early. 

Marshall earned their first run the exact same way. Their leadoff hitter did what he was supposed to as he had an 8 pitch at-bat which ended with him getting a base on balls. Their 2-hole hitter then laid down a decent bunt and the South El Monte pitcher sailed the throw way over the first basemen which allowed Marshall to tie the game at 1 a piece.

Marshall then took over in about the 3rd inning as they would score 3-runs which ended up helping them in the end. Those 3 runs came off of an error made by the South El Monte left fielder. South El Monte made multiple mental and physical errors which came back to bite them in the behind. 

After the game I caught up with Freshman Center Fielder, Armando Huizar to ask him what he thought about the game and how he felt his team did. His response was,”I feel like we did decent, you know we were in the game, cheering, and trying to motivate each other. But, we had way too many errors. Not only did we have physical errors, but we had mental errors as well which turned out to cost us the game.” He then added, “The day we start playing loose, and not make so many errors is the day we will be a championship caliber team. But until then, we will keep losing these close games that we deserve to win”.

The game ended after 7 innings with the win going to Marshall. The final score was 4-3. Although both teams fought long and hard, Marshall proved to be the better team as they came out on top.