Baseball Falls to Beckman

Kiel Messinger, Staff Writer 

Senior Brad Hodges at bat. Hodges has pitched 25 innings this season, with 28 strikeouts. (J. So)

Baseball continued their struggles offensively with a  0-10 defeat against Beckman, who is currently ranked 10th the county. The game marks the team’s fourth consecutive loss, putting them in last place in the Pacific Coast League through five games.
“Beckman is a powerhouse and we knew that. We let them slip through in the first inning and it just the hit the fan after that,” senior Colt Augustus said.
The game got off to a poor start, with the Trojans down eight runs in the fourth inning, largely due to a six-run second inning from Beckman.
“We get off to a bad start early off and Beckman did a good job of holding our offense to a zero score. A couple missed spots on the mound by out starter led to a Beckman rally and they did well capitalizing on some mistakes early on,” senior Jose Rodriguez said.
The team’s starter on the mound was freshman Calvin Euper for his first Varsity start, which was an interesting move given Beckman’s capabilities.
“[Euper] did very well in the first inning, giving up only one run. Considering it was his first Varsity start, it was quite impressive,” sophomore Alex Qu said.
Though it was not the teams best performance, there were some positives to take from the game.
“Defensively, it was the best game we’ve played all season… We limited the errors,” sophomore Noah Sperling said.
The team also has a lot to take from this game to improve for the rest of the season.
“We need to do a better job of hitting the ball in play and forcing the opposing team to make plays in the game,” Sperling said.
This was evident in the teams one hit throughout the game. The team also has to improve on mentality when losing.
“Unfortunately we took ourselves out of the game once we were going down in the bottom of the first, and it just spiraled from there. It’s something that we need to get better at as a team and we’ll get there. We just all need to be on the same page,” Sperling said.