Sports: Bears Defeat Woodside in First Baseball Game of the Season
For the 11 new players on this year’s varsity baseball team, their first game was their first taste of victory on the team, as the Bears beat the Wildcats 7-3 at home on Bettencourt field.
Neither team was able to score until the bottom of the 4th inning, where junior Colin Martell was pitched a balk, walking in junior Leo McCabe to home plate. Later, with two outs for the Bears, senior Matt LaDouceur walked in a run for junior Randy Lopez, bringing the score up to 2-0 in favor of the Bears.
At the top of the 6th, the Wildcats made a slight advance when one of Martell’s pitches hit the batter in the head, walking in one of their players to home and closing the gap, the Bears now only up by 1.
During the bottom of the 6th, the Bears really got their heads in the game. Seniors Matthew LaDouceur and James Kollar-Gasiewski each helped score a run by walking in juniors Paul DeTrempe and Brett Moriarty. Later, senior Charles Grose helped reign in 3 runs-batted-in by allowing LaDouceur to score on a passed ball and then hitting in Kollar-Gasiewski from 3rd base and Joos from 2nd.
At the top of the 7th, Woodside scored by walking in 2 players to home but were not able to get ahead of the Bears. The game ended with a victory for the Bears at 7-3.
Despite this victory, the Bears know they could have done better.
“A win is a win but we all got a little lazy at the end, walking the bases loaded and the pitcher hit a guy,” comments Grose, “We need to come out with more intensity, we were all a little flat, it’s the first game. We’ve got a lot of games left so we can improve a lot.”
The Bears are ready to clean up at practice to improve their performance at future games.
“I think it’s gonna be a good season,” explains Martell, “Hopefully we make it to CCS. As long as we can make it through league, that’s where I think we’re gonna see our best competition.”
One of the focal points of the team this year is re-building the team chemistry.
“We need to step it up with a little more intensity and definitely a whole lot more team camaraderie,” says head coach Mike Amoroso.
The team seems to be addressing this challenge well.
“Everyone’s good on this team,” says sophomore Matthew McGarry, “It’s a good family. I expect to have a good time and for M-A to win a lot of games.”
The Bears have their next home game this Friday, February 22nd, at Bettencourt field against San Mateo High School at 3:15 pm.