May 20, 2009 > FC; CSD baseball move onto NCS
FC; CSD baseball move onto NCS
By Biff Jones
Last Tuesday, May 12, Fremont Christian Warriors and California School for the Deaf, Eagles met at CSD for the Bay County League baseball playoff championship. FC came into the BCL post-season tournament as the number one seed while CSD was the number two seed. Both teams had blow out victories in BCL round one the previous week and FC had beaten CSD handily three times during the regular season.
However, this championship game would prove to be different. CSD scored first in the top of the second inning when junior pitcher Zac Kohler led off with a walk followed by singles from senior second baseman Kevin Carpenter and senior shortstop Shane Nevins. Meanwhile, the Eagles had their running shoes on and proceeded to steal bases which caused FC to make enough errant throws to score all three base runners. All this was done around six strikeouts by Warriors senior pitcher Josh Bailey. He struck out the first three hitters in the first inning and the last three hitters in the second.
FC would answer with one in the bottom of the second on three walks and a hit batsman. They added two more in the bottom of the third when junior catcher Kainoa Cabus was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, followed by a double by Bailey and an RBI single from freshman third baseman Keikilani Cabus to tie the score at three.
After the third inning, things got ugly for the Eagles as they committed four errors in the fourth that led to four Warriors' runs and two more in the fifth leading to three more runs for FC. Eagles did manage to add one run each in their half of the fifth and sixth innings to make the final score a respectable, 10-5.
Leading hitter for FC was junior shortstop Jay Haas with a double and a single; and for CSD it was senior right fielder Ronnie Cuartero with two singles. Bailey had 10 strikeouts and gave up just one walk over five innings of work for the Warriors. Kohler had three strikeouts and gave up five walks for CSD.
Both teams were awarded North Coast Section, Division VI positions - Fremont Christian as a #4 seed; CSD earned an at-large bid as the #8 seed - and both begin play on Wednesday, May 20. CSD travels to #1 seed, St. Bernard Catholic, for a 5 p.m. first pitch; Fremont Christian will host #5 seed Rincon Valley Christian, also at 5.