The baseball teams for SLV are right at the beginning of the season. The JV and Varsity teams are both strong going into league play. Although our home baseball field has been unavailable for use due to rain damage, the players have spent their share of time in the cages and on the JV softball field to get their preseason practices in.
Although the field is not currently ready for games, Friday, March 17th is the scheduled first home game of the season. And baseball seniors Ian Blair, Tanner Murray, J
ack Gentry, Jackson Turner, John Bowman, Adam Peters and Matt Robustelli are surely excited for their last home opener of cougar baseball. For the JV baseball team coached by Charlie Progress and Steve Lang, they will be led by sophomores Garrett Fisher, Jacob Auldridge, Reece Castagna, CJ Lang, Aidan Callahan, Connor Wilson, Trevor Cambron, and Stevie Markey. The JV team is compiled with underclassmen including not only sophomores but also a very talented class of freshman that will surely leave their mark on the cougar baseball program. The JV team has played 5 games so far in out of league play. They started with a win the first game of the season against Los Altos. And with all the promising young talent on the roster, the future looks good for this team.
As for the Varsity team, the upperclassman including juniors and seniors are coming back after a 2016 co S
CCAL championship season. They have strong pitching with senior arm Matt Robustelli and catcher Jack Gentry behind the plate. The infield will be led by senior shortstop Tanner Murray and outfielders Adam Peters and Ian Blair. Juniors
Mark Carling and Trent Walker are also pitchers for the cougars and will be lending their talents to the team this season as well. Tyler Goedeck, Scotty Macool, Justin Rudrow and Zane Saunders will also be contributors to this year’s varsity team. But first, we just hope that even with all the rain, the cougar baseball field will be back to business hosting home games for the upcoming year. And we wish both teams good luck this season.
By Madison Reger