Baseball: Fast start to season provides team with optimism

The baseball team is off to a stellar start this season, with a record of 7-2 with the two losses being to non-regional opponents (Damascus and Rockville, ranked #26 and #103, respectively in Maryland).  In the most recent ranking update, Wootton moved up seven places to #49 in the state.
Junior David Aharon is pleased with how the team has been playing. “The season is going extremely well. We have already eclipsed the amount of wins our varsity team had last year and we don’t plan to stop. The pitchers are pitching great, and our lineup has produced timely hits through the season.”
On Apr. 3, the team played Quince Orchard in a nail biter, with a final score of 6-5. The game required extra innings, but in the bottom of the ninth the team was able to pull away from the #25-ranked Cougars team. Sophomore Niko Jones had a strong performance with a home run and a triple. Junior Gabe Pollock also helped pace the team with two singles and an RBI.
The team had a dominant performance over Gaithersburg on Apr. 5 with a final score of 7-2. Junior Jeremy Goldstein had two hits with two RBIs in addition to a run of his own. Both sophomore Harrison Cance and junior Chris West had two runs on one hit and two hits, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Mariani hit a triple in addition to one run and one RBI.
After dropping a tough loss to Damascus 10-6 on Apr. 8, the team came back to beat Walter Johnson 5-4 on Apr. 10 in another close game. Mariani and West led the team in hits, both with two. In addition to that, they each had a run and an RBI.
On Apr. 19 the team went to Kennedy swinging for the fences, dominating the Kennedy team 16-2. The team was led by West, who had a total of two runs, two hits and a massive four RBIs. Pollack and Goldstein each contributed two runs, two hits and one RBI. Senior Anthony Vondas added to the tally with a pair of runs, two hits and two RBIs. The team batted an extraordinary .429 against Kennedy and forced them into a mercy rule after only five innings.
With the entire team playing exceptionally in the past weeks, there are many reasons for the players to be proud of their team. “I’m proud of our team because we work hard, we work together, we keep morale high, but most importantly we are able to win games,” junior Nick Siegal said.
The team played a home game against Einstein on Apr. 21 and at Clarksburg on Apr. 25, both too late to be covered in ths issue. The team hopes to continue their winning season and has their eyes on the playoffs.

Jason Silverman

Back Page Editor

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