By Chris McGuire
International High School brought its “A” game to Balboa Park Tuesday afternoon, as the Jaguars dispatched Drew School 10-0 behind solid pitching and aggressive defense.
Jaguars (1-1) starter Jordan Malik was very economical throwing only 53 pitches, 41 for strikes over 5 innings of work while allowing only two hits.
“I was just trying to stay calm and to throw strikes,” Malik said. “I have confidence in our [defense].”
Malik also walked three times and scored twice in the International lineup.
The Jaguars were lead offensively by center fielder Seth Matthews, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a triple, and defensively by left fielder Noah Morton who tracked down three blasts to left one a diving grab that was slicing away from him.
“We are still growing. We are a program on the rise,” said Internationl Head Coach Anthony Thomas. “We are getting better everyday, [we] just have to play it right. We are working hard to be competitive.”
The undermanned Dragons (0-2), have struggled in the preseason, losing their first two games by a combined score of 30-2.
“We are a small school with only eleven on our roster, there are probably four or five others who should be playing but they are committed to other sports,” said Drew Baseball Coach Carlos Reed. “It will be a challenge to develop our pitching. We did hit the ball hard today, unfortunately it was right at them”.