By Jeremy Balan
PACIFICA — Valley Christian of San Jose gave the St. Ignatius baseball team every opportunity to get back into the game Saturday, but the Wildcats could not capitalize on their few opportunities in a 5-2 loss in West Catholic Athletic League play at Fairmont Park.
The Warriors (7-3, 4-0) had nine hits and opened up a 4-0 lead with two runs in both the second and third innings, but stranded 13 baserunners in the game, leaving the door open for the Wildcats (5-6, 1-3).
“We had our opportunities, but lucky enough for us, we cashed in on enough of them to score more runs than they did,” said Valley Christian coach John Diatte. “It’s a good start. The league is tough and the good part about it is that we’re almost done with our trips up to San Francsico.”
St. Ignatius got two runs back on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Krook and a hit by pitch, but only got their first hit in the fifth inning and finished with two in the game.
“We’ve been struggling at the plate and we did today more so than most,” said St. Ignatius coach Matt Stecher. “We the had bases loaded once, and got a couple in, but we needed more.”
While the Wildcats’ bats were silent most of the game, the St. Ignatius pitching staff was providing plenty of excitement, getting in and out of trouble throughout.
The Warriors put the ball in play and were aggressive on the basepaths, but utilized seven St. Ignatius walks the most. Four of Valley Christian’s five runs were scored by runners that reached base on walks.
“We’ve walked more today than we have in the past and they took advantage,” Stecher said. “We’ve been strong on the mound, but we struggled a little bit and we didn’t have the run support to back it up.”
With the recent rain throwing their rotation out of sync, the Wildcats chose not to start senior ace Collin Monsour, instead saving him for his normal spot in the rotation on Tuesday against Riordan.
Despite the relatively slow start to WCAL play, the Wildcats have only been outscored by eight runs in their three league losses, and Stecher is confident moving forward.
“It wasn’t all bad today, we just had a few things that didn’t go our way,” Stecher said. “We can compete with anyone in the league. If we wake up our bats, I think we can be a force.”
VC – Nicholas McGrew singles, Nicholas Diotalevi and Codie O’Connell score
VC – Bryson Brigman reaches on error, Luis Lerma scores
VC – Bryant Park grounds ou, Nicholas McFarland scores
SI – Matt Krook walks, Charlie Goldensohn scores
SI – Collin Monsour hit by pitch, Nick Johnson scores
VC – O’Connell singles, Diotalevi scores