Varsity Baseball Wrap Up


A player takes a big swing.

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor

The BCCHS Varsity Baseball Team had a strong season with a lot of big wins against tough opponents. The team had a great start to the season with a 2-1 victory in an intense home game against Calabasas. The Patriots also played tough teams like Chatsworth, Cleveland and El Camino along with several games against their rivals, Taft.  Our Patriots absorbed two tough losses each against Chatsworth and El Camino, but beat Cleveland and Taft.

Beating Cleveland was a big accomplishment for the team because Cleveland had an incredible 27-5 record (two of those losses because of Birmingham) in the regular season and that made them a tough opponent. The second game Birmingham won 7-6 with a walk-off RBI by catcher Ryan Mendoza–which helped show how he earned his scholarship to CSULB. Birmingham played Taft towards the end of the season and were well prepared, beating them in the first game 9-0 and beating them the second game 4-2. These victories must have been especially sweet due to the fact that the Patriots beat their rivals twice. The team finished their season with an overall record of 18-10 and a league record of 6-4.

Due to the team’s overall and league records, they were able to make playoffs and had their first playoff game against Taft on Tuesday, May 17. The Patriots beat Taft 7-6 in a very close game due to Taft’s four run rally in the 7th inning but it wasn’t enough. After beating Taft, the team had their next playoff game against Venice at home which they won(in extra innings) 10-9. Unfortunately, the team fell short in their city semifinal playoff game against El Camino, ending with a 3-1 loss and were thus eliminated from playoffs. However, the team had a spectacular season and will look to improve so they do even better next year!