Season Review: Baseball

The baseball team led Bakersfield College through 7 innings ,but Bakersfield tied the game in the 8th inning and went ahead for the win in the 9th with a final score of 5-4 at Pierce College, in Woodland Hills, Calif. on April 27, 2017. Photo by: Debbie Donovan

After losing two of their last three games the baseball team finished on the left foot as they not only missed the chance to reach playoffs, but also the opportunity to win conference.

According to assistant coach, Jordan Burger, the Brahmas played greatly this season. Although that their goal was to take first place, they were satisfied by how good the team played.

“We ended up in second place in the conference. We came up a little short on our last game against Mission and lost that last game,” Burger said. “We would have been lead champions if we would have been able to win that game, but at the end of the day I thought it was a really good conference and a really good season.”

Head coach Bill Picketts expressed that at the beginning of the season there was not too many winnings, but he said it got better as the season continued.

“We started off the season real poorly. I think our record at one point was three and eleven. At that time I told the guys to just focus more on the conference and we ended up having a good conference.” Picketts said.

Brandon Lewis mentioned that if one of their key player pitchers was able to play in the conference, the Brahmas would have probably been able to take first place.

“Colten Snyder would have been a big part of our year, but unfortunately he got hurt at the beginning of the year and went down with a Tommy John surgery,” Lewis said.

According to Picketts, many of the players were able to make it into the conference this season.

“We had a lot of guys make the team all conference, so on the individual bases it was really good for them,” Picketts said. “Three of the guys made first team all conference, five of the guys made second team all conference and three of the guys made honorable mention. We had over ten guys make it to team all conference which is actually pretty good.”

Just like Picketts had mentioned, Burger said that the beginning of the season was rough on every one of the players, but they were able to overcome it and make it better.

“We went through some adversity at the beginning of the season and then we just found a way to turn it around and get rolling,” Burger said. “At the end we had the chance and we had the opportunity to try to make PO season and that is what this team did. They all did a great job especially bouncing back from the rough start we had.”

Lewis expressed that if it weren’t for a couple of mistakes here and there they would have been the champions.

“I think that that we should have executed better with runners and base position. I feel like we were too passive on balls that we should have hit, but that is not in our control anymore,” Lewis said. “All in all we came together as a team and made really big improvements and I am happy with the way it finished up.”