Baseball looks to build on success

CHATSWORTH — The Sierra Canyon baseball team is looking to win the Gold Coast League championship and make a deep run in the Div. 2 playoffs.

The season has got off to an uneven start with the team sitting at 7-7-1 overall. The bright side is a good 4-1-1 record in league play.

The line-up is starting to come around with more hits and scoring opportunities. Josh Reiter, Aaron Gutierrez, Zach Freeman, Corey Jones, Ryan Mittelman, Max Nahmias, Luca Rubin, Jaden Noot, Anthony Ciccarelli and Shane McClendon are all showing signs of life at the plate.

In Fact, Freeman clubbed a three-run home run to deep right field in a recent game against Arcadia.

The Trailblazers have three wins this year while scoring only two runs. A good sign it can win the close ones. The Trailblazers knocked off Burroughs and Chatsworth 2-1 in eight innings each and shut out Campbell Hall 2-0.

New head coach Jerry Royster is excited about the team coming together and for the future with some outstanding freshman. Noot is a star in the making on the pitching mound and expectations are high for Kassius Thomas and Lawrence Bonner

The team also hopes to get back Penn St. commit soph. Patrick DeMarco late in the year. DeMarco is nursing a shoulder/elbow injury.

The team plays in the Pride Classic tournament against teams from Arizona, Colorado and Oregon during spring break before returning home to close out league competition with Windward, Brentwood and Crossroads.

There are also some make-up tournament and nonleague games sprinkled in with Tustin on April 5, Moorpark and La Mirada.

See you at the ball field. Come on out to beautiful M.J. Siegel stadium located at the Sierra Canyon Sports Complex easily accessible from the corner of DeSoto Ave. and Rinaldi.