Week in review: baseball loses in final of JSerra Classic tournament

Claire Conner and Andrew Park

This week, the baseball team played four games in the JSerra Classic tournament and now has a 7-3 record after a three-game win streak followed by a loss in the tournament final Friday. 

7-1 victory over Bishop Amat High School on April 6. 

In the game against Bishop Amat, neither team scored until the fourth inning, when Bishop Amat brought in one run. The Wolverines then scored seven unanswered runs throughout the final three innings in an assertive victory that boosted the team’s momentum after two consecutive losses. 

6-4 win against JSerra High School on April 7. 

The next day, a win against JSerra marked the second time the Wolverines beat the No. 1 team on The Los Angeles Times’ preseason top 25 prep baseball ranking; both of these games were competitive and close, giving the No. 2 ranked team an opportunity to showcase their grit in tough competitions. 

The Wolverines played from behind for nearly the entire game. Until the top of the fifth inning, the team was down 4-0. However, with two outs, the squad was able to string together a collection of hits to score 5 runs. This rally was started by William Gasparino ’23 who had a hit that brought in two runs. Jordan Kang ’22 and Bennett Markinson ’21 would follow up by each having an RBI hit that inning. 

Entering the sixth inning up by one, George Cooper ’21 gave the team an insurance run by hitting an RBI double. All six of Harvard-Westlake’s runs were scored with two outs. 

David Lozano ’23 pitched the last two and two-thirds innings and kept JSerra scoreless to finish and win the game. 

4-2 win against JSerra High School on April 8. 

The squad’s comeback and ability to score six runs in two innings against a top-ranking team solidified an upward trend for the team that was carried into yesterday’s victory over Mira Costa High School. 

Mira Costa scored two runs in the second inning without a response from the Wolverines, until the sixth inning, when the squad brought in four runs. Once again, the team relied on a strong performance at the end of the game. 

9-5 finals loss against Orange Lutheran High School April 9.

The squad’s loss to No. 4 ranked Orange Lutheran was its second time being defeated by the Lancers this season and ended its three-game win streak.