The season might have come to a close on Tuesday for the Turlock Christian High baseball team in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-VII playoffs, but the future is looking as bright as ever according to head coach Bill York who is losing just two seniors heading into next season.
Following a first-round playoff win over Foresthill, TC had a 13-3 loss to No. 1 Alpha Charter on Friday. A loss to No. 2 Woodland Christian in the consolation bracket in a wild, 8-7, game ended the Eagles’ season.
“I have always had confidence in this team and what we did in that sixth inning, putting up six, we have that potential in every game of the year, didn’t matter if we were down, we were in every single game because that is how talented we are,” said York.
TC is very talented, with at least eight players hitting over .300 for the season. As a team, they batted .344 in 24 games, according to Maxpreps.com.
“I am proud of our guys for battling and always staying in the game, even if it looked a little lopsided at times. Our guys always stayed in the game, even tempered and just stayed in every ball game. I am proud of them,” said York.
Things didn’t look well for TC early on.
WC took a 1-0 lead after the first, then went up 3-0 in the second and 6-1 by the bottom of the third against TC starter Liam Jones.
Jones went on to pitch 4 and ⅓ innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs scored in the process.
By the bottom of the fifth, Micah Blomenkamp was in for Jones on the mound and the score read 7-1.
Julian Espinoza drove in the first run for the Eagles in the top of the third when he hit an RBI double.
They were held scoreless until the sixth inning, when they went off and notched six runs.
It started off with an Espinoza single then Blomenkamp leveled a two-run homer over the left field wall to cut the lead to 7-3.
Howie Skinner hit an RBI single to make it 7-4 with one out.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Ryan Leonesio stepped up to the plate as the go-ahead run.
On the third pitch, Leonesio smacked a chopper to the second baseman who mishandled it and was charged with an error, while three runs scored during the play since Leonesio was caught in a pickle and the score was tied at 7-7 after a wild inning.
WC capitalized on having bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and notched the eighth run on an RBI single from winning pitcher Drew Stapleton.
TC closes out the year with an overall record of 13-13.
Last year TC was 20-4 for the year.
They lose just two seniors heading into next season.
“I am excited we are only losing the two seniors, and this experience is for the young guys, we know we are talented and this should leave a bitter taste in their mouths and I think this season will be a really good experience, especially for our juniors since we have some talented juniors, so I am excited,” said York.