Baseball team returns from Ariz.

Fernando Ramirez

The Knights baseball team had about 70 players try-out at the start of winter, but unfortunately they only had 20 roster spots. Coach Chris Brown is very excited and happy with this year’s results.Strolling around Morley Field with the smell of fresh cut grass, a whistling noise, and people with cracker jacks in their hands can only mean one thing … it must be the 2013 City Knights Baseball season.

The 2013 Knights baseball season has just started and the team is off to a 3-5 record, but have been picking it up. They have had some very close games, but have not been in the Knights favor. Close games can be a good learning tool for his team and that it will help them learn how to come up on top in those kinds of games.

“The other coaches and myself are very excited to have these 20 guys on the roster. They are very talented and are very, very hungry to win which only makes it better,” said Brown. This year’s squad has an even number of sophomores and freshman. “We have an even number this year which is perfect because the sophomore players have been here and know what we expect from them,” Brown explained. “So if the freshman need a little push we know our veteran sophomore players will help them get through it.”

The pitching rotation looks great this year which features sophomores Mark Vasquez from Grossmont High, Brent Daugherty from Hellgate High (in Mont.), and Andrew MacMahon from Escondido High. This year all ten of the team’s sophomores are either transferring to universities to play ball or trying to get drafted by a MLB team.

“That’s why they play this game so they can move on and play at a university and hopefully one day play in the big leagues,” Brown continued about the prospects of his players moving on. “I feel like all 10 sophomores have a chance to do either. We have a great group of guys. Next year I will be saying the same thing about the next group of sophomores I have.”

The team looks ready to go and will be fighting to try and get his second championship in four years. He won a previous championship in 2010 and said this season started a lot like that one, with games lost in the beginning but a chance to get things together and perhaps win everything in the end. There is a sense of confidence in the team’s season and hopes that more fans will come to the games and cheer them on. A complete schedule of games can be found on the City College website at sdcity.edu/CampusLife/Athletics/Baseball.