Baseball team set solid foundation

Luisa Sausedo

The baseball team at City College completed their 2016 season with a 15-18 overall record and a 10-14 record in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Although they didn’t do as well as hoped, the team and coaching staff will return next season with their 17 returning freshmen as well as some new recruits.

Manager Chris Brown is in his 16th season coaching at City College.

“I felt really good about this year,” said Brown. “I love this club that we have here and I don’t always say that. But the group of guys that we had this year had great team chemistry.”

Brown is optimistic about the next season because it won’t be a brand new team like it was this year.

Out of a starting line-up of nine players, seven were freshman and plan to return, which means great possibilities for the next season.

One of the more exciting moments that happened this year was at the end of a conference game between the Knights and the Mesa College Olympians on March 17.

Sophomore second baseman Lorenzo Martinez came up to bat with a runner on third, two outs, and game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Martinez hit a single into right field allowing the winning run to score. (The video clip of the hit can be viewed by searching “Lorenzo’s walk off” on YouTube.)

Brown proudly said that each one of the sophomores from this season will be continuing onto four-year universities to further their education and continue play baseball at the next level.