On Monday, March 6th, the baseball team on Lake Ave. left school around 2:30 pm to travel to St. Paul’s for their first baseball game. At St. Paul’s, both teams competed in five and a half innings before it got too dark.
Even though the senior-led baseball team at Boys’ Latin is in the MIAA B conference, they beat archrival St. Paul’s 14-1 who is in the MIAA A conference.
Senior pitcher Zach Grace started the game and threw a total of 50 pitches while only allowing one run and two hits. On the offensive side, senior catcher Matt Purnell led the team in hits with three and three RBIs.
The B conference Lakers were not intimidated at all by the A conference Crusaders.
“We definitely played well. We went into the game very confident, which was different than we had done in previous years,” said senior Captain Mark Lopez.
“When playing A conference teams, it is easy to go into the game timid and a little nervous. However, after winning the B conference and having a lot of guys return, we played hungry and with a swagger that we haven’t played with in years past. This was a great start to the season and we expect to keep it going,” Lopez added.
Lopez is very pleased with his team’s first performance. And with the confidence they have, Lopez expects to do extremely well this season.
Since Boys’ Latin won the B conference championship last season, a few people were worried they were not going to be as good this season, but that is false.
“I think the two teams are similar, but I think this year’s team has the drive to get to the top from the beginning and stay there,” sophomore first baseman Sam Grace explained. Grace started on the championship team last season as a freshman, and he believes that the team has the possibility to be even more successful this season because of their grit.
By reason of Zach Grace throwing 50 pitches, and the team playing extremely well, rookie pitcher David Robinson got the chance to make his varsity baseball debut. Robinson threw a total of 18 pitches while only racking up one hit. In Robinson’s first game ever, he was playing like a veteran.
Although Robinson played very well and helped lead the team to victory, he was extremely nervous to go out and play.
“It felt great to be able to help the team come out with a huge victory against our rival St. Paul’s,” Robinson explained. “I was very nervous at first, being that it was my first game on varsity. My teammates did a great job of calming me down before my appearance, which led me to be more successful,” Robinson added.
It seems as though Robinson is really enjoying the varsity experience and all of his teammates are taking him under their wings.
It seems like senior outfielder Desmond Banks had an interesting day, being that his first at bat resulted in getting a pitch to the head.
On Banks’ first at bat, the St. Paul’s pitcher threw a curve ball that hit Banks’ right in the head. Other than losing his composer, Banks’ shook it off and took his walk to first base.
“It really did not hurt that bad; it happened so fast that I did not even feel it until I was on first base, then my head started ringing a little. Other than that, I was fine,” Banks explained.
Overall, the game went remarkably well. Marquise Washington, a senior outfielder, mentioned that he thinks the team will have a successful season. Washington believes that the Lakers should go undefeated in conference play and have a good chance of winning the title again. Lastly, Washington mentioned that they have a good group of seniors leading the way that are very excited for their last year on Lake Ave.
It seems as though the first game went very well and the team is excited for the rest of the season.
Come out and support the Boys’ Latin Lakers as they continue their journey to the MIAA B conference championship for their second year in a row.