Going into the last week of the season, the Warriors varsity baseball team already had the SYL league title locked up, but they still had a goal of going undefeated. And they did just that.
An early lead helped the Warriors defeat West on Tuesday, 11-1,thanks to a sacrifice fly by Marty McIrvin in the first inning. The team then secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fifth inning. The big inning was powered by a single from Jalen Wallace, a double by McIrvin, and a single by Tyler Metzler.
Starting pitcher Metzler earned the win for Tehachapi by tossing a complete game, allowing one unearned run and three hits, while striking out 10. Additional hits came from Nathan Boesler, Logan Snider, Josh Addington, Joe Fox and Tim Williams.
Thursday was an emotional day for the seniors and their parents as it was the boys' last home game played. The Warriors defeated West 25-0 to cap off an undefeated league season. Wallace earned the win as he threw four scoreless innings.
Johnathon Eppler pitched the last inning, striking out one. The Warriors had 21 hits on the day, led by multiple hits from Wallace, Metzler, McIrvin, Snider, Williams and Yeager Jarrett. Williams and Wallace each had four runs batted in. Senior Sam Kelly received his first at bat of the year driving in a run and scoring a run.
The Warriors will travel to Visalia on Wednesday, May 17, to play Mt. Whitney in the first round of the playoffs.
Chris Wallace is a baseball team parent.