Cougars end the Tigers’ baseball season

Beaumont defeated San Jacinto High School, ending their season

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
Coach Rick Zepek and his assistants console the Tigers after losing to Beaumont, 1–0, ending their season.

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

An up and down baseball season leaves us all on the edge of our seats. And for the San Jacinto Tigers, Friday’s baseball game against the Beaumont Cougars was an important one. With a season record of 11-14 and 6-8 in league, this game decided which of the two would go on to the CIF playoffs.
The first four innings were relatively uneventful, with neither team scoring. But in the top of the fifth inning, the Cougars made the first successful round of the diamond to score a run for Beaumont. That was all Beaumont could muster, however, before being kept from a second run by a Tiger double-play.
But despite good defense, the offense just couldn’t make it happen despite several attempts to steal bases. With a 1-0 win, Beaumont advanced to the finals.
Coach Rick Zepek expressed his disappointment like so: “You’ve gotta hit, you’ve gotta score runs and we haven’t done that in the last four or five games.

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
The Tigers at bat, against Beaumont high school.

That’s why we’re out of the playoffs, I think, at this point. Pitching did well; defense did its job for the most part… We just really went cold with the bats the last five games.” Zepek points out that in the last five games the Tigers scored a disappointing two runs. “That’s not gonna get it done.”
As for Beaumont, Zepek sees how well their coach, Robert Sheehan, has steered his Cougars: “He’s a good coach; he’s been there for a long time.”
So, the Tigers finish their 2017 season with a score of 11-15 overall and 6-9 in league, whereas Beaumont go 13-13 and 7-8 themselves. Beaumont will be in Palm Springs tomorrow afternoon as they play against the Indians. It should be a hot one, as the weather report calls for 95 degrees tomorrow afternoon.

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