Hemet High School hosts Chaparral for Saturday baseball doubleheader, each team taking a win
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Baseball season is here in the San Jacinto Valley, and while the big leagues are still warming up for their season, Hemet High School’s boys are already at work. In addition to practicing hard, the Bulldogs did a great job grooming Norm West Field for their first two weekend games of the 2018 season. Temecula Chaparral High School baseball team, the Pumas, came to visit on Saturday, Feb. 24, and both teams would benefit from the sunny, yet chilly weather.
During game one, Tyler Richardson quickly brought in the first run of the game in the first inning. It would remain the difference in this game, giving Hemet their first win of the season, 1-0.
But the winds of change blew across Norm West Field just in time for game two. Chaparral’s player, #20, got creative with base steals in the second inning and stole his way to home to take the first run of this second game. Chaparral would score a second run in inning three. Steven Wright slipped a run in for the Bulldogs in inning five, but the Pumas were not outdone that time. Inning six saw Chaparral bring in three more runs to take a 5-1 victory the second time around.
Head coach Michael Harper knows that now, there’s only one way for the ball to go, and that’s up. “We’ve gotta build on what we’ve got,” he said. “We’ve got to work on competing, staying competitive and swinging the bats. We’ll be fine!” Harper harped on his team after the games today. “We lost a game. Nobody likes to lose.”
Both the Bulldogs and the Pumas are now 1-1 at this early stage of the 2018 baseball season. The Bulldogs are at bat this afternoon in La Palma, taking on the Fighting Irish at John F. Kennedy High. Perhaps the salty beach air over Orange County will invigorate the Bulldogs to take victory? It could happen.