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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:13 am

Rim of the World High School varsity baseball has had a busy month so far, of league games, as well as tournament games in Las Vegas that took place last week. With these games, the Scots are currently four and two in the San Andreas League, positioning them in third place.

On April 7, the Scots played against Indian Springs, winning with a final score of 22 to 12. That game was the last before heading to the Las Vegas Blazer Bash spring tournament.

“Our offense was strong, collecting 17 hits on that day,” Head Coach Bob Gradillas said. “Our defense did not support our offense, committing four errors and giving up six earned runs.”

The winning pitcher during the game was senior Liam Keefe who threw two-and-a-third innings in relief, allowing for three hits and no runs.

The leading hitters for the game against Indian Springs were junior Ryan Craig, who was 3-for-5, with three RBIs and one run scored; junior Kyler Llewellyn was 3-for-3 with one RBI, and five runs scored; senior Daniel Downey was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored and one stolen base; junior Deagan Risnes was 2-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and one stolen base; freshman Will Daniels was 2-for-6 with one home run, two RBIs and one run scored; and senior Liam Keefe was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

After the game against Indian Springs, the Fighting Scots made their way to the Las Vegas tournament, playing against Las Vegas High School on April 10. Rim won the game with a final score of 8 to 4.

“This was our first game of the tournament and we played well, both offensively and defensively,” Gradillas stated.

Senior Zach McHenry was the winning pitcher of the game, throwing two-and-a-third innings, and relieving Liam who was the starting pitcher. During his pitching time, Zach allowed for only one run on three hits, and also had a three run/bases loaded double in the seventh inning.

Leading hitters for the game against Las Vegas were senior Cannon Buelna who was 2-for-3 with one RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base; and senior Christian Escalera who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Directly after the game against Las Vegas, the Fighting Scots matched up against Birmingham High School and lost the game with a final score of 1 to 12. It was a tough game for the Scots coming out of their win with Las Vegas, and they could not pick themselves back up.

“Our losing pitcher was junior Garrett Poblick who threw four innings, giving up eight earned runs, striking out four and walking one,” Gradillas said.

The following day, April 11, the Fighting Scots played against Bellflower High School and lost the game with a final score of 3 to 9. This was the third game of the tournament and the team was ready to get going once again, but their concerted efforts were not enough.

The losing pitcher of the game was Kyler who started the game and threw four innings, giving up seven runs while striking out five and walking four.

Leading hitters for the game were Daniel who was 2-for-3; Liam who was 1-for-2, including one RBI triple and one run scored; and Will who had one hit and scored one run.

After the game against Birmingham, the Scots had the remainder of the day to rest up and ponder on what it was that went wrong before their game against San Fernando High School on April 12.

The Scots came back ready to play the next day and beat San Fernando with a final score of 10 to 6.

“We really competed at a high level in this game,” Gradillas said. “It was great to see us play at such a high level after losing back-to-back games during the tournament.”

The winning pitcher during this game was Deagan, who threw six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing for five runs while scattering eight hits.

“The purpose of playing in such a big tournament against much larger schools is to get us prepared for our remaining league schedule,” Gradillas said. “We must continue to get timely hits and our defense must do a better job of supporting our pitching in order for us to be successful.”

Gradillas added that five of the remaining nine games left in the season are against the two schools that are currently ahead of the Scots in the league. “If we can win these games, we could challenge for the league championship,” he said.

The Scots return home on April 26, playing against San Gorgonio. The game begins at 3:15 p.m. at the Rim High baseball field.

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