A close win for varsity baseball in first PAL game


Pitcher Joe Pratt leads his team in the first PAL game.

The Scots proved their determination to continue in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) tournament in their game against Menlo School on Wed. night.

The game consisted of strong defenses from both teams until the bottom of the 4th inning.

Senior Nick Thompson started it off with a chopper to third, made it to first base, and then stole second base on a pass ball. Sophomore Vinny Bologna then hit a base hit to right field, and scored in Thompson. Senior Ryan Callahan continued with a base hit to right field, and moved Bologna to third, who later got picked off. Junior Tyler Brandenburg continued the hitting streak as he hit a line drive to the left field line, moving Callahan to third.

Menlo’s defense continued to slack as senior Michael McGill was walked. Senior Julian Billot then got a base hit to right field, bringing in Callahan and Brandenburg. The inning ended with Carlmont leading 3-0.

Menlo was set on on fighting back as the top of the fifth inning started. Number 20 started it off with a popup to left field, and was safe at first base. Number eight then hit a double to left field, scoring in number 20. Number 24 followed up with a bunt, went to first, and moved number eight to third. Number 24 retaliated by stealing second base.

Senior pitcher Joe Pratt felt the pressure as he walked number 23. He was then taken out of the game, and senior and pitcher Sean Yao came in as a reliever. He got the job done with the help of his defense, who got a double play to end the top of the 5th with a score of 3-1.

Pratt said, “I don’t think I had my best stuff. I worked with what I could, and tried to throw strikes. I knew that I had a good defense behind me though.”

The rest of the game consisted of a strong defense from Carlmont as Menlo was not able to score. Carlmont won the game with a final score of 3-1.

“Our defense worked together to stop [Menlo] from scoring, and that’s what won us our game,” said senior Alex Pennes. “Our pitchers did their best, and we backed them up.”

Even though they came out with a win, the team feels like they could have done more.

“Out pitcher did a great job of getting ahead in the count to the hitter, and really let his defense do the work,” said senior Michael McGill. “However, we had other opportunities to add on more runs, but we didn’t take advantage of those situations.”

Carlmont will play next on Thrusday, May  14 against Sacred Heart Prep.

“Overall, we felt great about the win because a win is a win, and as long as we find a way to come out on top, it’s a good day,” said McGill.