By Bryana Martinez
The Boys Varsity Baseball team has started off the season to a rough start. They finished the season with a 6-10 losing record. With a small roster, the boys are fought vigorously to secure a spot in the playoffs. It came down to their last game and they were able to win and sneak their way in.
Although they had a rough start you can tell that the boys worked very hard in trying to make the playoffs. Having a small roster did have its benefits. Due to the team’s small roster the boys have had a very close relationship for about three years on and off the field. Obviously, the closer the team the better the communication on the field. Not only that but they work like a well oiled machine and are the perfect example of how there’s no “I” in team. Both coaches, Coach Q and Coach Kaufman are very dedicated and motivated which helped the boys do their absolute best. Timothy David states, “We aren’t a team that doesn’t give up, we have lost a lot of games where it was down to the last strike, we didn’t give up but PSAL can’t show that of course.” Their effort and motivation can’t be reflected on the PSAL website, but the boys know how determined they are and at the end of the day it’s the motivation and effort that matters.
Alberth Johnson states, "Being on a team and sharing a common goal has brought us closer than blood could , we fight of course but that doesn't mean we aren't brothers." This just shows how close these boys are and how much they would sacrifice just to get a little better.
Coach Kaufman states “This team faced many challenges throughout the season but never quit. This group of young men showed a ton of character, played baseball the right way and represented themselves and their school positively.”
Captain Jerry Rosario, is said to be like a third coach to the team, he is always trying to help his teammates when they are struggling and is one of the first to congratulate a teammate in their success. Despite the losing season record, Jerry has had a very successful season, sadly being his last as he graduates. He went the regular season with a 53 strikeouts and the playoff season with 9. He states that he didn’t consider himself a captain, but was honored to that leadership role.
Coach Q states “We are proud of the way the guys finished the season strong.They played hard until the last out and that’s all a coach can ever ask for”.
The Hillcrest Boys Varsity Team has gone from only winning two games, to being able to win seven games and now making the playoffs. Hopefully next year they reach their goal of making the playoffs and passing the first round.