IRVINE: Ask most commuters who take the 91 every day into the OC how they like the drive, the reply won’t likely be a positive one.
Ask baseball head coach Steve Madril what it was like last week to travel to Irvine’s Great Park four times for the Ryan Lemmon Tournament at least he’s honest: “It was a long week of traveling out to Irvine. The boys were tired but still played very well and won 4 games in the tournament.”
Winning has a way of taking the edge off, but even better does solid play behind the victories.
Bryce Meyer started on the mound in the final game where the Wolves defeated the Dolphins of Dana Hills 10-2. Meyer went 4 innings and allowed a measly one run. Brian West had two hits and an RBI. Kaden Moeller had two hits, including a double, adding to the winning cause.
With the score up 3-0 in their favor and the potential of a 4 game sweep of the tournament in sight, senior catcher Gabe Briones got his teammates to stay in the moment. “Hey guys” he said, “we just got to chill.”
Madril noticed the response by the team. “We relaxed the restof the game” he said.
Such leadership coupled with the quality play would make any coach happy and Madril certainly was.
“I was very pleased with the game and with how we played the entire tournament. We really swung the bats well and played solid defense throughout the week.” Madril said. “Our pitchers commanded the zone with all their pitches and gave us a chance to win. Any time we can pitch as well as we did, we have a chance to beat anyone.”
Pitching, hitting and commuting well … such is the formula for success when a Riverside team goes to “work” in the OC.
King is now an impressive 12-6-1 on the season.