TUJUNGA CANYON: It was a long drive to Tujunga Canyon – 75 miles each way, to be exact – but it didn’t take long for the Boys from King to think every single one of those miles was worth it.
Baseball games aren’t won in the first inning, but putting up three runs in the opening frame can certainly help the cause. That’s exactly what the Wolves (19-9-1) did against Village Christian (21-8) on Tuesday in their first game of the CIF DII Playoffs.
“Jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first created some energy and momentum for us that we made last throughout the game” Head Coach Steve Madril noted. King would go on to win 5-2.
Behind stellar pitching by Bryce Meyer who threw a complete game and scattered three hits and only two runs on the day, King put together 13 hits in the 7 inning game.
The score would have been much more lopsided in King’s favor except that the Wolves stranded runners on bases over the next few innings, unable to get the timely hitting needed to put more runs on the board.
But the Wolves manufactured a run in the 5th on a Kaden Moeller single and then Parker Welch hit s solo home run in the 6th to give King the 5th and final run of the game.
“Meyer was able to command the zone effectively the whole game” said Madril. “He kept them (the Crusaders) off balance and gave us a chance by inducing a ton of ground balls.”
“We overall played a solid game in all facets” Madril continued, “which is always nice to have in a playoff game. For us to do that after a long bus ride was very important for our boys to relax and play their game.”
A 3-spot in the top of the first doesn’t hurt either.
NEXT ROUND: King will play Bonita High School at Bonita, Friday May 3rd. 1st Round game, CIF-SS Division II Baseball Playoffs.