Coach Gritz and The Carter High School JV Lions
Last Night Carter High’s Junior Varsity Baseball matched up their 2nd pre-season game against Pacific High School’s Junior Varsity. The game was played @ the beautiful Fiskilini park in San Bernardino and was the second under manager Mark Anthony Howard “Coach Grits.” The bunch came out focused under their Coach Gritz “Get Work” philosophy, and seemed intent on doing just that.
David Melendez started on the hill for the Lions and seemed like he couldn’t miss. As captain called Catcher/IF Delgadillo called, Melendez delivered. The Duo “worked” batters strategically with “cutterz and gas” offside the plate low and away and finished which ever batter who dared not to ground out with high deuces inside. With Delgadillo’s leadership Melendez finish 5 innings with 6 k’s and one walk.
With two outs in the second Joseph Nava dropped a mile high fly out with two runners one. Ice cold and unfazed Melendez would k the next batter stranding the tripling runner on error at third. Nava would redeem himself with a hit as the first batter following the error and scoring a run to make up for the two he gave up.
With heavy encouragement and affirmation from the vocal coach the entire team seemed to gel and rally behind Melendez not only on Defense but with the sticks as well.
The team would only allow a total of 3 hits and 2 unearned runs on one of the Lion’s two errors while scoring 7 themselves.
Cam Wilson who went 2-4 beat out a close throw and advance to second on error and heads up baserunning. The Extra hustle seemed be contagious as Lions baserunners beat out several close throws to get on and stole a total of 10 bases not including two advances on pass balls.
The team looked good lastnight with great energy not only on offense and D, but in the dugout as well. When guys made plays teammates slapped fives and fist, when guys error’d or miscues teammates picked them up and encouraged them to make the next one.
The play of the game went to freshman call up and Matthew C./2b in the 3rd inning. With redemption on his mind after a tough error with 2 outs young Matt showed his confidence and skill tracking to his glove side and diving to stop a smoker in the gap. The play was topped off when he was able to recover to his feet and make a strong throw to the 1st baseman Cameron Wilson in time to beat the runner and end the inning.
Player of the Game went to freshman call up Garret Strasberg. With great leadership by his receiver Brian Garret came out strong and confident hitting his spots and closing out the game pitching two scoreless innings with 2 ks and 1 hit on 11 pitches.
Coach Grits, who called for some aggressive strategy orchestrating 3 sets of double steals, squeeze bunts and sacrifices, commented on the game:
“Im super proud of the teamplay and morale of these guys. I challenged them as JV players to focus on why they aren’t at the Varsity level and “get work in” tonight. The did that and more. I love the response and coachability each of these guys have and Ill die with them in a game. Were gonna’ surprise a lot of coaches, players, and teams this season with our win column. The work ethic I need to make these guys better is there and I plan to win with it.”
Game notables: Delgadillo caught 5 behind the dish and then moved to 2nd and recorded 3 put outs including one unassisted. SS Romo seems to be cleaning up his act on defense but got dirty on O sliding in hard for a hustle double and a stolen base. Reserve Catcher Brian not only stole 2 bases but stole some strikes with great receiving posture and pitch calling with no passed balls.
UnNoted: 3rd Baseman Gil is just quiet money he plays anywhere in the infield with no errors gets on base, steals bases, and scores every game.