Eagles ready to follow up second-place season


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The end of football season only means one thing: it's time for pitchers and catchers to report because baseball season is upon us. The Templeton Eagles are coming off a second-place finish in the Los Padres League last season where they made it into the second round of the playoffs before falling to La Canada.

Templeton opened their season with a scrimmage against PAC 8 foe San Luis Obispo on Wednesday night and played in front of one of the most beautiful backdrops a high school venue can offer. The silhouette of Cerro San Luis laid still as the pastel colors of the night danced around it until they were drowned out by the fluorescent beams from lights above the playing field.

Neither team wore jerseys and neither team kept score — this game was about development and shaking off the rust.

“We had a rough defensive first inning but after that, I thought we played well and settled in,” Head Baseball Coach Pete Kotheimer said.

Senior Noah Bullard got the start for the Eagles on the mound and did well in forcing the Tigers to hit ground balls in play.

“We have some good pitchers that we expect to keep us in a lot of games this year and they are all working right now to get better,” Kotheimer said.

The Eagles come into this season with an interesting mix of youth and experience. Templeton has nine seniors on the roster this year according to Maxpreps.com: Jared Money, Tyler Frigon, Adrian Flanagan, Macer Lardner, Jake Neate, Jarred Briltz, Colton Wiggins, Cole Garcia and Bullard and only have one junior. The rest of the players are freshman or sophomores.

“We lost a couple guys coming into this year so we’ve got some young guys on the team this season,” Kotheimer said. “And they all had some great at-bats in the game.”

The Eagles will open their season with a league game on the road against Orcutt Academy on Tuesday before hosting their rival, Morro Bay, on Thursday at home.

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