ATASCADERO — The Greyhounds baseball team made it into the second game of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The weather was warm for the 3:15 p.m. start time, and the crowd’s location proved it. Just past the burnt orange tubing that indicates the top of the right field fence, was a crowd of Greyhound fans trying to catch the game from the shade, even if it meant sitting in the nosebleeds.
The Greyhounds lost the game on Tuesday at the hands of the Katella Knights, ending their season. The game was close early, the Greyhounds only trailed 2-1 after two innings, but then little by little the Knights kept adding to their lead. Junior pitcher Nolan Meredith didn’t have his best stuff, and started the game off walking the first batter. In the top of the third, one runner scored on a pass ball from a wild pitch, and one more runner came across on a fielder’s choice. The Knights were up 4-1 at this point, well within striking distance for the potent Greyhound offense. Unfortunately, the Greyhounds offense was never able to get hot. The Knights scored five more runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach for the Greyhounds. The final of the game was Katella 11 the Greyhounds 2.
“We were down 4-1 after three innings and they really hit the ball well,” head coach Casey Bell said. “You have to give it to them, they were able to capitalize on some of our errors and we could never stop the bleeding.”
The Eagles baseball team and softball team both also lost on Tuesday, so the only team from the North County still playing in the playoffs is the Bearcats baseball team.
This past Tuesday, the Greyhounds faced Garey High School in their first round matchup and came away with an 8-0 victory. Junior pitcher Shane Johnson looked great throwing a shutout, and senior leaders Tysen Delkner and Lucas Sprouse led the Hounds on offense. Delker finished with two doubles, while Sprouse finished with two RBIs.
The Hounds’ season is now over and they graduate eight seniors, five of which have played varsity since they were sophomores. Several Hounds had amazing seasons and have received accolades for their play. Delkner played centerfield for the Hounds this year and led the team in batting. Delkner was selected as first team all-league, his batting average was .370, he hit five triples, seven doubles, and two home runs to go with 24 RBIs. Sprouse also made first team all-league this season at shortstop. There were some great defensive shortstops playing in the PAC-8 this year, but none more slick with the leather than Sprouse. While his defense is extraordinary, his offense is also impressive. This season Sprouse hit .367 with eight doubles, one triple and 20 RBIs. The Hounds also had two members on the list of second team all-league honors, first basemen Wyatt Peysar and pitcher Nolan Meredith. Peysar finished second on the team in RBIs, driving in 23 on the season, and hit for an average of .300. Meredith pitched 50 innings for the Hounds this season with a 1.8 ERA and also hit with .359 average with 16 RBI. Junior pitcher Shane Johnson earned honorable mention for the PAC-8 this year, and baring a setback, should be a first team performer next year. This season in 16 starts, Johnson was (8-1) with a 1.9 ERA. Senior second baseman Zac Garica finished the season batting .311 and brought in 18 RBI’s, and was part of the Hounds terrific infield defense.
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