April 1, 2014 > Fremont Christian baseball off to a stellar start
Fremont Christian baseball off to a stellar start
Submitted By Candy Alcosiba
Football is over, and spring has sprung and that means one thing, baseball season has not only begun, but is moving at full momentum, especially for the Fremont Christian Warriors who not only got off to an amazing start, but have been able to maintain a winning streak that led them win their first conference game.
If you want to uncover the secret to the WarriorÕs amazing success, you do not have to look too far. In addition to the highly skilled and competitive fielding and hitting, Coach Dustin Byerly attributes much of their success to the mound. ÒThe Warriors have a rock solid pitching staff which has often carried the team and kept them in the game.Ó Coach Byerly said. ÒLevon Potoukiani, the team captain for the Warriors has led the way, setting an inextinguishable flame for the team and senior Travis Bylerly has been lights out in all of his appearances rounding out the amazing pitching staff and, freshman Tyler Pon has not only demonstrated poise and control on the mound; he has also shown maturity beyond his years.Ó Byerly said. With that kind of pitching, the future is bright for the Warriors and they will no doubt see many more victories in the seasons to come.
The opening game against Kipp King was not only exciting, but the beginning of an amazing winning streak. Freshman Tyler Pon played over four innings and gave up just two runs, and was later relieved by senior Levon Potoukian. Down 1-0 in the last home half inning, Levon walked to start the rally, SS Traviso Byerly delivered an opposite field RBI triple, which set the stage for catcher Alex Chavez. On the first pitch, he drilled a single in left field scoring Byerly for the winning run.
The second game was a 12-3 victory over Hayward High. FCS scored 11 runs lead by seniors Levon Poutkian (2 hits 3 RBIs) and Travis Byerly (2 hits, 3BIs. Next, FCS faced off against Leadership and the game was called due to darkness ending in a 2-2 tie. Alex Chavez drove in 2 RBIS and Tyler Pon and Travis Byerly limited the opposing team to only 2 runs.
Game four was 9-3 sweet victory over St. Lawrence. Levon pitched six solid innings for the win and was relieved by Travis Byerly. Coach Dustin Byerly was ecstatic about the teamÕs performance. ÒWe have yet to start league play, but these competitive games are developing us and give us opportunities to improve both offense and defense.Ó He said.
The Warriors were confident going into their 5th game, and their confidence led to another victory of 5-0 over Bay. Byerly pitched a complete game one hit shut out while striking out 16 batters but the mound was not the only place Byerly shined. He hit a 2 run home run to help the team in their 5-0 victory.
The Warriors have had a stellar start to their season and have many triumphs to celebrate, including their triumphant first conference win in a 13-2 victory over California School of the Deaf. Pon pitched the distance for his first winning decision while Justin Weins knocked in 5 RBIs. The WarriorsÕ winning streak came to an end when the team was defeated in a 9-1 decision to Bentley.