A recap of the Trojans’ 2016-2017 baseball season

The Skyline Baseball team finished off the season on April 28 with an impressive record of 28-11.

The Trojans kicked off the 2016-2017 season with a win against the third-ranked team in California. On Jan. 28, the Trojans showed their resiliency while beating Fresno City College 3-1. The team also showcased their stellar pitching, only allowing one run throughout the game. Cole Watts was credited with the win after striking out four batters.

Not long after an incredible upset, the Trojans rallied together a seven-game winning streak. During those two games, the team showed their ability to handle pressure in tight game situations.

In that seven-game winning stretch, Skyline found themselves in a high-offensive battle between West Valley College on Feb. 23 and a defensive match against De Anza College Feb. 28.

The battle between West Valley College ended in extra innings. The score was tied 7-7 after nine innings and they were forced to tough it out in extra innings. The Trojans were able to rally together three runs in the 10th inning. The ball was then handed to Watts to close out the game

The game against De Anza was a different situation. Ray Falk pitched an impressive seven-inning shutout which led the Trojans to a 1-0 victory.

Skyline ended their non-conference play with a record of 16-5 and never lost back-to-back games. However, losing three out of the first four games of conference play was not what the Trojans were expecting.

“Our philosophy and mine as a head coach is that its not a sprint its a marathon, you are going to loss,” Head Coach Dino Nomicos said about how the team was able to bounce back from a loss. “We just reevaluate what we did wrong and try to fix the issues and know we have to win two out of three.”

The team was able bounced back from the loss and secured an impressive win against their district rival, Canada College. On March 12, that Trojans exploded for 14 runs and destroyed their rival. Skyline had a strong pitching out of the bullpen. Falk played a huge role in this win, throwing four strikeouts while allowing one hit heading into the fifth inning. Aaron Album, Ryan McSwain and Kyle Barret combined for four RBIs.

When asking Aaron Album second basement for the Trojans how he approaches every at bat, Album said.

“Our hitting coach helps us everyday on our approach,” Album said about how he approaches every player at bat. “You have same common goal: you just adjust to everyone else.”

The Trojans ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak with an overall record of 28-11 and ended their conference record 12-5. The team hopes to make some noise in the playoffs. They also ended the season third in their division and earned themselves a 12 seed in the playoffs. The Trojans will play against San Joaquin Delta College on Friday, March 5.