Trojans trounce Barstow in pre-season

Skyline´s Chris Galarza rockets another pitch toward the plate during his complete game shutout against Barstow College, Feb.5. (Neill Herbert)

Skyline´s Chris Galarza rockets another pitch toward the plate during his complete game shutout against Barstow College, Feb.5. (Neill Herbert)

Skyline’s baseball team claimed victory in the first four of their pre-season games this weekend.

On Feb. 4 The Trojans faced Barstow College in the first of three games. The game started out slow, with only one run scored until the fourth inning. The Trojans continued steady until the bottom of the 7th when they had a big drive, scoring 4 runs, one being a homerun.

Skyline kept the lead for the remainder of the game and came up victorious with an ending score of 9-4.

On Feb. 5, Barstow had their chance to get revenge against the Trojans in a doubleheader, but Trojans kept their winning streak going and won both games.

The first game of the day, Skyline dominated the game, winning 7-0. The next game of the day, Skyline crushed Barstow again, with the score of 21-7.

The Feb.6 game matched Skyline with Diablo Valley College. Skyline again crushed the competition and claimed their 5-0 victory.

Carlos Alveranga pitched his first games for Skyline, and Coach Dino Nomicos said he did a “nice job.”

The team’s record is now 4-0 for pre-season games. The games, while they are pre-season, do count towards their end season record. How they do in the pre-season, ultimately can decide position for the playoffs.

Coach Nomicos is happy with his team and couldn’t ask for anything more from his players.

“The defense and pitching are exactly where they need to be,” Nomicos said. “That’s why were 4-0. We were supposed to beat Barstow; if we lost we would be a little behind. Barstow is an average team. A scrappy team, but they are well-coached and they play hard.”

Coach Nomicos is ready to work with the team on offense. They just got their cages two weeks ago, so they are a little behind, but with a little practice Coach Nomicos assures they will be “running on all eight cylinders.”

“I’m really happy with this team,” Nomicos said. “They play hard, the way they play you can’t get upset.”

Skyline’s baseball team is ranked 12th in the state and 7th in Northern California. Their next pre-season games are on Feb. 12 and 13 against Yuba City at Yuba City.