Trojans face new dilemma: losing

Freshman pitcher Dan Orlick hurls the ball home during the top of the seventh inning against Cañada March 3.  Orlick was one of several pitcher that the Trojans went through as they tried but failed to come back from what turned out to be a nine-run shutout.  (Neill Herbert)

Freshman pitcher Dan Orlick hurls the ball home during the top of the seventh inning against Cañada March 3. Orlick was one of several pitcher that the Trojans went through as they tried but failed to come back from what turned out to be a nine-run shutout. (Neill Herbert)

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Claiming an impressive pre-season record of 9-2, Skyline’s baseball team opened the regular season March 3, cruising into their first official Coast Conference contest as they faced Cañada College under a beautiful sunny sky.

All too appropriately, it was raining by the ninth inning.

Looking less and less like the team they were through February, the Trojans dropped not only the March 3 game against the Colts, but two more against College of San Mateo and Cabrillo College. Barely eking out an 8-7 win against Mission College March 5, Skyline found themselves with a dismal 1-3 record after their first four season games.

Their first win was almost not a win. At Santa Clara, Skyline got the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a Mission College error. To hold onto the game, pitcher Chris Galarza kept the Saints scoreless in the bottom of the inning and closed the game at 8-7. With the success of that match, Skyline was ready to face their conference rivals, CSM.

On March 8, Skyline traveled to San Mateo to face the Bulldogs. The team played on CSM’s newly improved field while the crowd watched and cheered from above.

The Trojans started out playing well, keeping a 2-0 lead until the sixth inning, when the Bulldogs fought back to tie the game. In the very next inning, Skyline answered those two points with their own to recapture the lead. But, when the dust finally settled in the ninth, the rivalry ended with a 6-4 Bulldog victory and a 1-2 record for Skyline.

On March 10, Cabrillo traveled to Skyline looking for a win, and they got it. The second regular season game Skyline hosted this season ended, again, in defeat for the Trojans. Nick Victor scored Skyline’s only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. But, Cabrillo scored three more, and the game ended in their favor, 4-1.

Ranked lower than Skyline at the beginning of the season, Cabrillo cheered after their victory and one player yelled, “I knew we could do it,” while the Trojans sat in the outfield listening to their coaches.