Trojans come up short of the playoffs

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Skyline’s baseball team’s season came to end on May 7 with no chance for an appearance in the playoffs.

The Trojans ended with a record of 20-18 overall and 11-14 in North Coast Conference play. Coming off of their conference title season last year, they were hoping for a repeat season, but just missed the postseason. The Trojans were just a couple of games down from being in playoff position.

The last three games of Skyline’s season were all losses. On May 4, the Trojans fell to Ohlone 4-9, and with that loss, playoff dreams faded away. The next three games after Ohlone were also all losses. Skyline lost to De Anza 13-10, Chabot 12-5, and Cabrillo 14-2, in two days.

Skyline’s season has not been all bad. The beginning of the season started off promising. Preseason games left Skyline with a 9-2 record, ready to continue that success in the regular season. Coach Dino Nomicos said, at the beginning of the season, he was confident that the baseball team could repeat their success of last year, but either way he’s always been proud of the way his team plays.

The season may not have ended the way the players hoped for, but they all tried their best.

“I did what I could do,” third baseman Robert Hitchens said. Others on the team noticed Hitchens ability.

“For me as a pitcher, he was really good defensively,” pitcher Chris Galarza said.

While the players were disappointed that the season did not end in success, they said there were a lot of high hopes coming into the season.

“The season was kind of long,” Galarza said. “We had no field in the fall so it came up to bite us in the end.”

This season was many players’ last season with the Trojans, but there is always next year for Skyline to come back and prove they deserve to be the champs again.

2005 Baseball Season

Hits *Eric Mull hit a conference- and team-leading 17 home runs, 41 total runs, 36 RBIs, .867 SLG% and .520 OBP.

* Pitcher Chris Galarza had 8 wins, 95 innings pitched, 2.75 ERA and 65 strikeouts.

* Laurence Ng stole 8 bases on the season.

* Chris Dubon had a hitting average of .396 and led the team with 57 hits.

* The team’s preseason record was 9-2, topping the conference.

* Team played on brand new baseball field that prevented rained-out games and promised to improve the game.

* Defending Champions coming off of 2004’s successful season.

Misses

* Team did not make playoffs, ending in the number four position for the Coast Conference.

* Lost all 3 games in the series with rivals CSM.

* Team ended with an overall record of 20-18 and a conference record of 11-14.

* Losing streaks outnumbered the winning streaks.

* Missed opportunity for repeat season.