December 17, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Varsity baseball looks to have strong second half

As the constant day to day squeaking of shoes that come from the gym stops, the noise from the baseball diamonds begin to rise. With success from last year, the seniors are looking to do even better. Last year the team went 8-4 in league and 12-15 in the whole season. The team was looking forward to improving their game and making it into CCS this year. With a roster packed with 15 individuals who have the desire to win, the pressure is on as the team advances into the season. Currently their record is at 2-4 in league and 6-11 in all. However there still is hope as the season has just started and there will be much more action going on.

It’s the seventh inning, the score is 7-6, and the count is three and two. Matt Erlick is on the mound trying to finish out a complete game and bring back a win for his team. He throws the pitch, gets the batter swinging at a perfectly thrown ball, and he’s out. Erlick has wanted to be in this position for years.  “This has been my dream to pitch and play baseball in high school; I just wish that I had a few more years to go. My goal for this year is to get to CCS. I want to live up to the number on my jersey and throw well,” said the senior pitcher. Erlick’s baseball career will be over after this year as he is heading to the University of Arizona to pursue Sports/Business Management, but his love for the game will always be a part of him.

Often times the best players on the team are honored by the position of being a captain, but you can also be a captain based on your leadership. This year’s captains are Erlick and Omar Noriega. Both of them have shown the skills that it takes to guide the team to success. “It is an honor to be a captain here, and I have high hopes for this year. I want us to be able to advance deep into CCS move up a division. I personally want to get more RBI’s and a better batting average. Our team weakness is that we need to work on closing out games. We are best at giving each other support after mistakes,” coments Noriega on being captain. As Noriega shows his guidance and leadership to the rest of the team, he will pursue his baseball career at Cañada College next year.

Sophomore, Daryl Semien, is a young star on the team who has proven that he deserves his spot with the upper classmen. However there is still a lot of pressure on Semien, who needs to prove he’s on Varsity, not by luck, but instead because he has earned it. “It feels great and that I am their younger sibling. They give me the most jobs to do like cleaning up. My team goal is to win CCS, and my personal goal is to cut down on my errors,” said the sophomore. Semien who has been playing baseball since the age of 8 has really enjoyed this sport. He loves to play as a Bearcat and hopes that in the near future, that they will be able to be one of the best.

Sadly though, as this year ends, seven seniors will be leaving and taking with them their guidance and leadership skills. Last year they lost six of their seniors. One of those seniors who has loved it here at Mateo is RJ Asuncion. “My personal goal is to lead the team into CCS, because we haven’t been there in a while. I love this school and my brother played for Mateo and I want to bring a CCS season to Mateo. My team goal is to get to CCS making second or first and move up to the Bay division.”  said Asuncion. Rj hopes to continue in baseball and play at CSM. We wish him luck as he graduates soon.

Everybody knows that offense is a key part of the game, but it is said that defense wins games. That’s where Junior Trevor Brill and Senior Casey Gilbert will be. Both Brill and Gilbert are Mateo’s best outfielders, saving the team from losing games and catching fly balls. Brill comments about the season, “We want to make CCS. I want to have a good batting average and make some diving catches in the outfield.It feels great knowing that I’ve had a great career playing and representing us Bearcats. For this final year here at Mateo, I just want to have fun and make CCS. I want to end the season this year with a batting average above .300. My strength on the diamond is playing defense.” said the senior. Gilbert definitely has the stats to match up for his defense. He currently has a perfect record in fielding percentage and ranks as the third best fielder in the Ocean Division. After this year, Gilbert will not continue to follow the path of baseball, but start to settle down into the college life.

As of April 18, the team has a remainder of eight games. Recent losses to Woodside have all been close. Losing the game by only one run, the team looks to beat other teams. During the remainder of the season, the team will play Mills, Capuchino, Westmoor, ,and Jefferson. They have a lot of work to put in if they want to get the number one or number two spot, but it is possible! Come support them at their next home game on April 28 against Cappuchino.

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