By Katherine Duncan
MARCH 29, BLAZER STADIUM—
The Blazers triumphed over Walter Johnson 12-2 today at Blazer Stadium in their third game of the season. The JV team's strength both at bat and in the field was evident as the Blazers maintained a steady lead throughout the game.
Due to constant focus and determination, the Blazers ended their third straight game early because of the mercy rule. They start the season strong with a solid 3-0 record.
Freshman Adam Kopp proved worthy of the starting pitcher position, striking out three batters in a row in the third inning and letting no one on base in the first two innings. Coach Richard Porac praised Kopp's performance, declaring it "very good."
The Blazers also started the game strong offensively, with four runs and six hits in the first inning alone. By the third inning, the team had gained momentum and continued to slaughter Walter Johnson, 9-0. The team "played well, hit well," and "ran the bases expertly," according to sophomore co-captain Avi Wolfman-Arent.
Freshman Dylan Rebois was a consistent hitter, finishing 4-4 with three runs. Rebois is a standout among the freshmen and demonstrated leadership on and off the field.
The Blazers let up in the top of the fourth inning, allowing Walter Johnson to score two runs.
Sloppiness in the field led Walter Johnson to score on an error, and the other run was almost an out on a double-play attempt by sophomore Sam Morris and sophomore co-captain Lee Shields.
Attempting to win back runs, the Blazers were anxious in the bottom of the fourth inning. They continually stole bases when it was unnecessary, which proved dangerous when freshman Jason Meer was picked off third base.
The Blazers regained composure in the fifth inning, keeping Walter Johnson at bay and scoring the final two runs needed for the mercy rule.
As for the rest of the season, it looks positive. According to Wolfman-Arent, the team has not been tested yet, but have done what they have been expected to do, "which is to win." The Blazers have no more games until the return from Spring Break. They face Richard Montgomery on Wednesday, April 14 at home at 6:00 p.m.