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Baseball rebounds after season-opening loss

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At the end of a 4-1 rainy loss to Serra on Feb. 23, senior and captain Sal Meehan said the team plans to focus on limiting strikeouts in critical situations and scoring more runs, which was their weakest point. 

Despite the loss, Meehan said he is grateful for the opportunity to play a strong team. 

“Matching up and playing a game against a talented team like Serra was a great opportunity to see where the team is at moving forward,” Meehan said. “It was evident that we need to focus more on trying to put the ball in play with two strikes. Our team is preparing for the next game (by) working on our two strike approach and limiting the strikeouts.”

At the same time, Meehan said the team performed well defensively.

During practices, sophomore Henry Harding said now that the team better understands its strengths and weaknesses, it will train harder to prepare for the rest of the season. 

“We are going to be upping the intensity on all of our practices from here on out, and we are also going to be working on having a better approach at the plate so we can start scoring some more runs,” Harding said. 

And the approach seems to have worked. After switching up the training routine, the team scored 13 runs in a win against Monterey and seven runs in a win against Leland.

With only two returning starters and several younger members, Meehan said gaining experience is important at the early stages of the season so players can learn to work together and build chemistry, preparing them for the CCS playoffs. 

“The more games we play together, the more experience and better we will get come playoff time,” Meehan said. 

Meehan also said the team hopes to work on fostering better teamwork and bonding outside of games. 

“A goal I have for the rest of the season is continuing to strive to get better and grow closer with my teammates every day at practice,” Meehan said. “I (am) trying to make this season memorable and play as long as we are able to,” Meehan said. “I believe in our team that we are going to make this a memorable season.”

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