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Baseball Cruises to 10-1

Posted 04/08/2008 by Marc Houghton

TJ Baseball continues their ten-game win streak, beating Skyview 15-7.

By Marc Houghton

Photo by Ryanne Mollo

normal_IMG_3734.jpgThe TJ baseball boys are on a roll, winning ten games in a row against an array of league and non-league opponents.  The Spartans have seen their bats come alive and played solid defense all season, and they to be in top form, and ready to take on any challenge that the rest of their schedule offers.

    Coming off their yearly trip to Arizona during spring break, the Spartans have taken advantage of the time they spent practicing, by winning four games in one week.  In their last four games, they have outscored opponents from Montbello, North, Falcon, and Skyview by a margin of 58-20.  The powerful TJ offense has shown no weaknesses since their opening loss to Cherry Creek, hitting thirteen home runs in just  eleven games. As a team so far this season, their combined batting average is over .400, with a slugging percentage of .640.  Things are also going well for the coaches along with the players.  With their win last Wednesday against Montbello, Tory Humphrey earned his hundredth win as the TJ head coach.

    Their game on Monday, April 7th against Skyview proved that the team has picked up some serious momentum.  Kian Jost was the player of the game, going 5 for 5 to bring his batting average on the season over .500.  Second baseman Brett Nathan and first baseman Matthew Mankoff continue to bring an element of power to the plate.  With four home runs on the season so far, Nathan leads the team with Mankoff and Jost close behind, each with three of their own. 

    The Spartans are also playing consistent, solid defense in the field.  Pitching has been great for the team all season, led by the ace Dylan Smith, and hard throwing right hander Ryan Allen.  The boys hope to keep up this consistent play in their game against South on Wednesday, April 9th.  If they can continue playing solid on both sides of the ball, they should be able to carry a lot of momentum with them into the post-season, and make a run for the coveted state title.