The Mission Bay High School (MBHS) varsity baseball team has struggled to a 6-13 record thus far this season after coming off a 3-2 loss to the archrival La Jolla Vikings on April 22. Prior to the La Jolla game, Mission Bay had rebounded by winning one-run games in two of its previous three matchups.
Sophomore pitcher Erick Lopez scattered five base hits in a 5-4 win over the University City Centurions to help the Bucs record their first Western League victory of the season. Senior Jesse Sullivan leads Mission Bay in hitting with a .317 average and 12 runs batted in, while fellow senior Connor Vaughs leads the team in RBIs with 13 and is also hitting .308, but it has not been enough to offset the shaky Bucs’ pitching staff.
Senior hurlers Lorenzo Pamaran (2-1, 7.28) and Luis Osuna (2-7, 5.62) have collectively allowed 56 base on balls alone. As a whole, Mission Bay High pitchers have issued opponents a free pass to the base paths with 82 walks through the first 18 games, an average of 4.5 per game. Mission Bay has been outscored 127-74 overall.
The Buccaneers’ next home will be Monday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. against Western League rival Point Loma.
Mission softball squad has had slightly better success at 7-8, despite allowing run totals of 12, 14 and 10 in three of its previous five contests, and has given up 10 or more runs in five of the eight losses.
The softball squad topped the Hoover Cardinals on April 22 by a score of 14-0, pushing their league record to 2-5.
Coming into that game, junior Micela Ross was leading the team in pitching with a 2.57 ERA, while sophomore Teresa Jackson has the Bucs’ top batting average (.394) with 30 or more at-bats. Junior Cassidy Clough has the top batting average overall (.727) with 16 hits in 22 at-bats and the top on-base percentage at .793.
The Bucs’ were scheduled to play Mount Miguel on the road April 23 and their next home game will be April 25 at 3:30 when the team hosts the Madison Warhawks.
The Mission Bay boys’ volleyball team seeks its first win of the year after dropping its first six matches and is striving to improve after losing four of the matches in straight sets (3-0).