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Varsity baseball ends in a draw against rival Chino Hills

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Avery Rosas
Senior Matthew Yarc had his usual shove day in an outing against Chino Hills that may just have been so dominant because of the jersey he was looking at before every pitch he threw.

Clouds hung over the varsity diamond with slices of sun tracing the third base line. Parents sat, students clamored, and leadoff hitter Cannon Billingslay stepped into the Chino Hills High School batters box. 

Senior Matthew Yarc, certified ace, lunged down the hill and practically forced strike one on a 90 mile-per-hour fastball. And then he did it again; strike two. The dirt in the box was practically sinking; with two strikes on the count, Yarc pulled the string on a curveball that waved at Billingslay as he watched it for strike three. 

Such was the fate of nine batters on Tuesday evening, a line that Yarc carried to his best outing of the season against his cross-town rivals. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet.

Barks and banter carried from both dugouts across a spotless first five innings from both sides. The lefty on the mound for Chino Hills navigated traffic throughout the game and tossed his first six innings without putting a run on the board. 

Yarc’s spotless line was matched through six, grinding his cleat into the rubber for a seventh inning he was determined to throw scoreless; the umpire’s eye had different plans. A leadoff single put Yarc in the stretch, five pitches into his final inning. His ninth final strikeout of the night delayed a balk call that would send the runner from first to second; head coach Brad McGuire walked out, but no contest would change the decision. Another seeing-eye single, another paper cut from the lineup card, ended Yarc’s outing with nothing but kind words to the Chino Hills dugout. What a game! he presumably exclaimed as he strutted back to the home trench.

Caleb Trugman, as he does, took over for Yarc and allowed both inherited runners to score before ending the inning and closing the book on Yarc’s outing—nothing short of impressive, 6.2 innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and a walk. Still, Ayala had only three outs to score a minimum of two runs. 

Taking Andrew Torres’s place, Bryan Yang trotted to the plate for his first appearance in the game and made it count. On four ill-advised pitches, Yang was awarded first base and brought the tying run to the plate. Two batters later, hopes dwindled. Jaden Valenzuela, nine-hitting left-fielder who was hoping to turn the lineup over, instead had, perhaps, the swing of his life. With two fastballs riding up and in to even the count at 2-2, a backed-up slider ran into the barrel of the bat, finding it so repulsive that it decided to flee all the way past the right field fence. I believe the youngins call that one a home run. 

In the blink of an eye, the game was tied and the momentum was flipped on its head. Duarte flew out to left, but energy was replenished in the dugout. Trugman had no problem handling the middle of Chino Hills’s lineup, setting the first two down on strikes and including an easy ground ball to get Ayala back in the box.

The sun had begun its descent, leaving the bottom of the eighth as the last inning, regardless of the score. Nevertheless, the boys wanted to win. 

Such a win never came to be. The game ended in a draw, an acceptable outcome considering how close to a loss they were at one point. 

A matchup against La Mirada (2-2) will put this game into the rearview mirror as this slow start for Ayala will hopefully turn out to be just that. Contributions from young players have given life and hope to a team that is looking to exceed expectations this year. 



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Avery Rosas, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor
Avery Rosas (12) is the Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor for the Bulldog Times. In his third and final year on staff, he hopes to grow the publication’s reach by diving deeper into the stories that make our school, and our students, unique. Avery is very culturally centered from his proud Mexican heritage and, as a result, is heavily involved in the World Language programs at the school. He hopes to influence others to become proud of their cultures while also respecting those of others. His immersion in his Mexican culture is seen in the altars he constructs for Dia de Los Muertos and heard in his never-ending Latino music playlists, his daily soundtrack consisting of anything from Natalia Lafourcade, Pedro Infante and Los Panchos to Romeo Santos, Caifanes and Los Angeles Azules.  However, his biggest passion, seen in his writing and known by those around him, is baseball; more specifically, his darling Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball is the center of Avery's media consumption and his immersion in the sport has allowed him to meet people across the country who deepen his understanding of the game and generally just enrich his life. His proficiency in baseball and sports writing as a whole has allowed him to enjoy some of the proudest moments of his life, the biggest of which was ranking Excellent in Sports Writing during a trip to the JEA/NSPA competition and convention held in San Francisco in April 2023. This year, he's hoping to further improve his writing skills and reach Superior for his final high school competition. Despite this being his last year as an editor for the Bulldog Times, he hopes to impart his passion for the program onto his underclassmen staff members and show them the beauty of what the Bulldog Times can do for writers and collaborators during their high school years; he also took the liberty of  drastically surpassing the word count for his staff bio because it's his last year. Every moment, every article, every quote, and every word given to the Bulldog Times by Avery has been the legacy he hopes to leave to future student journalists and the higher standards he hopes to bring for the publication. And of course, he couldn't have done any of it without his mentor, advisor and friend, Ms. Eileen Tse, whom he will miss very much when he eventually leaves the Bulldog Times.  
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