Eagles breeze by San Antonio Homeschool

Max Sauceda eyes a pitch during Pleasanton’s 9-2 win over San Antonio Homeschool on Monday, April 5. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton Eagles hit exceptionally well against San Antonio Homeschool on Monday, April 5th. 

The Eagles got the 9-2 win over the Wolverines thanks to eight hits. Pleasanton wanted to work on plate discipline in their final tune-up before district play starts.

“We’ve been working on two-strike hits, and that’s why we put the ball in play,” said Head Coach Lance Standley. “We weren’t trying to kill it, that was our goal.” 

The Eagles began applying pressure on offense during the second inning, with Ty Hehman scoring a run off of Diego Luna’s hit. From there, they only went up, with runs from seniors Auston Gillespie, Cole Wiechring, sophomores Tanner Hollis, and Jayce Krauskopf at the bottom of the third inning. 

A balk by the Wolverines’ pitcher allowed Gillespie to score while Hollis’ double to centerfield brought in Wiechring. Krauskopf’s single on a fly ball to right field let Hollis make it home, and Robert Gonzales’ single to center field gave Krauskopf the run.

“It’s an overall booster. For us to come out and just attack them like the way we did, really shows what we can do this year,” Wiechring said.

The Wolverines finally scored in the top of the fourth from an error, allowing two players to score, but this did not deter the Eagles, who scored two runs of their own during the bottom of the fourth. 

Wiechring advanced to third base on a passed ball, and Hehman went to second on the same play. Krauskopf’s single to centerfield paved the way for Wiechring to score and Hehman to advance to third. An error by the Wolverines allowed Hehman to score and got Krauskopf to second.

Sophomore Max Sauceda pitched five innings, only allowing two runs on two hits, striking out three and walking one to pick up the win. 

While it wasn’t his best performance, Sauceda was able to grind through it and deliver results.

“Even though I didn’t have the livest arm, I trusted my defense, still throwing strikes, hitting my spots,” Sauceda said. “And if they put it in play, I can trust my outfielders, and my middle infielders.”

Both Hollis and Krauskopf pitched an inning of relief, with Krauskopf recording the last three outs to seal the win. Krauskopf worked around a bases-loaded jam with two outs to get the final batter to ground out.

“Whenever you don’t have your best stuff, and you can still get people out, that’s whenever you start realizing that you’re starting to pitch pretty good,” Standley said. “[It’s] probably because Friday, Saturday, Sunday we were off for Easter. So, we didn’t pick up the ball for three days. Hopefully they all have their best stuff Friday.”

The Eagles (15-6) play Somerset (7-14) away on Friday, April 9th, to start off district.

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