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Reflecting on a great year of ball
After the Malibu High School baseball team lost in the first round of CIF playoffs 1-0 against Century High School last year, we came back with a goal to win it all. Overall, the Sharks were 14-15 in both the winter and spring seasons. During the winter season the Sharks went up against very competitive schools including previous national champions Chatsworth High School.
The Sharks struggled to score runs in pre-season, but after a few games into spring season, the Sharks started to turn up the heat. Our baseball team started the season off with a slow start, dropping the first two games to Grace Brethren. Things started to go in the right direction with the Sharks taking both games versus Santa Paula with scores of 10-0 at home, and 11-1 away. That weekend, even though it was not league, we played Chatsworth again. We played our hearts out, but in the end, Chatsworth won the battle.
After that game, the Sharks’ hottest streak of the season began. The Sharks beat Oak Park with a score of 9-0 and swept Fillmore and Carpinteria back to back. Things were going strong. The Sharks took the first game from Nordhoff, but snapped their seven-game winning league streak with a loss to Nordhoff with a score of 6-5. The Sharks dropped the last two games of the season to St. Bonaventure, but the Sharks’ league record was good enough to make playoffs.
As a team, the Sharks posted an impressive .297 batting average, a .365 on base percentage, and a .925 fielding percentage. William Tamkin achieved a very impressive 1.12 ERA while pitching a winning season going 8-3 with 74 strikeouts and only giving up one home run. Senior Justin Truschke had a great final season playing with the Sharks. He went 5-5 with a 2.72 ERA and 57 strikeouts while only giving up one home run.
Senior Trevor Simonian led the Sharks with four home runs, and junior Tyler Ray hit one home run, while also being the first Malibu High baseball player to hit the cycle. This historic achievement came to Ray while Malibu played Animo Leadership in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Ray went 5 for 5 with a walk while he hit two singles, a double, a triple and a home run to finish the cycle. The Sharks dominated Animo winning with a score of 20-2.
The Sharks won their next two playoff games, taking the W against Polytechnic 3-0 and Barstow 11-1.
The end to the Sharks’ history-making season occurred during the semifinals of CIF. Malibu lost in an away game against Moreno Valley. It was a good game, and the Sharks fought to the very last inning, but as all good things have to come to an end, Malibu lost to Moreno Valley 6-4.
The 2016-17 Malibu Sharks baseball team made it further than any other team in MHS history, and it is determined to come back next year ready to take a championship.