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Sharks dominate Villanova 7-4 at home
The Malibu High School baseball team ensured their tie for first place in the Frontier League after a 7-4 win against Villanova at home on Friday, May 9.
A strong six-inning performance from junior Andre Simoneau on the mound, paired with an aggressive Sharks offense driven by Chase Lambert who put up three RBIs, secured the win for the Sharks despite a four-run rally from Villanova in the seventh inning.
The win granted the Sharks a 5-3 record in league play, tying them with four other teams including Carpinteria.
If the Sharks are able to secure two wins in their games against Carpinteria on Tuesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 15, they will be guaranteed at least a tie for their second consecutive league title. But, with four teams currently vying for first place in the league, and only three automatic playoff spots available, this week will be the deciding factor for playoff placement.
But, for Sharks head coach Ari Jacobs Malibu’s hard work on the field, which has won them five out of their last six league games, will serve them well against tough competition.
“There are lots of combinations of how [this week] will go and how the playoff picture will shape up,” Jacobs said. “[This week’s] two-game series will be exciting baseball. This is what we’ve worked so hard all year round for as a team. I know the boys are excited and ready to go.”
The Sharks will play Carpinteria in the second game of their series at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Carpinteria High School.