Center fielder Jack Gould ...

Center fielder Jack Gould looks to connect during the Islander’s victory over Olympian High school on Saturday afternoon.

Another week and yet another win for the Coronado Islanders baseball team. No, it wasn’t an undefeated week as many Islander fans have become used to, but it was still a strong 1-1 week thanks to the Islanders win over Olympian High School by the final of 11-4.

Again, it was not perfect, as in the Islanders first game of the week, they fell to Montgomery 5-0. But a team’s ability to bounce back and respond is always important to know and see first-hand.

“It was really important for us to bounce back after Montgomery heading into Lions Tournament,” said Islanders Head Coach Morgan Cummins. “We have some tough games coming up which will be a good test for us.”

For the victory over Olympian, Cummins handed the ball to senior starter Max Murray. The senior would not disappoint on bump as he yet again shoved over the four innings he worked. Murray would yet again use his overpowering fastball and fall-off-the-table slider to strike out five while allowing just two hits.

Piggybacking off the strong performance from Murray would be the duo of Mateo Villanueva and Noah Trieschman, who would finish off the final three innings of work.

“Max showed great composure to keep executing pitches,” said Cummins. “I though the umpire was squeezing him in the first, but once he settled in he was tough to hit.”

But folks, while the pitching staff held it down, the team’s bats stole the show in the win.

Coronado would get a huge push from the top of their lineup as they would get another banner day from both Patch Moore and Chance Pettit, as both went for three RBIS and two-plus hits on the afternoon.

“Patch and Chance stepped up for us,” said Cummins. “I think the entire team did a good job of making the pitcher come into the strike zone. We knew in advance that he had a tendency to be wild, so couple that with an umpire with a tight zone, I think our offense did a great job of not chasing bad pitches.”

But it didn’t stop there; Shane Cannon also answered the bell with an impressive three hits and three RBIs himself.

Also of note, JT Nelson and Colton Miller showed great patience at the plate, as they both reached base multiple times, which allowed the Islanders to flip the lineup and put runners in scoring position for the top of their lineup.

It may sound like a similar message, but this is the type of game the Islanders will need to play to win games. They’re going to get quality starting pitching in nearly every game they play. That’s a given.

While on offense, they must stay patient and come through in time. It’s not an offense that will slug or play long ball, but it can be effective and potent when they play with the approach they had this past week.

With the 11-4 win over Olympian, Coronado’s record now sits at 6-4. The Islanders will have no games this coming week due to Coronado High School’s Spring Break but will be back in action on Monday, April 3.

VOL. 113, NO. 13- Mar. 29, 2023

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