Highlighting HHS Baseball Season
BY LUIS BURGOS
The Holtville High School’s baseball season has come to end, and the players and coaches are already gearing up to give their all next season. Making it to the second round of CIF playing against Olympian High School on May 26. Even though the team lost 7-3, the team surpassed expectations for this season. Throughout the season, a considerable number of starting players were injured, prompting many players who don’t usually start to step up to the challenge.
Cory Moreno, the head coach for the team, said, “The season went really well, a lot of ups and downs. We had a milestone win against Calexico and we doubled our win total in IVL. We made it to the second round of CIF, and also we made it to the semi final round in the Lions tournament.”
In terms of standout players, the coach mentioned Marcos Peralta, the team’s catcher who batted over 400 and made first team all league, Octavio Loya, a pitcher who made second team all league, and Luke Hernandez, who was 5 and 1, pitching with a .88 ERA.
Coach Moreno continued, “Everybody who isn’t a senior will return. Octavio Loya, Rafa Lopez, Luke Hernandez, Angel Higuera, Tino Burfield. This year, our only senior, Marcos Peralta addressed the team nearing the end of the season. He told them that he was proud of the way the team carried itself and never gave up, he acknowledged them as a brotherhood, and I believe he really enjoyed our runs in tournaments and CIF.”
Marcos Peralta, senior varsity catcher, said, ”At the end of the season, I feel this year was very bittersweet because I’ve always loved representing my town and my school on the diamond. At the same time, I’m excited to see what college baseball has to offer me.
I’m going to CETYS University, playing second division baseball in México. I’m going to have to get used to the faster pace of the game over there. Education will always go first but I will play baseball 100% like I always have all my life. Baseball has been a part of my life since I was born, even when i was little I went to go watch my dad play in Mexicali. Baseball has always been something I felt good doing because I could see how proud my family was of me when I did something and the support I had. I’ve played this game my whole life and I’ve always loved it.”
Coach Moreno is planning to get the players out during the winter for weight training and field practice in order to maximize their effectiveness during next year’s season.