Nathan Garkow, 11, reaches out to make the catch. (Photo by Louis Lopez)
Charter Oak High School

Chargers complete sweep of Panthers

The Charter Oak High School baseball team has been on a tear throughout league play. Despite going on a losing streak recently, they bounced back on April 15 against league rival Diamond Ranch High School for the second time this season. On April 17, the Chargers faced them again for the final time, winning 4-1 to break out the brooms.

The Chargers had a rocky start to the game, giving up a run in the top of the first inning and being kept off the board in the bottom half. The Panthers looked confident and seemed like they expected to pull off this victory, however things would change very quickly after they were shut out in the top of the second.

In the bottom of the second, Charter Oak took control of the game. Jaren Surdo tied up the game with an RBI single, followed by a sacrifice from Julian Rodriguez to take the lead and leave a runner on second base. A couple at bats later, Matt Orozco blasted one deep into the outfield for a double while two more Chargers crossed the plate, taking a 4-1 lead by the end of the inning.

From that point on, the game was a defensive battle. Diamond Ranch had a couple threatening innings later on, but Charter Oak would always find a way out unscathed. The Panthers also played some good defense on their side, as the Chargers were unable to add any more runs onto their lead. After seven innings, the game was called and the Chargers finished their sweep of the Panthers by a score of 4-1.

With this win, Charter Oak moves into sole possession of second place in the Hacienda League behind Los Altos High School, who they beat by a score of 17-2 earlier in the season. Their next game is actually a rematch against the rival Conquerors at home on April 22, the first of a two game series in which the Chargers have an opportunity to tie and later take first place for themselves. The Hacienda League Championship is right there for the taking, and it will be won or lost next week.