It has been a good ride for the Charter Oak High baseball team. After going through their ups and downs throughout the season, they caught fire at the right time and were able to fight their way into a playoff spot by winning their last three games. However, going into the first round of CIF, the Chargers were taking on the heavily favored Redondo Union Sea Hawks, who boasted a 24-7 record (14-1 at home). It would be a battle against all odds, but if anyone could do it, it would be Charter Oak.
The Chargers got off to a dream start in the top of the first by scoring the first run and taking an early lead. However, it would soon turn into a nightmare as Redondo Union scored three runs in the first and two more in the second to take a commanding 5-1 lead over CO.
Charter Oak couldn’t seem to get anything going on offense, and the Redondo Union defense certainly wasn’t making things any easier. The Sea Hawks scored one more time in the bottom of the fourth inning and shut the Chargers down for the rest of the game to cruise to a 6-1 win over CO.
Well, that’s it for baseball season from Charter Oak, and with the end of baseball season also marks the end of spring sports, which means it is now time for CO to prepare for a new season cycle starting in the fall. With one season of Hacienda League experience under their belts and several teams finding new success last season, Charter Oak has now put the Hacienda on notice: We are back and better than ever. That league championship is ours. That mentality is what makes high school sports so great, and it truly has been an honor to cover not just baseball, but sports in general over these last two years.