Charter Oak needed to win badly. They had just lost three straight games, all of them chances to take over first place in the Hacienda League. Now, however, they were fighting to keep their season alive. The Chargers knew they could not afford to lose again, and they didn’t plan on doing so going into their two-game series with West Covina.
On May 6, CO traveled to WC to take on the Bulldogs, who had already beaten them 6-5 earlier in the season. The Chargers got the bats swinging right away, scoring two runs in the top of the first to start the game, West Covina would respond by scoring a run of their own in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 Charter Oak. After looking like this might be a shoot out after the first inning, both offenses cooled down and this game turned into a defensive battle, as nobody would score for the next few innings. Charter Oak finally broke the silence in the top of the sixth inning with a run scored and would cruise to take the first game of the series by a score of 3-1.
CO hosted the second game on May 8, and they did not let up one bit. The first inning was scoreless, however the Chargers would strike first in the bottom of the second. They would add three more runs to their lead in the third inning, and one more in the fourth. It was as though they had knocked the wind out of the Bulldogs and wouldn’t give them any room to breathe. West Covina would finally score in the top of the fifth, but that would be all the Bulldogs could muster. The fat lady had already sang, and the tune was a dominating 5-1 Charter Oak win.
The Chargers finished their season on May 15 on the road against fifth-place Chino. They will be overwhelming favorites, however at this point CO can’t afford to take anyone lightly if they want to advance to the playoffs. The stage is set, now it’s time to see if Charter Oak can perform.