On January 26, 2018 the Hartnell Baseball team started of what hopes to be a stellar season in a 4-3 win over City College of San Francisco. Led by Head Coach Travis Babin, the team was most eager to get the season going and compete against teams from other schools. This first game was a great way to start the season; both teams made the game interesting and go all 9 innings with great effort. After some great defensive play, in the first inning, Hartnell was the first to bring it home as they went up 1-0, Sophomore (#6) Ryan Clack was able to make it home after a hit by (#12) Timothy Burkhardt. Continuing on the Panthers allowed the Rams to tie, at the top of the 3rd inning. At the bottom of the third inning, both teams would go on a defensive headlock until the bottom of the 5th inning where Hartnell would pounce to put two more on the board thanks to (#2) Nick Gardoni and (#14) JJ Rodriguez. It was smooth sailing as the Panthers added one more in the 7th inning through (#16) Kacee Takasaki but heading into the 8th inning San Francisco brought themselves within one score after putting up 2 runs. Fortunately, the Panther defensive prowess was enough to hold onto a wing and great start to the season.
On January 30, Our Hartnell Panthers went up against the West Valley Vikings and in unbelievable turn of event remained tied at 3-3 as the game had to be postponed as extra innings lead to the loss of sunlight substantial enough for the continuation of the game. Due to this circumstance the game has moved to March first and kick off in the top of the 10th with the Vikings at bat.