Panthers keep grinding towards the end of the season

Panthers keep grinding towards the end of the season

Our Hartnell Panthers Baseball team continues to dig their claws into the mound and keep pounding away. Standing at (9-20) our Panthers haven't had the easiest season, at one point dropping 10 games back to back. Head Coach Babin and the rest of the coaching staff’s continuous push of the team’s preparation and play has produced a huge turn around. At one point, Hartnell won 5 games in a row against tough competition, now reaching conference play Hartnell continues to fight and have a solid (5-4) record in conference. In their last 5 games, the Panthers were only able to walk away with one win. In this stretch Hartnell only produced 13 runs while allowing their opponents to dish out 37 runs in total. Offense has been a big part of the team's success. In their last 3 wins they had a total of 22 runs behind (#12) Timothy Burkhardt’s batting average of .358 and (#2) Nick Gardoni’s .342 batting average. Moving forward Hartnell has to get back to hitting these balls with precision. Along with that, the pitching has allowed a total of 39 runs in the last 5 losses. With the games getting tougher towards this end of the season the Panthers need to limit those huge run games and keep them within a competitive distance. Pitchers such as (#3) Joseph Gutierrez, (#15) Anthony Fashano and (#8) Ricardo Torres look to get that job done to put Hartnell in a position of success. Hartnell faces conference/division rival Cabrillo College Tuesday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. on Cabrillo’s Home field. Go Panthers!