After a three-game home sweep against Redwoods on Feb. 1-2, Hartnell Baseball is 4-2 on the
season, with three more home games this week – against De Anza on Feb. 6 and against
American River on Feb. 8-9. The Panthers opened the Redwood series by winning a double-
header, 5-4 and 3-1, then took the third game 16-4 on Feb. 2. They lost at West Valley on Jan.
The Panthers completed the sweep with a show of offensive force. Freshman infielder Isiah
Bueno (San Benito H.S.) led the way on offense, going 3-5 at the plate with six RBIs, while
sophomore centerfielder Andrew Mier (Salinas H.S.) was 3-3 with 4 RBIs. In his first college
start on the mound, freshman lefthander Nolan Maldonado (Los Osos H.S.) threw six innings of
one-run ball and kept the Redwoods batters off balance all game. Freshman Anthony Ramirez
(Soledad H.S.) threw one scoreless inning in relief.
In the double-header opener, Hartnell rallied in the bottom of the ninth to win in walk-off fashion,
thanks to a pinch-hit single by freshman Eduardo Garcia (Alisal H.S.), who broke a 4-4 tie with
runners on first and third. Starting pitcher Anthony Fashano (Elk Grove H.S.) led the way on the
mound, allowing just one run in seven strong innings. Sophomore second baseman Davin
Kapuras (Pearl City H.S.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and
two runs. The Panthers won the second game on brilliant pitching by sophomore Tommy
Castro (Gilroy H.S.), who struck out eight Redwoods batters through seven strong innings.
Castro is now second in the entire state for total strikeouts, at 17. Bueno continued his surge at
the plate, going 1-2 with an RBI and playing a solid shortstop.
In the loss against West Valley, the Panthers took an early lead by plating five runs in the top of
the second. The teams exchanged leads throughout the game, but Hartnell couldn’t hold onto
its 7-3 margin in the sixth. They were led offensively yet again by freshman first baseman Chris
Wright (Trinity Christian H.S.) who was 2-4 at bat, with three RBIs. Mier also had a productive
day at the plate, going 2-5 with a pair of doubles. Freshman pitcher Giovanni Gonzalez
(Watsonville H.S.) threw one scoreless inning in relief.