Heading into the end of the spring season, the Ojai Valley School boys’ baseball team remains undefeated, 8-0, in league play. The Spuds narrowly defeated the second place Newbury Park Adventist team, 8-7 on Thursday night. Newbury jumped out to an early lead and OVS trailed until the 7th inning, then scored five runs to take the lead 8-6. The team as a whole played well, with strong pitching from sophomore Tyler Davis, junior Nolan Colborn and freshman Derek Mendoza. Freshman Adrian Ortiz continues to be the top hitter for the Spuds, who play again Friday, May 4 on the road against Summit View school in Los Angeles.
Coach Doug Colborn credits their success not only to their skill, but also to their closeness as a team and their sincere love of the game.
“We’re all brothers. It’s not a matter of trying to sell them on that — they feel it too,” said Colborn. And that extends way beyond the field, he added. “If one of them needs help studying for a chemistry test, another one of his teammates will pick him up. It’s super cool to see that.”
Next season holds plenty of promise, as well. The 3 graduating seniors will be replaced by 3 incoming freshmen who have played on traveling teams.
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