By Deonta Watson-Gray
Finally on Monday, April 10th the boys varsity baseball team had their first game against Gateway High school. After two weeks straight of rain outs and practicing in the gym the boys were excited to play. Going into the game the team had high expectations for the game and the season. Returning captains: Deonta Watson Gray(Starting center fielder), Travis Henry(Catcher), and Tavion Willis(Ace pitcher/Starting shortstop), all wanted to start the season off with a win. Deonta, Travis, and Tavion decided that they will not let the season go in the same direction as the past years. Everyone on the team knows these players are the heart of the team. With Deonta being top 10 in the conference in stolen bases, Tavion leading the conference in pitching for strikeouts, and Travis being one of the best catchers in the conference it’s clear that these players set the tone. The Bulldogs got off to an ok start scoring 3 runs over the course of 3 innings. Soon after the third inning started Tavion Willis started a spark for the Bulldogs when he hit an inside the park home run. Right after his massive hit Travis Henry hit a deep shot to left field which led to a triple. After scoring a good amount of runs the Bulldogs went up 9-8 after the course of 6 innings. With the change of pitchers, senior pitcher Damon Adams had the weight of the game on his shoulders. He knew he couldn’t give up any runs. If they scored any runs the game would go into the seventh inning, and if we got the last three outs without them scoring the game was over. Damon showed up striking three batters out to end the game. After the game coach Willis said, “We’ve been waiting a while to play a game and we finally got the chance. This was far from a good game for us, but the wrinkles will go away after a couple games”. The team knows they will have to get better in order to go far in districts like they plan. As long as they continue to get better the team will grow and play the best baseball Berkeley has seen.