A look back at the 2017 baseball season

Bradford Clarkson, Staff Writer

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As the school year comes to an end, there are many memories to reflect on. One success Walter Johnson had this year that is worthy of reflection is the varsity baseball team. Their season opener against Watkins Mill at home was a dominant performance by the Wildcats. They won the game 15-8 a great way to start off the season.

They also managed to beat rival Churchill twice this season, which is a big accomplishment and source of pride for the team. They beat them 5-4 early in the season, which was a big step in the right direction after they lost their past three games. Then, in the first round of the playoffs, the Wildcats managed to win a thriller by a score of nine to eight, ending Churchill’s season early.

Another big accomplishment was stunning Whitman in the second round of the playoffs. After losing to Whitman 3-2 early on in the season, the Wildcats prevailed in the playoffs winning the game 11-6. Junior pitcher Justin Hughes had a strong pitching performance in this game as he pitched for four innings and only gave up three hits to the Vikings. Shortstop Kyle Petersen led the Wildcats offensively, going 3-4 and hitting two doubles. The team was satisfied with their performance and happy to advance to the next round,

“It was great to beat Whitman in the playoffs. We were the underdogs and nobody thought we would be able to dominate them the way we did,” Petersen said.

However, in the next round against Blair, the Wildcats were unable to pull out the victory. Petersen did a terrific job from the mound but reached his pitch count going into the seventh inning, the final inning of the game. The Cats were up by multiple runs going into the seventh but once Petersen left the mound the Blair Blazers were able to mount a big comeback. It was a very close and hard fought game. The Wildcats were unable to hang on and secure the victory.

Overall the Wildcats had a successful season and were able to accomplish many things. Hopefully they will be able to carry that momentum into next year’s season.

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