Highlander baseball routs Paramount

By Yaresly Sanchez
La Habra Journal

La Habra’s Adam Castillo gave up two hits while striking out four in his six innings against Paramount Monday.

La Habra finally broke its losing streak and tacked on its first win of the year when it blew out the Paramount l Pirates 12-1 on Monday March 5.

The win was a huge one for the Highlanders who had struggled early in the season after having significant losses added not only to the teams overall standings, but also to the spirit of the team.

Highlanders Head Coach John Sothern said along with the teams win came a revival for the rest of the season.

“It gives us some life,” Sothern said. “We’ve played four tough teams and we had close games with them but you could see these guys were a little down because we weren’t winning.”

The Highlanders (1-5) got the ball rolling early in the match when senior Caleb Ramos managed a double to send sophomore Adrian De Orta to third base, followed by a single hit by senior David Covarrubias that brought home De Orta and pushed the score 3-1.

The batters weren’t the only ones contributing to the lead so far. The Highlanders pitching staff was able to keep the Pirates away from any base farther than first and only allowing one run.

And the Highlanders weren’t planning on quitting there.

A fifth inning RBI at the hands of freshman David Shackelford brought the score 4-1 before senior Braxton Hutcherson launched a double into the outfield to take the Highlanders into a comfortable 6-1 lead to end the inning.

In easy 1-2-3-out fashion, La Habra pitcher Adam Castillo was able to send the Highlanders back to warm their bats after Paramount’s scoreless departing from the plate.

Freshman David Shackelford connect on one of his two hits against Paramount Monday. Shackelford was 2 for 3 with a walk, three runs and one RBI for the Highlanders.

La Habra took advantage of its at-bats and went in full swing in the bottom of the sixth.

A single hit by senior Ricky Akles brought the score up 7-1 before a catching error allowed senior Joseph Ramirez to steal an open home base , however, what came next brought Paramount to its knees.

Hutcherson once again powered a triple to bring the score 12-1 to call the game with one out left.

By reading the pitches aggressively, Sothern said the momentum was high each time the Highlanders stepped to the plate.

“We have a specific approach (to the plate) that we preach, and we haven’t been doing a good job of that early on,” Sothern said. “But today we went out and attacked pitches with good height and obviously the outcome was good.”

Despite taking a win this time, Sothern is optimistic that the light of victory surrounding the team will bring more wins, despite what the standings show so far.

“Obviously you’re not going to go out and win every game, and it’s one of those things that it doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish,” Sothern said.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.