The Arlington boys baseball team travelled to the Bearcat Jamboree to take on Monroe and the Ingraham Rams on March 8.
The jamboree was set up so that each team played three innings against each other for a total of six innings played. The Eagles started off their day against the Rams as they scored quickly in the first inning. Their pitching was strong as they shutout Ingraham in the first two innings and kept their bats alive, scoring two more runs in the second inning. The Rams managed to cross the plate twice in the final inning, but it wasn’t enough as Arlington took the 3-2 victory.
In the second matchup against the Bearcats, Arlington kept their strong defense and showed off their deep pitching rotation. Through three innings the Eagles shutout Monroe and scored once in the second inning to take the 1-0 win.
“These games give us a chance to play against someone other than ourselves. It’s important for our pitchers to see some different hitters and for our hitters to get used to hitting on different pitchers. I think it helps us get some of those early season jitters out early,” said Arlington Head Coach Scott Striegel.
Throughout the jamboree Camdon Anderson, Michael Tsoukalas, Owen Bishop and the Eagles entire pitching staff played amazing. Anderson, senior third baseman, went 2-3 at the plate with three runs, three stolen bases and two singles. Tsoukalas, sophomore catcher, only had one hit but turned that into a double and two RBIs. Bishop, junior outfielder, had two hits of his own with one RBI, two singles and also threw two strikeouts in the final game. Arlington played a total of six pitchers and each one of them threw at least one strikeout to total eight overall.
Last season the Eagles were on fire as they went undefeated in league games going 18-0, 22-3 overall record, and battling their way into the State Tournament. In the offseason they lost five senior starters but return the majority of their very experienced roster. Behind nine seniors and a long list of talented young players, Arlington looks poised for another successful year.
“We need to come out and play well. As long as we take care of the things we can control I think we’ll do really well this year,” said Coach Striegel.
If you want to come out and support the Eagles their next home game will be against the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m.