Baseball Falls to 3rd in State Rankings

Alex Jordan, Staff Writer

The varsity baseball team’s record stands at 14-2-1 after losing to Dougherty Valley on Tuesday, April 17th.  The loss dropped the Cougars to third in the state rankings according to Maxpreps.com. Senior James Marvel said, “It was a small speed bump. We’ll get back on track to winning NCS.”

“We want to be playing at our best going into playoffs,” added Marvel, the team’s pitching ace. According to Marvel the team’s number one goal all season has been to win the last game of the year, the NCS championship. Their biggest challenge going into the last 10 games will be beating Miramonte and Acalanes, who also look to be post season contenders.

Campo beat Miramonte 4-1 on April 24th, but lost to Acalanes 5-0 on May 1st.

Cougar baseball practices go from 3:30 to dusk. A typical day at practice includes separate drills for infielders and outfielders, batting practice, sprinting, and stretching.

Chemistry is one reasons for the squad’s consistent success. Coach Max Luckhurst said, “If there’s no chemistry, its tough to win.” He added, “It’s all about playing for the guy next to you.” Most of the team has been playing together since junior high and knows each others strengths and weaknesses.

Luckhurst said that the team is well prepared physically, but the players need to maintain their mental focus if they want to win NCS.  He explained that the long grind of the season can begin to take its toll on the players as they approach the championship games.

On Saturday May 5th, the Cougars battled Clovis West in a non-conference game at the Oakland Collesium.

Clovis West, currently ranked tenth in the state according to maxpreps.com beat Campo 3-1.