Bay Breaker Sports Blog – Part 3

Enjoy Part 3 of Jake ’14’s Senior Signature Project, a varsity sports blog informing readers about The Bay School sports community.

Baseball

As playoffs grow near, the Bay baseball team is playing the best ball of its season. The team is riding a seven game winning streak (not including a scrimmage win against O’Connell) and has a real chance to finish the regular season with victories in each of the next five games as well. The two wins that stand out above the others in the recent streak of games have come against Lick-Wilmerding and Athenian. The exciting 7-6 win against the Lick Tigers on April 19, who are 14-9 overall and second in the BCL West standings, was a very important first non-league victory of the season.   The 1-0 victory against the Owls of Athenian that took place on May 5 probably felt even greater for the Breakers, as Bay lost by one run to the Owls in the first round of NCS last year. Another noteworthy performance came against Gateway on April 22, when sophomore Patrick Mayrisch was able to garner some regional attention for his “perfect” showing on the mound. Against the Gators, Mayrisch pitched the best game of his young career at Bay and even managed to cement his name in Bay sports history by throwing the institute’s first perfect game. Mayrisch didn’t allow a single Gateway player to reach first base in the game and ended up striking out seven of the 15 batters he faced in five innings. For those interested in learning more about Patrick’s perfecto, read a recap of the historic game written by my SSP mentor, Daniel Rathman.

The Breakers have offset their slow start to the season with a strong April and start to May, as the record has improved to 9-6 on the season. With three more games this week and two next week before the BCL Central championship, Bay must continue its winning ways in order to boost the season resume and impress the NCS playoff rankers and hopefully receive a good seed. The last two league games of the season are today (May 6) at Pescadero and May 8 against Waldorf at Big Rec field. Wins in both of those games would complete the second undefeated league season in a row. The toughest opponent in the next two weeks is probably University high school, who the Breakers defeated 6-0 in 2013. The rivalry between the Breakers and the Red Devils, who are third in the BCL West, has certainly heated up in recent years, and the game on May 10 at Paul Goode field will certainly be worth attending. The Bay schedule will finish up against two non-league opponents in International HS and Sonoma Academy. The game against International, who are last in the BCL West, is scheduled for May 12 at Big Rec field, and the match-up against the Coyotes of Sonoma Academy will take place on May 15 at the beautiful Doyle Park in Santa Rosa.

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Boys Golf

When the match between the Bay and Stuart Hall golf teams ended on April 3, so did the careers of five Bay seniors. Next year’s team will certainly miss the play and leadership of team captain Zack Ticktin, but fellow seniors Nick Bennett, Kyle Fowler, Ben Gerstein, and Emmett Greenberg will also be missed for their on and off-field impact.

The golf team struggled to an overall record of 1-7, but had some high points over the course of the season. The one victory came against Urban, which will provide next year’s team with some bragging rights when they face off again. There is also some reason for excitement in 2015, as 14 of the players on this year’s team are likely to be returning. Two students that will probably lead next year’s golf squad will be Sophomore Nathan Wang and freshman Eamon Dwyer, who both played important roles on the 2014 team. It will be exciting to see how the returning players’ progress over the next nine months and whether or not next year’s golf team will be able to consistently compete against the talented squads that fill up the rest of the BCL West division.

Lacrosse

There may not be a team at Bay that has improved over the past year as much as the lacrosse team. After losing seasons in the first two years of its existence, including a 3-8 record in 2013, the lax team has clinched the one-seed in league and will get a first round bye in the playoffs before playing on Friday against the winner of the game between Drew and Stuart Hall. The Breakers were able to win their last four games of the regular season and six of the final seven on their way to a 7-3 record. Three of the last four victories have come against schools with larger student bodies in San Rafael HS (11-9 victory), Washington HS (18-4), and Archbishop Riordan (13-2). Now that the most important game of the year is only days away, the 24 players that make up the largest spring roster at Bay are hoping that they have saved their best for last. A league championship and success in NCS would be the perfect way for the five seniors to go out with a bang.

Boys Tennis

While the Boys tennis team has not yet reached its desired success, the team’s level of play continues to move in the right direction. The team followed up last year’s playoff berth with a second in a row. On April 28, the team lost to Urban in the first round of the playoffs in a competitive game that ended with a score of four sets to three. The overall record of 4-7 isn’t spectacular, but for such a young team with no seniors, Bay made some major strides. All 12 members of this year’s team are likely returning in 2015, and they will again be led by Brooks Carmen, who was victorious individually in the playoff match, along with his fellow captains from this year, Arun Desai and Alex Evers. While the team season is over, some players from Bay still have a chance to do some damage in the individual playoff tournament, which runs from May 5 to May 8. It’s safe to say that the future looks bright for the young Breakers tennis team.

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Boys Volleyball

The 2014 boys’ volleyball made some major strides this past year, as a 4-6 record in 2013 turned into a 2014 record of 10-4. The team tallied a 6-1 regular season league record, including a victory on April 29 against Chinese Christian, who had been undefeated in league before the match. On May 2, the Breakers defeated Oakland Military Institute, which gave Bay a share of the BCL regular season championship. Now that the regular season is over, the team can turn its attention to playoffs this week. The semi-final game is today (May 6) against OMI, and if Bay can pull out a victory, they will play the championship on Friday, May 9. Both games are on Coast Guard Island in Oakland. Even after the playoffs, the season is unlikely to be over yet, as NCS is right around the corner. Hopefully for senior captain Sam Koch, the season and his career at Bay isn’t drawing to a close in the near future. Koch’s teammates are also hoping that this magical season has not reached its end just yet.

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Co-Ed Sailing

Bay co-ed sailing had an amazing season this year, solidifying the squad as one of the powerhouse sailing teams in the bay area. Multiple sailers had strong showings throughout the year, and the same continued in the most important events, the Pacific Coast Championship gold and silver races and the NorCal Championships.

In the NorCal event that took place on March 22 and 23 at the St. Francis Yacht Club, Chloe Bohannon and Sammy Shea finished sixth out of 28 gold fleets, while the second Bay boat with skippers Tyler Krill and Sumner Strumph and a crew of Sabrina Perell and Julianna Testa finished 21st. In the PCC silver race, which took place at the Encinal Yacht Club on April 26 and 27, the Bay boats finished 11th out of 28. And finally, in the PCC gold race, located at the San Diego Yacht Club & the Port of San Diego on April 26 and 27, the Bay boats finished 13th out of 22. Competing so well in the toughest races of the season certainly made other schools aware of the Breakers. The final rankings of the season place Bay at 14th out of 59 schools, an impressive ranking for one of the smallest schools in the standings. Seniors Isabelle du Moulin, Tyler Krill, and Sabrina Perell had great seasons to end their Bay careers, and all three will certainly be missed next year, when Sammy Shea and Nolan Van Dine lead the way as the only seniors on the team.

Girls Soccer

Wow! The girls’ soccer team has had quite the impressive season. The Breakers regular season ended on May 1 with a 6-0 victory against San Domenico, which stretched the team’s winning streak to seven games and improved their league record to 9-0-1, with the one tie coming against second-seeded Drew. In league, Bay has only allowed five goals in ten games compared to 42 goals of their own. The girls haven’t lost any of their last 12 games, dating all the way back to March 5 against International, and they aren’t looking to change that fact any time soon. The team has two important games scheduled this week, as they are set to take on Waldorf on Wednesday, May 6, in the first round of the BCL Central playoffs, and if Bay can win that game, they will need to beat the winner of the Drew vs. Gateway game. An NCS game is also likely to be in the not-so-distant future, but priority number one for Bay should be winning one game at a time. One thing to watch in the next few weeks will be the goalie situation for the Breakers, as junior goalie Michelle Chui was injured last week and will likely miss the rest of the season.

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Softball

With four games remaining in the 2014 softball schedule, the team is 3-6 on the season, all against league opponents. The Breakers have already been eliminated from contention for first place in the BCL national league standings (Fremont Christian is 9-1 on the season), but the girls have still found some success over the course of the season. The team has struggled against the four schools with the best records in 2014, but have found great success against OMI and Emery, the six and seven seeds respectively in the league. Bay has a 3-0 record against the two bottom-dwellers so far, and a game against OMI on May 12 will likely give Bay another win, but the other three games will likely be harder to win. On May 7, Bay faces non-league opponent Rincon Valley Christian, who have a record just above .500, out in Santa Rosa. Then the Breakers play fourth seeded Urban on May 9, followed by OMI on the 12th, and then Urban once again on May 14 to close out the season. Now that the championship is out of reach, the girls, and the five seniors in particular, should focus on enjoying their last four games as a team.

In the upcoming weeks, the blog will focusing on playoff games and interesting individual and team statistics. Thanks to Mike Milne for his photography.

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