RJ Baseball Prepares for a State Championship Run
A Look Into An Unlikely Loss To Ponderosa High School on Monday, May 1st
May 2, 2023
Regis Jesuit Baseball fans are taken aback by the recent 13-11 loss to Ponderosa High School on Monday, May 1st. With players like Jace Filleman ’25 who left for Mexico over the summer for a service project, the team has learned to be resilient. In the coming days, RJ Baseball faces Mountain Vista, Thunder Ridge, and Legend High School.
Andrew Bell ’24, who scored three of the Raiders’ eleven runs told us in a post-game interview that “[the team was] ready to play, [Ponderosa] just got the better hand today.” Recognizing the competitive nature of varsity baseball, he also went on to tell us that “[the Raiders] can get beat by any team, and [they] can beat any team; [they] just have to be ready to play.”
The Raiders are rolling off their first game back from a calm and game-less weekend ready to dominate the field in their next games. Although they lost by two runs, senior Evan Di Tanna who had 4 plate appearances recounts the feeling he had upon hitting his first career home run. “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and I got one,” he said. After being absent for a “couple of games” Evan believes that this home run and all his achievements with the team thus far will stay with him even after college.
As we have been told in past interviews with Coach Darr and Jace Filleman, the team remains driven by their brotherhood and will continue to fight until victory. The team has a visible aura of love and respect for each other, and this will carry forward with them until the end of the season.
Despite the unfortunate result of today’s game, both Bell and di Tanna mentioned the team needing to go back to the basics and refocus by “paying more attention to detail”. With this new mentality and regained animation, the Regis Jesuit Raiders are looking to beat Mountain Vista, Thunder Ridge, and Legend later this week.