Five straight losses in Central California Conference play will have head coach Harley Parson peering to the horizon for the rest of this spring. Following their 10-1 and 9-1 loss to El Capitan on April 6-7, the Tigers were eliminated from a playoff berth, finishing in fifth place overall in the CCC.
“This is just a tough season from start to finish. We just couldn’t get any hits. Our hitting all year long was just not what I thought it would be. They worked at it, but when it came to games it just wasn’t there,” head coach Harley Parson said following the game.
Unfortunately for Patterson, they did struggle at the plate this season. The Tigers put together a .204 average at the plate as a team, but despite their woes offensively, Patterson still had a shot at a playoff berth heading into the final week of the season.
Patterson had a pair of games against El Capitan for a chance to right the ship, and close in on Golden Valley for the fourth and final playoff spot, but it was not meant to be for the varsity baseball squad.
Golden Valley lost to Buhach Colony on Monday, but the Tigers were unable to take advantage and close that one game gap between the two heading into the week.
It wasn’t the ending one would hope for, but for the seniors on the squad, it was the final game they would play in a Tigers uniform.
“I appreciate all their hard work in the season trying to mentor the younger guys. These four seniors didn’t have the season they wanted, or the stats they wanted, but they came to every game, every practice, and worked hard. As a coach that’s all we can ask for,” Parson said.
The seniors honored on Tuesday were Miguel Alvarez, Ryan Phelps, Alex Mora and Joseph McGarry.
Although Patterson will lose four seniors from their starting lineup, the Tigers will still have a young core of players returning next year. Parson hopes to expand the program, and stresses to his players the importance of continuing to play the sport throughout the year, and not just in the spring. Changes are on the horizon, according to Parson.
“This sport, especially the league we play in now, you can’t just show up when baseball starts. You must play year around. We probably have two travel ball kids. That’s the thing with the younger kids even coming up, I got to have them playing more games,” Parson said. “I don’t think Patterson has had a summer program in a while. I’m stressing to these kids to play a lot more. This whole program is going to be changing. This was a feeling-out season.”