The Clarion

Bears Baseball Making Big Moves

By KHORI CRANFORD

The Selma Bears baseball team has had a memorable and exciting season. They finished with a 10-5 record in the Central Sequoia League, giving them a 16-11 overall record.

The boys were in a three-way-tie for first place in the league, head to head with both Immanuel and Kingsburg High School. They played Kingsburg on Friday, May 11 beating the Vikings 5-1 to become Co-League Champs with Immanuel.

Coach Hollett was happy and thankful for Friday’s win.

Senior Night went very well and all the players and their families were honored before the game for their hard work and dedication.

The Bears made it to playoffs this year, but lost 7-4 to Madera South on Tuesday, May 15.

“We started off a little slow and sort of rough, but we’ve really come together and progressed,” said junior Ryan Naranjo.

The Bears made the playoffs last years as well, but came up short losing in the first round to Kerman.

“I think we had a pretty good season,” explained senior Peter Lallas. There’s been a lot of learning and bonding on the team, and we’re really jelled together at this point. Everyone has a common goal and we all hold each other accountable in order to achieve that.”

“We may not have finished with the outcome we wanted in playoffs but we had a great season,” said senior Justice Arranda. We learned from our mistakes for the  next time and it really showed for that next game. We’d come back as a team and pick each other up.”

They remained positive and understand what it takes to be successful this far into the season.

“Each game allows us to test our progress of what we have learned and what we have to learn to be successful in life,” said Coach Lewis. “As we near the end of the season we embrace each challenge as an opportunity to grow and mature, striving to reach our full potential as student athletes and young men.”

“It was a great run but unfortunately all things come to an end,” said senior Jacob French. “I had a great experience with my brothers and I wouldn’t trade them for anyone. They’ve had my back from day one.”