Fri, Mar 23 2012 04:45 PM Posted By: Nicholas Gasparro
After posting a 20-14 record last year, the Bonita Vista Barons hope to keep the momentum rolling in 2012.
“Expectations are always to win league,” BVHS head coach Vincent Gervais said.
That is something the Barons have done in each of the past two seasons, sharing last year’s Mesa League title with the Eastlake Titans after winning outright possession of the league banner in 2010.
Bonita Vista is off to a 3-4 start this season, including a 1-4 showing in the recent Hilltop Lolitas tournament. The record is somewhat misleading in that the Barons have played five of the top 10 ranked teams in the San Diego Section thus far: Rancho Bernardo (3-0 loss), El Capitan (4-2 win), Granite Hills (2-1 loss), Poway (5-2 loss) and Rancho Buena Vista (7-0 loss).
El Capitan defeated Cathedral Catholic, 3-0, to win the Hilltop tournament championship, showing the Barons are not that far off the pace from the top. The Vaqueros entered the week ranked No. 1 among San Diego teams.
“It was a tough schedule, but I prefer that early in the season because it prepares us for the upcoming games in league,” Gervais said.
This year’s BVHS the varsity team is led by captains Troy Cruz, Miguel Solano-Espinosa and Alex Quiros.
Cruz, who recently committed to play college baseball at UC San Diego, said he is no longer satisfied settling for another Mesa League championship as he looks for bigger and greater challenges.
“I always expect to win league, and that philosophy does not change this year, but with the talent we have on this team I expect us to really compete for CIF and anything less will be considered a failure,” he said.
After sharing the championship with Eastlake last year, the big question is if the Barons can do it again.
“Eastlake is always the team to beat, this year will be no different,” Gervais said.
The Titans are off to a Metro Conference-best 6-1 start.
For the first time in six years, four sophomores are on this year’s BVHS team: Esteban Velasco, Seth Godfrey, Danny Siwek, and Eduardo Perez. Siwek is one of the elite pitchers on the Baron pitching staff, with Perez and Velasco as starting field players, with occasional starts by Godfrey.
Godfrey needs no introduction. He was a member of the 2009 Chula Vista Blue Bombers Little League World Series championship team.
“Looking around at the talent we have really gets me excited to get this season started,” Gervais said.
With eight returning players and young talent on the team, the goals are set high.
“We have a young and talented team, and if we can learn to slow the game down and control the chaos we should be very competitive,” Gervais said.
With league starting on April 17 against Otay Ranch (off to a 4-3 start this season), the Barons feel they are capable of yet another promising season.
“We had our ups and downs during the preseason, but I really like how our team is looking and I feel we have the potential to beat anyone,” Gervais said.
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