The Mountain View High baseball team received a solid pitching performance from starter Chase Yocum in last week’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal, but the Spartans weren’t able to get him any run support.
Third-seeded Mountain View left 11 runners on base in the 2-0 loss to No. 2 San Benito June 16.
“We failed to get consecutive hits,” coach Kris Mims said.
The Spartans (15-6) totaled nine hits, three of them from Nathaniel Harris and two courtesy of Liam Barrett. Harris’ double proved to be Mountain View’s only extra-base hit.
The Haybalers (15-11) managed just five hits and only one earned run off Yocum, who pitched a complete game. The junior struck out two and walked three.
San Benito scored a run in the third to take the lead and added another in the fifth.
“It’s obviously not the result we wanted,” Mims said of the loss. “But the boys were always focused and ready to put in work every day, and as a coach that is all you can ask for.”
Mountain View followed a second-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 3-2 extra-inning win over No. 6 Pioneer in the quarterfinals June 12. In a complete-game effort, Gabe Barrett struck out 11 batters and knocked in the winning run in the ninth with a single.
Barrett is among the squad’s 11 seniors, several of whom played on the 2019 team that won the school’s first CCS title in the sport.
“We can’t replace them,” Mims said, “but I know that the younger boys will step up to fill their spots next year.”