Baseball in November

What a great day - a baseball game in November. The Spartan World Series no less. Even if it was just an intrasquad game between the San Jose State Blue and Gold I enjoyed it none the less. I even kept score so I would have something to talk about as the game ended; and I do have some comments about the game as well as notable accomplishments by some of the players.

The final score of the first game of the San Jose State Spartan World Series was 2-0 in favor of the Gold. The winning pitcher was junior transfer John Austin who was in control for most of the game. Luke Mazzanti got the save in the ninth inning and looked like he wants to be the closer. Esteban Guzman was the starting and losing pitcher for the Blue squad but could easily have been the winner with a little bit of offense.

As the score indicates pitching was the story here with little offense. I expect pitching is always ahead of hitting early in the year and this game was no exception. There was a total of 14 hits in the game with a double by Kolton Klauer being the only extra base hit. Leading hitters were Karson Klauer and Danny Stienstra with two hits and Corey Valine led all with three hits and an RBI.

John Austin started for the Gold team and went seven and two thirds innings before being removed due to pitch count, I believe. He was in control for most of the game and probably could have finished himself. He only had one nervous inning. The bases were loaded with one out in the third when he threw a ground ball which resulted in a double play. For threats that was pretty much it for the Blue team. Austin was always near the strike zone as he walked only one (very good) and struck out one. He appears to be in mid-season form as Kolton Klauer's double was the only solid hit off of the left-hander.

Esteban Guzman was the starter for the Blue and also held his own for his six innings of work. He scattered six hits with only two walks in giving up two runs which would qualify as a quality start in my book. The big sophomore right-hander looked very good and looks to get a lot more innings than he did last year. Well done indeed.

Overall I was pretty much pleased by what I saw; good pitching, good fielding, and just enough hitting. An excellent play by third baseman Michael Reiling to rob Corey Valine of his fourth hit punctuated an overall good game.

Newcomers who impressed were, of course, John Austin, freshman catcher Chris Carillo who handled himself very well behind the plate and has a strong accurate arm, and Kolton Klauer with the long double. Did you know we have two sets of brothers on the Spartans? Kolton and Karson Klauer and Patrick and Andy Hennessey. It was good to see Alex Sofranac back in uniform but discouraging to see Jason Martin in a cast. I've heard he should be ready to go by the season's start. More tomorrow.

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