Hoover suffers loss to start season

Baseball team falls to Oakwood at home.


By Noah Durry and Cedric Lynum

The Hoover High baseball team opened the 2022 season with an 11-8 loss to Oakwood on Wednesday in a nonleague home game.

Junior Brandon Piehr started on the mound for Hoover.

With senior Joaquin Rodriguez leading off, Hoover took the early lead in the first inning making the score 3-1. 

Oakwood eventually tied the score with a double at the top of the third inning making the score 3-3. 

Hoover senior Tristan Ulloa hit a deep single to start off the bottom of the third inning, and sophomore Julian Coral came in to pinch run for him. Junior Jose Mendez scored Coral in followed by junior Fernando Gallegos scoring Mendez in to make the score 5-3 in the bottom of the third.

Piehr started the fourth inning with a walk, causing him to get switched with senior Tony Torrez.. Piehr ended up with three strikeouts and three runs allowed. 

Torrez allowed Oakwood to tie the score up on walks making the score 5-5. 

After this, yet another switch was called bringing in Gallegos. Oakwood took the lead after two consecutive hits making the score 8-5. 

In the sixth, Piehr scored making the score 8-6 but in the inning right after the score was 11-6. 

“I mean today’s game was ok honestly, we played scared and it wasn’t what we do, we came out and didn’t have the drive we needed to win games,” Piehr said. “We made many errors as a team and just broke down as the game went on.”

Mendez agreed with Piehr about losing it towards the end of the game. 

“We ran on the field with prowess but lost heart towards the end ultimately causing our downfall,” Mendez said.