Arcadia shows no mercy

Apaches defeat Hoover, 15-4, in mercy-ruled game.


By Noah Durry and Andrew Torres

The Hoover High baseball team started Pacific League play with a 15-4 loss to Arcadia on Tuesday at home. 

Brandon Piehr started on the bump for Hoover in the opening league game. Arcadia started the game off extremely strong with Devin Eskridge hitting a home run scoring two to start the game off. Piehr got pulled out causing a pitcher switch. Natasha Cohen came in to finish up the inning. Arcadia ended up ending their part of the inning at 4-0. 

At the bottom of the first inning Arcadia was able to keep Hoover scoreless leaving the score at 4-0. The first batter of the second inning was hit by Cohen, later then being scored by number 14 Gabriel Lopez. Arcadia had another aggressive inning on the offensive side being able to load up the bases and make the score 8-0. Hoover wasn’t able to do much against Arcadia’s defense, ending the inning scoreless again at 8-0.

Arcadia came out strong at the start of the third with two runners on base already. Just right after they hit a home run making the score 11-0 in only the third inning. Hoover had to bring in its third pitcher of the game, bringing in junior Matthew Romero. In the bottom of the third inning, Hoover got its first hit of the game but unfortunately it couldn’t score. Romero ended up giving up 4 runs in the fourth inning making the score 15-0.

At the bottom of the fourth Hoover was able to start a rally and made the score 15-4. In the fifth inning none of the two teams. Arcadia’s closer struck out sophomore Julian Coral, making him fall to the floor, making the game end due to mercy 15-4.

Coral believes that his team is going to come out stronger when they play Arcadia again on Friday.

 “We’re gonna go out there Friday and give it our all,” he said.