The baseball team (10–8) was shut out by the Damascus Hornets (15–2) 10–0 on Monday’s community night.
The Hornets went up 1–0 in the first inning after their leadoff batter hit a homerun, but strong defense from both sides kept the game deadlocked at 1-0 for the next four innings.
The top of the fifth inning brought trouble for the team. Damascus finding their offensive rhythm paired with defensive breakdowns by the Vikes allowed the Hornets to build a sizable lead that would last for the remainder of the game.
“We started off the game really well and our energy was high,” third baseman Matt Ryan said. “But the wheels fell off towards the end of the game, and we fell apart.”
Seniors Shinny Ishiyama, Max Weinberg, Matt Rones and Aidan McNulty were all honored before the game for their senior night. They’ve taken on leadership roles this year, setting a good example for their younger teammates.
“The seniors have been great role models this year and have helped underclassman like me get past struggles throughout the season,” Ryan said.
Along with the seniors, Principal Alan Goodwin was also honored before the game to celebrate the end of his 14 years as Whitman’s principal. Congressman Jamie Raskin attended the game and spoke a few words about Goodwin’s invaluable contributions to the Whitman community.
Although the outcome of this game wasn’t what the team may have hoped for, they’re focusing on making the necessary adjustments that will help them in the playoffs.
“We need to work on finishing games as a team and staying locked in the whole time we’re on the field,” catcher Jack Ryan said. “If we do the little things right, we’ll have a lot of success in the playoffs.”
The Vikes hope to bounce back Thursday in the first round of the playoffs as they face the Walter Johnson Wildcats (9–9) at home at 7pm.