SRHS baseball team is off and running
By Hector Trujillo
With a third of the season in the books, the Scripps Ranch High School varsity baseball team started off on the right foot hoping to continue strong with most of the 2023 schedule still to be played.
The Falcons kicked off the season with three straight wins starting with the opener versus Point Loma on March 4, followed by victories over Torrey Pines High School and Patrick Henry High School, which included two shutout performances during that span.
“(It’s a) talented team up and down the roster,” said head baseball coach Chris Lamb. “Expect to compete in every game. Solid pitching with a chance for a fun and exciting offense.”
Scripps Ranch did not suffer a loss until its fourth game of the season versus Francis Parker by a score of 3-2 on March 13 thanks to a walk-off single in the eighth inning for the Lancers.
The Falcons’ expected success the rest of the season will undoubtedly come thanks to the experience and chemistry that the team has already developed.
“Really good split of juniors and seniors, so most of these guys have been on this stage before,” Lamb said. “Nothing will surprise us. The energy has been really good at practices and the players are working extremely hard to make the school and community proud.”
Senior pitcher John Folkl has already committed to play collegiate baseball at the University of La Verne, while senior infielder Jona Dawson has committed to play his college ball at Cal Lutheran University – with more commitments expected as the season continues.
Other players who are having a major impact in 2023 include Ryan Ham, Jordan Green, Liam Hunter, Alex Seiff and Noah Kindem.
“Our league games are always important, with the first series against Christian being the big one,” Lamb said.
That three-game series will take place starting on April 10 with the first and third matches being on the road.
The Falcons then travel for another three-game series – this time versus Coronado High School starting on April 17, with the final two being at home before taking on Clairemont High School on April 24, 25 and 27.
After squaring off against Cathedral Catholic High School and Eastlake High School the first week of May, Scripps Ranch finishes the regular season with a three-game stint versus La Jolla High School starting on May 8.
The Falcons hope to finish the season the way they started, considering that 12 of the final 14 games will be against league opponents.