2023 Baseball Season Recap


Ian Quaratino, Reporter

Baseballs season came to an end and their final record was 3-14-1. Jim Rodriguez, a brand-new baseball coach, was in his inaugural campaign this year. The baseball teams 3 wins came from Manual (6-5), Arrupe Jesuit (10-0) and Jefferson (26-3). Arvada played their best during the Jefferson game. The Bulldogs defeated them in four innings, scoring 14 runs in the fourth, four in the first, five in the second, and three in the third inning. Harley Medina, Jalen Gonzales, Blaise Medina, and Cameron Henderson were the four Arvada players with four or more runs scored in the game. Cameron had a triple and a double in addition to 5 RBIs, Jalen had 5 RBIs as well. Jefferson’s pitching was poor as seven players were intentionally walked twice or more. Harley eventually had a perfect game at the plate, going 5 for 5 after drawing 4 walks and getting one hit. The team as a whole had an average batting average of 0.391 and a on base percentage of 0.585.

The team’s sophomore member, Harley Medina, said, “I feel like we could use some improvement as a team, but we’ve grown a lot from the beginning with new players being introduced and welcomed to our family.” Despite this, he maintains, “This season I got to exhibit my leadership and impart my experience on everyone. I grew close to everyone on the team and contributed both on and off the field.” This year, Harley has made tremendous strides as a player. He had 14 stolen bases, which was the third-most on the squad, a batting average of (0.469), the greatest on-base percentage on the team, 21 runs, and 15 hits. There was a noticeable increase for all players over the previous year.

Freshman Cameron Henderson discusses the season, saying, “The team can’t fall into failure and staying in that failing stage where we just sit and mope around in our own misery.” When questioned about his performance this season, he admitted, “I could have played a lot better. There are many instances where I could have stepped up in critical situations and shown more team leadership.” Cameron played exceptionally well in his first season on the varsity team, leading the team with three triples and the greatest slugging percentage (0.863). In addition, he had three doubles this year and the second-best on-base percentage of (0.586).

The squad had a batting average of 0.272 overall this season, 117 runs, 91 hits, 74 RBIs, 26 doubles, and 6 triples. Bulldogs played a lot of games that were really close, but they just couldn’t win in the last innings. Make sure to go and watch the games because they are a very young squad with a lot of talent and potential. It will be interesting to watch them play next year.