In their last meeting, the Cavs fell to the Valley Christian Lions, 1-18, on March 10. The Lions’ extraordinary performance was largely due to senior Corey Cater.
Cater, who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays Scout team, threw nine strikeouts and held the Cavs hitless through the first three innings before being subbed out.
But in the teams’ March 14 matchup, Cater didn’t pitch for the Lions’ 0-17 win. It was junior Donovan Gonzalez who led the charge against the Cavs.
Gonzalez allowed only one hit through three innings and had three strikeouts. But his performance at the plate was the game changer.
Gonzalez hit a double and a three-run home run, finishing the game with six RBIs and two runs.
According to sophomore Nate Jakobs, who led the way with the Cavs’ only hits, a single and a double, the Lions’ field contributed to their high-scoring game.
“(The Lions) could really swing it,” Jakobs said.
“That combined with very strange field dimensions caused them to round the bases a lot.”
According to Jakobs, the length to the right field wall and the left field wall were 200 and 300 feet respectively.
The distance to right and left field is usually 325 feet. The abnormally short right field means fly balls can turn into hits and even home runs.
But that didn’t take away from the Lions’ gameplay, Jakobs said.
“They have a lot of solid hitters and play good defense,” Jakobs said.
“(And Cater) plays at the highest level of amateur play besides the national team.”
The Cavs look to rebound from their back-to-back losses with a win over the Leroy Greene Academy Lions on Friday, March 17, at Leroy Greene at 3:30 p.m.
—By Jake Longoria