Barons Getting Hot at the Right Time

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Updated: June 29, 2017

After a dismal seven game losing streak, the Academy Barons seem to have finally found their stride winning five out of their last six games; all against CCL opponents. The Barons struggled both offensively and defensively during their skid but the bats have come alive and the pitching has been lockdown during this late June stretch.

The recent success was kicked off with a big win on the road against the CCL Central Division leading Conejo Oaks. With a beautiful start from Matt Mogollon, who has been nearly unstoppable in his last two starts going seven innings deep in each and allowing just four runs in those games combined, the Barons were able to ride Mogollon and win with clutch hitting in the 9th.

The pitching has been one of the major improvements and has been a major factor in the Barons recent success. During the losing streak, the Barons allowed 46 runs over seven games; an average of close to seven runs per game. However the pitching staff has taken a complete 180 turn only allowing 28 runs in the past six games. The three headed monster of Matt Mogollon, Tyler Witt and Sebastian Sanchez has the opportunity to be one of the most formidable three man pitching rotations in the CCL if they continue on this path.

The bats had been quiet. Quiet enough to hear the crickets throughout the beautiful Southern California lights. Aside from a ten run outburst against the Ventura Halos, a game the Barons lost 11-10, the Barons could not put the bat on the ball. With Manager Kenny Landreaux trying to solve his lineup issues, the Barons just could not find the fire power in order to keep up with their opponents. However as of late an unlikely hero seems to have woken up the hitters. After losing their seventh game in a row, USC pitcher Solomon Bates requested something from Landreaux: let me bat. Landreaux took the risk and the gamble has done more than pay off. Since taking the roles as the teams primary Designated Hitter, Bates is batting .714 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. And let’s not forget to add his 1.733 OPS. Solomon is not the only Baron batter who has starting seeing the baseball well. Angel Mora, a Barons rookie, is batting .400 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. In the last six games, the Barons have tallied up 44 runs total.

Many say that a baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint. This can be said about MLB baseball with its long 162 game season, but for the CCL season it is an efficient, brisk seven minute mile. Teams must pace themselves and take advantage of every opportunity they have in front of them. The Barons came out of the gates and fell flat on their face. Their shoelaces were not tied but rather they laces from each shoe were tied together. However, the Barons found a way out of their knot and have started getting back on track. The month of June is close to over and the Barons find themselves sitting in 4th place in the CCL South Division; just 4.5 games back of the 1st place OC Riptide. The Barons have the pieces and the coaching to make a run at the division title. They started slow, have gained momentum and lucky for them, there is plenty of road ahead of them to make their comeback.

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