Nordhoff junior Cody Deason has done a good job for the NHS baseball team behind the plate and on the pitcher’s mound this season. Deason and the Rangers will face Oak Park in a two-game series this week. (photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With the CIF playoffs right around the corner, the Nordhoff baseball team is in need of some late season Tri-Valley League victories. The Rangers are currently 8-8 overall and 2-4 in TVL action. Head coach Glen Pinkard said, “We have no choice but to win the next four games. Hopefully we win all four and make the playoffs and then make a run once we get there.”
The Rangers have won five of their last six games, so they are getting hot at just the right time. NHS beat St. Bonaventure and Fillmore before sweeping their two games with Malibu. Last week, the Rangers split their season series with Bishop Diego.
When asked about the play of his team in recent weeks, Pinkard added, “They are playing well in all facets of the game. We have been pitching, hitting and our defense has been solid.”
On the mound, the trio of Alex Esquivel, Jake Boyd and Cody Deason have helped the Rangers during their current hot streak. So far this season, Alex Esquivel is 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA while Jake Boyd is 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and Cody Deason is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA.
Deason has struggled with his command at times this season, walking 38 batters while striking out 37. However, the junior has also shown flashes of brilliance this season and should be a force for the Rangers next season as well.
Junior Cameron Spencer is leading the Rangers with a .341 batting average. Jake Boyd and Luke Boyd are hitting .333 and .318, respectively, and have been on fire as of late. Baylee Rogers and Shane Hersh have combined for 23 runs batted in so far this year to pace the Rangers.
This week, the Rangers will face Oak Park twice and then they will finish their regular season in a two-game set against Grace Brethren.
Oak Park is 10-12 on the year and 3-3 in league while Grace Brethren is 10-9 and 2-4. Today the Rangers will be on the road against Oak Park and then on Friday the two teams will do battle here in Ojai.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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