Still, there's no reason for despair. Logan Coach John Goulding always pits his team against the best opponents he can find in the preseason to tune up for league play. Plus, Logan's young team has shown flashes of brilliance in its three wins, before reverting to less polished baseball in its losses.
On Friday, six errors and inconsistent pitching doomed the Colts early, leading to their second straight loss. Amador Valley improved their preseason record to 7-1 behind pitcher Bobby LeClair, a right-handed senior who threw a complete-game five-hitter, giving up two earned runs , walking none and striking out eight Colt batters.
The Colts scored in the second inning on a passed ball. Jason Alvarez drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring pinch runner Andrew Rodriguez.
Logan's starting squad consisted of five seniors, three juniors and a sophomore.
One of the seniors was pitcher Josh Trejo, who helped Amador Valley's cause by hitting four of the hitters he faced. One of those struck batters, couple with more control problems, lead to a four-run second inning for the Dons.
The Colt's preseason record dropped to 3-4 after a Thursday afternoon loss to Granada High.
Logan's bats failed the team against Granada in Livermore and the Colts lost the game 3-0.
Colt Francisco Leon told The Courier that Granada jumped out to the lead on a home run, and the Colts couldn't get their bats going to make up the deficit.
"We couldn't hit," he said, despite the fact that the Granada pitcher could muster little velocity in his pitches. "He was throwing 55 mph pitches. Our guys were trying to hit home runs off him."
Coach John Goulding told the Courier that the team has many new faces this year, and that they have yet to perform consistently. "We'll get a great effort out of a guy in one game,' but left to wonder what happened in the next.