Cambrian: Sports

Panthers bomb Broncos

Bronco pitcher Jake Machado lets fly against a Panther batter in the first game of the doubleheader.
Bronco pitcher Jake Machado lets fly against a Panther batter in the first game of the doubleheader. PHOTO BY MERLE BASSETT

A n enthusiastic crowd witnessed the clash of two unions on Saturday, April 10, in Cambria. The unions: Coast Union High School and Washington Union High School from the San Joaquin Valley. And the crowd — seated in the aluminum bleachers and in folding chairs along the third base and first base sides—was, for the most part, dressed in purple.

Purple is the team color for the Washington Union Panthers; red is the team color for the Broncos. And the surprisingly large contingent of purple-clothed Panther fans—outnumbering local fans roughly 10-to-one—cheered loudly as their baseball team gave the Broncos the blues.

In the first game Jake Machado (senior) and Andy Gordon (sophomore) handled the pitching chores for the Broncos, and were tagged hard by the Panthers. Indeed, the Panthers belted three over-the- fence home runs in that game. The final score was 17-6, Washington Union.

Coach Brian Machado sent junior Garrett Le Miller to the mound in the second game and he gave the Broncos 5-1/3 innings, after which freshman Anthony Hatcher got a chance to pitch as well.

The Panthers scored eight runs in the top of the sixth to salt the game away; final score 11-2. One can easily understand the lopsided scores of these two games when the data is presented. To wit, the Broncos struck out 17 times in the two games; the Panthers only struck out twice.

The hits came few and far between for Coast Union. Andy Gordon, Jake Machado, Jaime Torres and Harper Resewehr came up with singles in the second game. Meanwhile, coach Machado is not happy about the “long time between games.” The Broncos played April 2, April 10, and the next game is April 17.

“It sure hurts when you only play one game in seven days,” he told The Cambrian.

On the positive side of the ledger, many of those 60 or 70 fans who came over from the Central Valley likely stayed in Cambria Saturday night, Machado noted. “I know that most went into town to buy food for lunch, so I’d say we brought the town a dollar or two,” the coach said.

The 3-8 Broncos entertain Trinity Christian Saturday, April 17, at noon. That game will be broadcast live on KTEA-FM (103.5); it also streams live on