The Coast Union baseball squad hit a bump in the road last Saturday, April 27, at the Dunn School in the Santa Ynez Valley. The good news is that the Dunn (9-3) game was not a league game — the Broncos have a matchless 7-0 record in the Coast Valley League — but the other news is that Coast was handed a stinging 12-3 defeat.
Junior hurler Quentin Raethke gave up 8 earned runs; he walked 6 and struck out 5 Dunn Earwigs in 5 - 1/3 innings to take the loss. Junior Grant Magnuson pitched 1-2/3 innings; walked 2 and struck out 3 in relief of Raethke. At the plate Magnuson led the team 3 of the 9 hits that Coast mustered.
Overall coming into this week the Broncos are 8-6 and they are in first place in the Coast Valley League. Tuesday, Coast nipped Orcutt, 4-3, on a 9th inning score by Quentin Raethke; Grant Magnuson used 133 pitches for the win.
Leading the team in hitting thus far is Raethke, with a .425 average, 17 hits and 14 runs knocked in. Raethke has a 3.82 ERA while pitching for the Broncos. Not far behind is junior Emmany Godinez with a .422 batting average, 19 hits and a team-leading 22 runs scored. It’s no surprise Godinez leads in stolen bases (he has swiped 19 bases in 20 attempts) given that he is the speediest player on the team.
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Freshman Lane Sutherland is hitting a cool .400 with 12 hits in 30 at-bats; he has scored 16 runs and has 10 RBI. Sophomore Gehrig Kniffen leads the team in runs batted in with 15; Kniffen has a solid .368 batting average and has a pair of sacrifice flies, the team high in that category. First baseman Tommy Howard (a junior) is hitting .378 with 14 hits and 9 RBI.
Junior Grant Magnuson is hitting .359 with 14 hits, 10 RBI, and he has a 3.15 ERA — and is 2-2 — while doing mound duty.
The Broncos play at home Friday, May 3, against Shandon. That game will be broadcast live on KTEA-FM (103.5).