Two full weeks have passed between Coast Union’s last baseball game (March 27) and Friday’s 3:30 p.m. nonleague home game (April 10) against Orcutt Academy, and Coach Brian Machado isn’t too thrilled with the layoff.
“The coach wants to be playing every other day,” Machado said when asked about the schedule. “I’d like to play at least two games a week — if not three.”
But, he said, spring break always interrupts the steady flow of competition, so that added to the hiatus.
Moreover, when a team hasn’t played in competition for two weeks, “I think it hurts us,” Machado remarked. “We could practice 24 hours a day, but it’s not the same as being in a game when it actually counts.”
And as to playing the big schools prior to the CVL, Machado admits his players gained some experience.
But it becomes a downer when, after two innings of fairly competitive play on the part of the Broncos, “the wheels on the bus come off,” the coach said.
Since struggling through a preseason that featured David vs. Goliath matchups — Coast against San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles,
Atascadero and Santa Maria — the Broncos have put the sting on Coast Valley League (CVL) opponents.
After lopsided losses against the above-named big schools, the Broncos feasted on Valley Christian Academy and Maricopa, outscoring those small schools by a combined 24-3. Those wins put Coast Union on top of the CVL standings with a 2-0 record.
Going into the remaining 12 games of the season, Machado has settled on his starting eight defensive players: Lane Sutherland, catcher; Jez Lawson, first base; Auggie Johnson, second base; Gehrig Kniffen, shortstop; Jake McAvoy, third base; Binh Trieu, left field; Tommy Moreno, center field; and Jack MacKinnon, right field.
His starting pitchers — McAvoy and Chase Volz — will play third when they’re not on the mound.