Chiefs Drop Preseason Opener To The Benjamin School

Alan McGonigle, Sports Editor

It’s spring time. Or, for the baseball players, it’s time to play ball. The Chiefs started their preseason playing against The Benjamin School. Many Chief fans were curious as to how the team would look after the seniors left for college.

The Chiefs remained optimistic, and with new players like Malik Lissone and Jorel Ortega, and also returning players, the team was shaping up to be a great one.

Coach Franco and the boys were back at it on a cool and crisp Tuesday night, and they were ready to play some hard ball. But, it did not go as planned.

Santaluces looked energetic and ready to go, but the game did not go well. The Chiefs gave up a plethora of hits, and Benjamin came around to score eight runs throughout the game. The Chiefs tallied on a run in attempt to cut into Benjamin’s lead, but it was not enough to gain momentum to start a comeback.

Junior outfielder and pitcher Kyle Swaters spoke about the loss on Tuesday.

“Our first preseason game definitely showed us our strengths and weaknesses. We have to continue to put the ball in play hard on the ground,” said Swaters. “We are a fast and aggressive team and can definitely do damage on the base paths. Our pitching overall was very good but Benjamin just had solid at-bats which won them the game.”

The Chiefs will next face Cardinal Newman on Thursday night at 6:30 PM and are focused on turning it around for this game and showing the true potential of the team. With good hitting and pitching, the season should be a splendid one for the Chiefs.