Coast Union base­ball con­tin­ues sea­son to pre­pare for next year

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY JOHN FITZRANDOLPH Spe­cial to The Cam­brian

The Coast Union High School base­ball team’s of­fi­cial sched­ule wrapped up two weeks ago, but it wasn’t done play­ing just yet.

Head coach Brian Machado — who says his pas­sion is putting nine play­ers on the field not­with­stand­ing of­fi­cial sched­ules or venues — ar­ranged games with a fresh­men teams from big­ger schools in the county.

Machado’s makeshift team (only nine Coast Union play­ers were avail­able for this home ex­hi­bi­tion game) lost to the Paso Robles fresh­man team 8-4 on Tues­day, April 23. The Bron­cos did come up with seven hits but made six er­rors — which cer­tainly con­trib­uted to their de­feat.

Coast then lost to Mis­sion Prep’s ju­nior var­sity team 11-9 on Thurs­day, April 25, , and later that day lost to Atas­cadero’s ju­nior var­sity 9-4.

As­sis­tant coach Gary Stephen­son said these games were “an op­por­tu­nity for us to ex­per­i­ment and pre­pare for next year. The Mis­sion Prep game fea­tured Cam­bria kids play­ing on both sides,” since three re­cent mid­dle school grad­u­ates elected to at­tend Mis­sion Prep rather than Coast Union.

Coast Union ended up with a 3-11 record over­all, and 2-4 in the Coast Val­ley League.

DEB­BIE MARKHAM Courtesy photo

Nate Markham was among the nine Coast Union High School play­ers fielded against sev­eral ju­nior var­sity teams from around the county last week.

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