The Mercury News on March 7th wrote about our Varsity Baseball team, “Great start for Homestead High baseball squad”. The full article can be seen here.
Eric Pini, Homestead High School’s new baseball coach, is not one to let the past influence the way he views the future.
So while the program he inherits this year is coming off of three straight losing seasons during which it compiled a 26-60 record, Pini sees only good things on the horizon for his club in 2018.
“My expectations as a team are to win 20 games, be in the hunt for the league title and make a deep run to compete for a CCS title,” he said. “Big goals, but I believe this team has the talent and chemistry to do it.”
And six games into the 2018 season, the Mustangs seemed to be responding to Pini’s faith in them.
After being jolted 16-1 by Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in their season opener on Feb. 24, the Mustangs produced five consecutive victories, their longest winning streak since the 2012 season.
The key to Homestead’s new-found success has been its pitching staff.
Since its shaky season-opening start against Sacred Heart when it allowed 16 runs and 18 hits, the Homestead mound crew has allowed just two earned runs during its winning streak.
After beating Gunderson 8-2, Monta Vista 6-2 and San Lorenzo Valley 5-1, the Mustangs blanked Westmont 9-0 on March 3, and Prospect 3-0 on March 5.
William Beaufore, a junior, struck out seven in a complete game effort against Westmont. Sean Cheng, another junior, went six strong innings for the win against Prospect, allowing just two hits and walking none while fanning four. He then gave way to senior Michael Lucas, who tossed a perfect seventh inning to complete the shutout.
“Ever since the first game, our pitching has really come around, as well as our defense,” Pini said. “That is my philosophy for the program— pitching and defense.”