MSD men’s varsity baseball team defeats West Boca Raton High School


Sophia Golberg

Catcher Santiago Ordonez (12) loads his swing as he prepared to hit an incoming ball. The Eagles went on to win the game 15-0 against the West Boca Bulls.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas men’s varsity baseball team played against West Boca Raton High School. The Eagles were ready to come out strong and add a victory to their 18-2 record.

The Eagles started out the top of the first inning strong with Chris Arroyo (23) pitching. He immediately threw three strikeouts and set the tone for the game. The bottom of first inning went by fast as the Eagles had no base runners or hits.

The second inning had a lot of action for the Eagles and left the Bulls far behind in the score. Arroyo stepped up to the pitcher’s mound yet again and was ready to easily pitch three strikeouts. He threw two strikeouts back to back, and the crowd went wild.

The Eagles were ready to gain their last out as third baseman Rylan Lujo (14) connected with first baseman Nicholas Benestad (16) to wrap up the top of the second inning.

The Eagles were ready to make runs as first baseman Christain Rodriguez (10) stepped up to the plate starts the line up for the bottom of the second inning. He walked with second baseman Cameron Harris (6) following right after with a double. Harris’s double drove Rodriguez home and the Eagles took an early 1-0 lead.

Harris followed with another run as Benestad hit the ball out to centerfield. Unfortunately, the ball was caught and Benestad got out. As the inning went on, Grant McDonald (8) and Lujo both scored runs which wrapped up the inning with a score of 4-0.

The top of the third inning flew by for the Bulls as they scored no runs. The Eagles continued to strive on the field as they played throughout the rest of the game.

Rodriguez started off the inning with a home run and the Eagles all celebrated on the field as they used this motivation to quickly close out the game. Outfielder Roman Anthony (22) hit a home run for the Eagles. MSD successfully closed out the inning with seven runs, leaving the Eagles advancing with a score of 11-0.

“It felt great hitting a home run for my team and being able to help win and get us started on a great week,” Rodriguez said.

Arroyo kept the Bulls from scoring any runs, and the Eagles were ready to finish out the game with a victory. Rodriguez started off the bottom of the fourth inning with yet another home run, and the crowd, players and coaches went wild.

Arroyo and Anthony both followed up the bottom of the fourth inning with another home run and the Eagles continued to celebrate their ongoing victory. The inning closed out with two more scores, and the Eagles mercy ruled the Bulls with a score of 15-0. The Eagles closed out the game, boosting their record to 19-2.

The Eagles will play their next game at an away game against Coral Glades High School on Wednesday, April 20.