Bonita JVs Tame the Wilson Wildcats, 15-0

March 30, 2010
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Pitcher Mitchell Johnson and Anthony Gonzales were just two of the stars that propelled Bonita to a 15-0 win over the Wilson Wildcats.

Pitcher Mitchell Johnson and Anthony Gonzales were just two of the stars that propelled Bonita to a 15-0 win over the Wilson Wildcats.

The Bonita Junior Varsity baseball team was first to break in the new expanded dugout, and by all accounts it was a smashing success as the Bearcats pounded out 16 hits to mercy Wilson 15-0 Tuesday afternoon at Bonita.

After Bonita pitcher Mitchell Johnson set down the Wildcats in order in the top of the first, Bonita quickly went to work sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs. Collecting singles were Woody Reyes, Jordan Ornellos, Anthony Gonzales, Connor Vislay, Alec Garcia, Kevin Harland, Scott Salsman and Brandon Schneider. Gonzales also had a 2-run double in his second at bat in the inning.

The onslaught continued in the second, as Bonita sent 10 more batters to the plate, good for five more runs. In the inning, Gonzales, Salsman and designated hitter Daniel Tessone each doubled to lead the attack.

Meanwhile, Johnson didn’t surrender a hit in his first outing of the season.

The biggest puzzle was, where was this team earlier in the season?

“We made some changes in practice,” said head coach Troy Tettleton. “All of a sudden, the guys have more energy now. We’re keeping them more disciplined. They were caught up in a lot of things; now they’re focused and more in it for the team.”

The expanded Bonita dugout took on almost Spring Break appearance. The only item that seems to be missing from new cement slab is a chaise lounge.

The expanded Bonita dugout took on almost Spring Break appearance. The only item that seems to be missing from the new cement apron is a chaise lounge.

Early in the season, Johnson was on the shelf trying to work out a knot in his shoulder. He showed no signs of that injury, sporting a live fast ball and keeping Wilson off balance with his curveball.

Probably the only scare on the afternoon was when Coach Tettleton told Tessone he’d buy him an In-N-Out burger if the player could hit a triple into the right centerfield gap. In his first trip to the plate, Tessone had pulled the ball. Tessone fell a base short, lining a shot to left center that hopped the fence for a ground-rule double.

Mix in some new cement with a new attitude, and you become a different team.

The junior varsity travels to Walnut this Thursday.

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