PASO ROBLES — Wednesday evening marked the opening night for Bearcat baseball. The team that was just a few outs away from playing in the CIF championship game a year ago returns almost their entire infield, all but a few impact players from a year ago. Hunter Barnhart still holds down first base with Oscar Rendon and Will Stroud swooping up anything hit in the middle, and Wyatt Gidcum remains on the hot corner.
The game was played under the lights at Barnhart field, and even though the temperature was in the low forties the home stands were filled with Crimson. One bad inning really sealed the game for Paso. In the first inning of the game, Salinas scored five runs, and the Bearcats were never able to come back.
Aiden Kearns started the game and was replaced by Brad Tews in the second who then threw four innings, only allowing one run on five hits. The Bearcat pitchers had some trouble early locating the strike zone but once they started throwing strikes the excellent defense behind them started making plays.
Offensively the Bearcats struggled as Stroud led the way with two hits. Dylan Lewis and Griewank Dylan were the only other players to register a hit on Wednesday, Dylan registering two RBI and Lewis tallying one. Staring at a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth, the Bearcats responded with two runs in each of the next two innings but came up short losing the game 6-4.