Baseball season start dampened by El Niño winter storm

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California’s water reserves may be thirsting for the promised El Nino, but East County’s baseball teams do not appreciate the muddy start to their season. 

Top of Grossmont Hills League standings, Helix High School was rained out of two games this weekend. Their non-conference match at Eastlake High School on Friday, March 11 was interrupted in the bottom of the fourth inning while the Helix Highlanders were enjoying a four-run lead. 

California’s water reserves may be thirsting for the promised El Nino, but East County’s baseball teams do not appreciate the muddy start to their season. 

Top of Grossmont Hills League standings, Helix High School was rained out of two games this weekend. Their non-conference match at Eastlake High School on Friday, March 11 was interrupted in the bottom of the fourth inning while the Helix Highlanders were enjoying a four-run lead. 

Helix Head Coach Cole Holland said the biggest struggle for the Highlanders will be scheduling matches, and with the way the rains are coming, that is not so surprising.

“It’s a shame we can’t finish this game,” he said after the umpires officially called a suspension amid torrents of rain. “It is what it is.”

Friday’s storm left fields swamped and several Saturday morning games were pushed to later in the day or postponed till after the weekend, including Helix’s conference game at West Hills High School that was rescheduled for Monday.

Holland said the Highlanders have a good club this year. Despite being unseasoned, he said, they are coming together well.

“We started with mostly freshmen, three sophomores, and the rest are juniors except for the two seniors in the lineup,” he said. “They’re all playing well together. We’ve got a bunch of really good kids who want to come out and compete so we’ll take that.”

The Highlanders are 2-0 with 14 runs for and no runs against.

Holland said the whole league is competitive this season, but Grossmont is the school closest on their heels, with a 3-1 record and 19 runs for. Steele Canyon, although fourth in the standings, has the most runs for, coming in with 23 runs in four games. 

El Capitan High School and El Cajon Valley High School are tied in first in the Grossmont Valley standings with three wins and zero losses apiece. El Cajon Valley also has the most runs for, 29, and only three runs against. With just one rostered freshman, El Cajon Valley’s Braves have quite a senior bench this season.

Helix is set to play in the Lions Baseball Tournament next week, with matches against St. Augustine, Poway and El Camino Real.

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