Last week I had the chance to cover one of the most exciting baseball teams in the North Coast Section so far this season. Heading into Thursday's game against the Northgate Broncos, the Clayton Valley Eagles boasted an impressive 13-3 overall record and 5-0 in league play.
When I was researching the Eagles before the game I thought I was looking at misprints as some of the statistics I was reading were pretty unbelievable. Clayton Valley, who is in first place in the Diablo Valley League has basically been thrashing their league opponents, outscoring them 73 to 1. As a team, the Eagles' batting average is an outstanding .386 and they have plated a total of 142 runs in 2013.
On the defensive end, they have also been extremely productive. The pitching staff has combined for a deadly 1.54 ERA, tossing a total of six shut outs.
Heading into the game I was excited to see a lot of offense and solid defense and I was not disappointed in the least. This game was the second half of the home-and-home series against the Broncos, with Clayton Valley taking Tuesday's game 7-0.
The Eagles, who were lead by senior Jesse Medrano, who ended going 4 for 5 with two RBI, got to work early and racked up eight runs in the top of the first.
They continued to cruise and ended up pulling off a 12-1 victory to complete the series sweep over Northgate and improve to 14-3 and 6-0 in league. The winning pitcher, junior Austin Cannedy, improved to 5-0 on the year.
So as the playoffs near, make sure you keep an eye for these red-hot Clayton Valley Eagles. I won't be surprised if they make a deep run this post season.