Archive for Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Jags drop Turner

April 5, 2006

People expect big things from you when you're the coach's son. Just ask Mill Valley senior Joe Garrett, son of baseball coach Carl Garrett. After Garrett went 0-for-4 last week, in an extra-innings win over last year's state champion, Bishop Ward, Garrett heard it from his fellow student body.

"I went O'fer the other night and everybody was asking what was wrong with me," Garrett said. "I just had a bum night. But they couldn't accept that."

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Garrett responded to his classmates' inquiries in a 12-0 stomping of Turner last Friday. Garrett filled the stat sheet with five RBIs, a homerun and a single. And as if that wasn't enough, he pitched four scoreless innings and struck out two batters while giving up only three hits.

"As somebody that's new to a school and new to a program, I think the competitive nature in any athlete makes you want to prove that you're worthy of being on that field," coach Garrett said. "He wants to prove to his teammates that he's a solid ballplayer."

Garrett's teammates proved a thing or two themselves against Turner. Seniors Ryan Gracy and Matt Westin along with junior Connor Koch all had multi-hit games. The multi-hit foursome form the two through five slots of the order and produced 11 of the team's 12 runs.

Koch, like Garrett, also felt some pressure after the first two games -- not from his classmates, but from himself.

"It was the first time I've swung the bat good this year," Koch said. "I feel like I found my stroke hopefully for the rest of the year."

Koch went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs against Turner.

Gracy continued to swing a hot bat for the Jags. After knocking in the winning run last Monday against Bishop Ward, Gracy had two doubles and three RBIs against Turner.

Along with controlling things behind the plate and producing at the plate so far this year, Gracy is helping new teammate Garrett feel like he belongs.

"We've all adapted to him, and he's a good asset to the team," Gracy said.

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