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Balingit Comes up Big with Game-Winning Catch

I had the opportunity to attend a few of San Ramon Valley High School’s Baseball games recently.

The first one I caught was the SRVHS freshman team – down 7 runs, but they wouldn’t stay down for long. With lots of grit and determination, they came back and ended up with a win vs De La Salle.

The second game I managed to make was the varsity matchup between SRVHS and De La Salle.

What a great game it was! You could feel the tension and excitement in the air. 

M. Banderas was pitching that day and ended up leaving the game after 3.5 innings due to an injury. He pitched well against a dangerous hitting team and held them to 2 runs until the third inning. 

Later on in the evening, with SRVHS up by two runs, it still felt like it was anyone’s game. SRVHS J. Lewis wasn’t about to allow this game to get away from them – his double helped bring in the runs necessary to lead SRVHS to the win. And finally, the game-winning, diving catch was made in fantastic style by E. Balingit. 

Of course it wasn’t him alone, it was a pure team win. Between great pitching, timely hitting and amazing plays on the field, all of the boys went home that night knowing they made the W happen. 

By Ricky Helton, Resident since 2004