Monty baseball quietly getting job done

Montgomery’s baseball team is off to a good start. With one league game remaining in the first half, the Vikings lead Cardinal Newman by a game in the North Bary League at 6-0.

Head coach Dean Haskins said his team has been playing good defense and utilizing some big innings, such as in Friday’s 15-8 win over Santa Rosa. Montgomery had a 10-run inning to overcome a deficit. Montgomery has also scored six runs in an inning and eight in another.

“I think we have a chance to be pretty good,” Haskins said, who reminded his team that its coming off two ordinary seasons. “We’ve talked about it. We haven’t proven anything. We’re as good as we think we are.”

Kevin Lavarta has grown into the role of staff ace and likes to pitch big games.

Haskins said his team’s 10-2 overall record has to do most with the team as a whole. “We have good team speed and we put the ball in play.

This week Montgomery hosts Maria Carrillo on Wednesday and then plays Newman on Thursday, a game originally scheduled for Friday. Monty won the first meeting, 8-5.

Being the league champ carries even more significance this year, the first year of a revamped NCS playoff system. Montgomery, Casa Grande, Newman and Rancho Cotate are all Div. II schools. Only 12 teams will make the playoffs, which include East Bay schools, and only league champs secure automatic berths.

If two or more schools tie for the NBL regular season championship, the league tournament will determine which teams gets the automatic berth.