Boys baseball finishes year strong

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Courtesy of Irvine Baseball

Irvine High’s varsity baseball team made it to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the second season in a row falling to Kaiser High School in the first round on Friday, May 7. 

“I think we held [the team] to a pretty good standard of working their tails off and to make the playoff run,” Coach Gabe Cota said.  “We had a pretty rough start and had to be in playoff mode for the last three weeks. It was fun and cool for these guys to step up and win five games in a row that lead to making it to CIF.”

Top performer senior Bryan Wilhelm ended the season with over 20 hits as well as two home runs.  

“I define Irvine Baseball as one big family,”  Wilhelm said. “There’s always someone to hang out with after practice, and know that the whole program has your back.”

Another top performer is senior Jeremiah Gedeon, with a fielding percentage of 0.936 as well as six stolen bases on the year.

“My favorite part of playing baseball is the feeling of success,” Gedeon said. “It’s one of the hardest sports to play, so whenever I get a hit or make a nice play, it makes me feel really good.”