Samurai slash through Bulldogs, fence off against Devils
The Matthew C. Perry High School Samurai baseball team clashed against the Nile C. Kinnick High School Devils from Yokosuka Naval Base and the Marist Brothers International School Bulldogs from Kobe, Japan, in a series of games at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 19-20, 2013. The games lasted two days with M.C. Perry and Kinnick playing three games and MBIS playing two.
The Samurai and Devils played each other twice during the weekend. It wasn’t the first time that these two teams faced off.
“We played Kinnick in a (Depart of Defense Education Activity), Japan, tournament right before spring break,” said Frank Macias, M.C. Perry Samurai Baseball varsity head coach. “We lost to them, 20 to nothing.”
After coming off of a devastating loss such as that, the Samurai were determined to finally trump the division one school.
The Samurai’s first game against Kinnick had a rocky start with the Devils scoring a run in the first inning. However, the Samurai would retaliate by bringing two of their players home and taking the lead at the bottom of the first inning.
“As a young team, when you get the first couple of hits, people start to build their confidence,” said Michael Alldaffer, M.C. Perry Samurai Baseball junior varsity head coach. “Once that starts, they start to swing the bat more confidently and then they’re able to get on base and score runs.”
As the game progressed, the Samurai would pull ahead with a 6-2 lead over the Devils at the top of the fourth with runs scored by Chris McQuillen, Charlie Van Allen and Jarrell Davis.
Unfortunately, the Devils managed to answer, scoring six runs to secure a win, 8-7.
After losing in the first game, the Samurai would go on to face the Marist Bulldogs in their second game of the series. The Samurai would avenge their lost to Kinnick by defeating Marist 7-3.
On day two, Kinnick faced Marist, and the Devils would beat the Bulldogs 13-3. With Kinnick now undefeated in their series of three and the Samurai with one win and loss, the Samurai would be determined to defeat Kinnick on their third try.
As storm clouds began to roll in, the Samurais’ own Chris McQuillen picked apart the Devils’ line-up and prevented them from scoring a single run.
The game would eventually be called at three innings, due to weather, with the Samurai beating the Devils 1-0.
“We had three weeks to refine our skills and we realized we didn’t play as well as we could play,” said Macias. “All we were worried about was playing up to our capabilities because we knew they weren’t 20 runs better than us.”
After this gauntlet of games between three fierce competitors, the Samurai would stand with a record of nine wins and nine losses. Now they plan to face one of their best divisional opponents, the Zama American High School Trojans from Camp Zama Army Base, in a home game this weekend.