PHELAN • The Barstow High School baseball team kicked off its season at the San Gorgonio Tournament on Thursday and won its first game, 6-4, over Serrano.
Kenny Phillips takes over the head coaching duties this year, and was encouraged by his team's start. Two of last year's aces took the mound and each did well in his spring debut. Austin Willis started, giving up two runs, neither earned, on only one hit, while walking just one and striking out six. Austin Crank finished up, surrendering two unearned runs on two hits, walking four and also fanning six.
The two pitchers also produced at the plate. Willis cracked two singles and a double and drove in a run, with Crank driving in two runs. Marcus Madero had two hits and two RBI, Colin Klein had two hits, Storm Phillips drove in the go-ahead run, and Sean Schoffstall had a single, sac bunt and stolen base.
"We're off to a good start," said coach Phillips. "We have a fairly young team, but good players who jell well together."
The new coach thinks his team will make some noise in the Desert Sky League.
"We're a team looking for a DSL championship, and I think we have a good shot," he said. "With Granite Hills losing so many seniors and Serrano being beatable, I think we're looking real good."
The Aztecs will continue the tourney with a home game against Rim of the World, Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.