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Varsity baseball secures NCS wins, first playoffs game

Mo Jacoby ’25 swings for the ball. The varsity baseball team has defeated University and Justin-Siena in NCS and were ranked fifth seed in the first NCS playoffs game.

Branson’s varsity baseball team is having a season to remember, one that will hopefully be a bounceback from last year’s relegation from NCS Division 4.

Despite the team’s 8-15 record, the team has had some close games this year against some juggernauts of MCAL, such as a 3-1 loss against first-place Redwood and a 9-8 win against third-place Novato.

In NCS, the team has also succeeded, with a 7-1 domination of University on April 29.

Branson boys baseball lines up on the field before the game. (Alyssa Huang)

Against Justin-Siena in a non-conference game, the team won 4-2. Justin-Siena is known to be a very high-scoring team, as this season they have nearly 50 runs higher than the national average. Campbell Mohan ‘26 said Branson’s win was proof of the team’s defensive strength.

“They are a really good team, but we were in control of the game the whole time, which really demonstrates the good baseball that we can play,” he said. 

As of May 12, Cooper Tenney ‘24 currently leads the team in hits, runs, batting average and at-bats.

The team has players from all grades. This year, there are notable first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are all making an impact on the team. Campbell believes that this contributed to their success.

“Everyone plays their role, especially in practice the diversity helps keep the team healthy,” he said. He also noted the particular importance of the seniors, calling them “the heart and soul” of the team.

Wilson Wendt ’24 pitches the ball. (Alyssa Huang)

At the team’s first NCS playoffs game, they were ranked the fifth seed and played 12th seeded Athenian. The game ended 11-0, but Branson were up 9 in the first two innings after a remarkable team effort that included stolen bases, doubles, triples and lots of defensive errors by the other team.

The team’s defense was also on full display, with great pitching from Wilson Wendt ‘24 and excellent catches by Tenney and Mo Jacoby ‘25.

It was a game to be proud of for Branson and they are looking to continue this winning run in their next game against the Bay School Friday, May 17.

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