(Temple City) – If the first inning of the first game is any indication of the way the season is going to go for Temple City, it could be a big year. The Rams scored six runs on five hits in the first and cruised to a 6-1 win over Sierra Vista Friday in the season opener. It also marked the opening game of the Arcadia Elks Tournament.
Julian Jarrard did the rest on the mound starting and going five and one third innings before being relieved by Corey Copping who finished up.
Jarrard struck out five, walked three and allowed three hits and a run. He retired the side in order in the first and third innings. He faced only three batters as well in the fifth when Jonah Jarrard, Juilan’s brother, gunned down a runner at second base.
“Julian is our number one pitcher. He looked good today. I really like this team. We have a really deep pitching staff,” said Temple City Coach Barry Bacon.
Kyle Starling led off the first inning and got things started for the Rams when he drew a walk and stole second. Troy Brocato then beat out a bunt single as Starling took third. Copping then picked both of them up with a ringing double to center.
After the Jarrard brothers both singled, Calvin Copping doubled and Cameron Legrand reached on an error, Temple City had a six pack on the board. Legrand is starting at third base for TC as a freshman.
The Rams don’t have a lot of bangers but they plan on scoring runs a different way.
“We’re going to be bunting a lot, running a lot and getting base hits. We’re going to playing small ball this year,” Bacon said.
Sierra Vista was shut down nearly the entire game but did manage to push across a run in the third on a walk and a double.
Jarrard (Jonah) kept the Dons from running by throwing out four potential base stealers from behind the plate.
“Jonah did a great job. We knew he could do that even last year but we had a three year senior starter at catcher,” Bacon said. “We were able to save his legs for a year.”
Temple City will be competing in the Elks Tournament all week before playing in the Montebello Tourney.
SV 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
TC 6 0 0 0 0 0 6