Friends on the Field; Friends off the Field

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Friends on the Field; Friends off the Field

Junior Xavior Campos releases a pitch, a strike, to a VV Jackrabbit and pushes Jags to the victory.

Junior Xavior Campos releases a pitch, a strike, to a VV Jackrabbit and pushes Jags to the victory.

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Junior Xavior Campos releases a pitch, a strike, to a VV Jackrabbit and pushes Jags to the victory.

Ruby Magaña

Junior Xavior Campos releases a pitch, a strike, to a VV Jackrabbit and pushes Jags to the victory.

On Halloween afternoon, the Varsity baseball team took on the Victor Valley Jackrabbits for a friendly scrimmage. For Xavior Campos, being on the mound as Travis Madden, his classmate,  plays catcher is something that isn’t out of the ordinary.

Campos was the starting pitcher that game, helping the Jags leave the field victorious at the end of the innings.

When asked how he felt starting the game with one of his close friends behind the plate, Campos smiled and said, “Whenever I pitch, I get in a mood. Travis knows me, he knows how I pitch. We’ve played together for five years, he knows how to get me to calm down and refocus.”

Travis also has a deep love of baseball and focused mindset when he’s playing.

“It’s always something that I’ve enjoyed,” Travis explained, “I always have fun playing, I’ve never had a time where I don’t have a drive to play.”

These two juniors, both exceptional people off the field, have a trust and bond that makes them exceptional on the field. “Xavior is a very experienced pitcher. He’s always in the best position to where I could help him out when he needs it,” said Travis about why he’s confident when he’s behind the plate and Xavior is on the mound.

“He knows what he’s doing,” is how the boys described one another. In one word, Travis described Xavior as “talented,” in reference to both athletically and personally.

The brotherhood of these young men and the whole team, in general, was shown on the field.

Beating the Jackrabbits is never an easy feat, but the hard work, determination, unity, and confidence led the Jaguar team to have an impressive 16-4 record last season and will undoubtedly aid the boys to another spectacular season.