Calabasas sweeps in first league series against Thousand Oaks


Justin Nadrich

Calabasas baseball swept the Thousand Oaks team in a three game series to open the league season. The team came into this first series on a 5-game win streak and their momentum helped carry them to a dominating performance.

Thousand Oaks, who won the Marmonte league and D2 CIF-SS last year, are coming into this season losing some of their stars from last year, such as Max Muncy, Roc Riggio and Charlie Saum. Last year, Calabasas went 0-4 against Thousand Oaks.

Game one of the series was a 11-3 blowout win for the Coyotes. Senior Sam Grunberg went two for four with two home runs and four RBI. Junior Phoenix Call went four for four, which includes a triple, double and two RBI. On the mound, Jordan Kingston got the win after allowing three runs with two strikeouts through four innings. 

Unlike the Game one blowout, Game two was a nailbiter that ended in a 4-3 walkoff win for Calabasas. Calabasas was down by one in the bottom of the seventh when Grunberg delivered a one out, two run base hit up the middle to win the game. Sophomore Lee Atkinson was awarded the win with three innings pitched, one run and four strikeouts.

Game three was similar to Game one, as the Coyotes blew out the Lancers, 12-4. Freshman Matthew Witkow went three for three with two RBI. Senior Brandon Pink was awarded the win with 4 innings pitched, one run and two strikeouts.

“Our team is coming together and this week’s win was a special one,” said Head Coach Shaun Kort.

Calabasas will take on Oak Christian this week in a three game series.