Battle of the Bell: Part One is complete, and Estancia came out on top. On Friday, March 8, 2019, Estancia Eagles played against league opponent, and city rival, Costa Mesa Mustangs. Through a 6 ½ inning game, Estancia won with a final score of 4-1. Junior Jake Covey made the start for Estancia versus senior pitcher Tyler Corkhill for Costa Mesa. Covey pitched a complete game, while Corkhill lasted two innings before being replaced by senior Cameron Chapman in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Omar Munoz came in at the bottom of the sixth, and completed the game for Costa Mesa. In the first inning, there were no base runners for either team, as both defenses played exceptionally well in the game. The second inning, however, is when the offense came to play. In the top of the second, Omar Munoz hit a ball to senior shortstop Jake Alai who committed an error throwing the ball to first base, with Munoz advancing to second base. Sophomore Kyle Anderson blasted the ball to right field and brought Munoz home, putting Costa Mesa in the lead 1-0. Estancia came ready to play during their turn at bat. Alai, the second batter of the inning, was hit by the pitch and reached first base. Covey at the plate, hit a ball over second base and advanced Alai to second. Junior Troy Huber followed and hit the ball to senior shortstop David Gonzalez who commited a throwing error, allowing Alai to score from second, and Covey to advance to third. Junior Brandon Peck put the ball in play, sacrificing his at bat, scoring Covey. Estancia was leading 2-1 at the end of the second inning. In the top of the third, Costa Mesa had one runner on base, but that did not last long. On an attempt to steal second base, junior catcher Garrett Palme hosed the runner at second and put the second out of the inning on the board. With one out in the bottom of the third, senior Justin Wood hit a triple to the right field fence, and scored on a wild pitch just a few pitches later. Estancia was up 3-1 at the end of the third. Neither team scored during the fourth or fifth inning, but that changed in the bottom of the sixth. With Omar Munoz now on the mound for Costa Mesa and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, senior Josh Caldelas substituted in for junior Thad Sanchez, and similarly to Wood’s hit in the bottom of third, Caldelas hit a rocket to the right field fence and advanced to third. Senior Hayden Pearce sacrificed himself to get Caldelas home. Estancia was now up 4-1 at the end of the sixth inning, and would win the game with the same score. Estancia put on an strong defensive effort this game, with everyone contributing a big part to their 4-1 win against Costa Mesa. Covey finished the game with a stat line of 7 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 1 run through a complete seven inning game and getting the win. Tyler Corkhill finished with 0 strikeouts, 1 hit and 2 runs through two innings pitched. Cameron Chapman finished the game with 4 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 run through three innings pitched. Omar Munoz completed the game with 2 strikeouts, 3 hits, and 1 run, pitching only one inning in the contest. Estancia is now 3-0 in league play and currently sits at first place in standings for the Orange Coast League. This week, Estancia will play against first year rival the Santa Ana Saints on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Santa Ana. Costa Mesa will play against first year rival Orange Panthers on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Orange.
Baseball is Back
League baseball is back. On March 1, 2019, Estancia Eagles took on first year rival Orange Panthers at home in the first game of league baseball. Estancia came in at 3-3, and Orange came in at 2-1. Estancia won the game 4-0 through 6 ½ innings. Junior Jake Covey for Estancia made the start against junior Johnny Long of Orange. Both pitchers pitched complete games. With the first batter of league, Jake Covey struck out senior Justin Nock to begin the new season. In the first inning, Jake Covey struck out the first and third batter and the second out was a flyout to right fielder Josh Caldelas. With Estancia up to bat, first up is senior Hayden Pearce, who ultimately struck out. Next up, Nick Perales hit a single to begin the upcoming scoring circuit for Estancia. By the end of the first, the Estancia had four runs (one of which was an error committed by Orange junior shortstop Ralph Casillas). After the first inning, it was a pitcher’s game. Throughout the final 5 ½ innings, there were only a combined five hits by both teams ( 3 for Orange, 2 for Estancia). 11 out of the 27 outs in the game, roughly 41%, were strikeouts, 5 of which were looking. A majority of the other 16 outs either found their way to either third baseman Matthew Kehoe, shortstop Jake Alai, right fielder Josh Caldelas, or left fielder Troy Huber. For Orange, the defensive story is pretty similar, except there were fewer strikeouts (7) committed by Estancia. Similarly, a majority of the outs by Estancia found their way to third baseman Bryan Zaragoza, shortstop Ralph Casillas, or right fielder Elijah Wilson. Since Estancia was winning by the end of the top of the seventh, Estancia did not have to bat in the bottom of the inning, completing game. Jake Covey finished the game with 11 strikeouts, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs. Johnny Long of Orange finished the game with 7 strikeouts, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs. This week, Estancia will play at home against league rival Calvary Chapel on Monday, March 4, 2019. Orange will play at home against non-league opponent Cerritos also on Monday, March 4, 2019.
"The Crocodile Hunter"
Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, would have been 57 less than a week ago. He died on September 4, 2006 while filming a documentary about marine life. His impact stretches all the way around the world in terms of the environment and animal life. Irwin’s television show, The Crocodile Hunter, taught all who watched about numerous kinds of animals. Steve Irwin was born on February 22, 1962, in Victoria, Australia. His parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, owned and operated the Australia Zoo located in Queensland, Australia. From an early age he would wrestle and play with the crocodiles in the zoo, and for his birthday one year, he received a 12-foot python from his parents as a present. His first job, in fact, was to catch crocodiles for a company he was working for. Irwin said that he caught over a hundred crocodiles, some of which found their way into the Australia Zoo. Irwin’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, began in 1996 and used footage from his honeymoon as the focal points for the first episode of the show. Irwin would later go on numerous adventures for his other episodes. His show made people excited to learn about animals and the wild. Featured on Animal Planet, after one year on local television, and it was a major success all over the world. At the peak of the show’s popularity, over 200 countries were tuning in to watch Steve Irwin. His look, enthusiasm, and his signature catchphrase “Crikey” became known around the globe. Many people credit his style for making learning about animals and nature that much more exciting. Sadly, the show ended in 2004, but in the final episode, Irwin talks about some of his favorite moments including those with his wife Terri Irwin, who continues to carry on his educational legacy. After the show was over, he began to make cameos on other popular animal television shows. In fact he even made a quick appearance in the film Dr. Dolittle: 2. He died while filming a story for Ocean’s Deadliest in his hometown of Queensland. He was pierced numerous times by a stingray he was observing and one of the punctures hit his heart. Irwin died later that day due to loss of bleeding. He died on September 4, 2006. Although he is no longer with us, his moments as the crocodile hunter live on in the lives of so many around the world. His actions on television have shown people things they thought they would never see or experience. Irwin brought Australian wildlife to people all across the globe. Perhaps it is Irwin’s personality, charisma, and enthusiasm that will be missed the most. Steve Irwin is “The Crocodile Hunter.”
Global Warming and the People
On February 6, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. In fact, the previous five years have been the hottest years on record since the data has been recorded since 1880. In total, since 1880, the earth’s surface temperature has risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not seem like a big change, but in reality, it is changing our world. So this leads to the question, does global warming exist? Since 1880, there have been numerous advances that have taken the world to another level. There is also a greater population on the planet presently than there was in 1880. In fact, there are nearly 6 billion more people on earth now than there was in 1880. With more factories in the world, more people on the road, and more fossil fuels being consumed, there should be consequences that would impact the people. What is not often discussed is what happens to the animals and the environment. Sea levels are rising due to glaciers melting. This causes floods to be more common which can cause havoc to land and to those that live there. Since glaciers are melting, animals who live on the glaciers are left without a home. Humans have produced so much excess waste that it is now beginning to affect the lives of the people. Factories that produce goods for the people release gases that are harmful to the atmosphere. These gases are called Greenhouse Gases. The level of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere is higher now than anytime in the previous 80,000 years. Evidence shows that global warming exists because of how much the planet has changed since 1880, when data was first being recorded. With all of the data present, it is sure to make people wonder what will happen in the near future. Day by day, more and more animals and people are suffering, as well as the environment. We need to make better decisions if we want the planet to be in good shape for our children and generations to come. Whether it is lifestyle or travelling, anything that can be done to help the environment should be done for the greater good of humanity.