Claremont Baseball Knights Take the Field After Many Years
The Claremont Knights baseball team played their first game of the season at Bushrod Park on Wednesday, March 26. The event marked the first time Claremont Middle School has fielded a baseball team in a very long time. Under the leadership of new principal Jonathan Mayer, enthusiasm for this Oakland middle school is growing, and the revival of the baseball program by coaches Scott Windels and Rob Ades and the sixteen Claremont student athletes warrants special recognition. The baseball program provides students an opportunity to showcase their talents, builds school pride, and strengthens community.
While their Willard Middle School opponents prevailed in the season opener 14-2, the Knights showed their merits as a young and scrappy team. Zach Kirchstetter struck out six in two innings of work, Redding Traiger struck out two, and Cory Frost struck out three. Kalen Windels started a two-out rally that led to the Knights' two runs on the day.
Come out to cheer on the Knights as they continue to take the field for Claremont!
Ed. note: "We're a baseball family," says article writer Thomas Kirchstetter, parent of Claremont 8th grader Zach, pictured in the article. His wife is a Claremont Middle School PTA member. Their two other children, a son and a daughter, are in Chabot Elementary, and play baseball and softball.