Palma baseball

Having weathered more than one storm this spring, the Chieftains are in uncharted waters, sitting in a tie for first place in the Gabilan with perennial power San Benito with four remaining.
 Injuries to one significant player for a month didn't derail the Chieftains. Neither did a three-game losing streak or a 15 day layoff between games earlier this year.
 Instead, the Chieftains have regrouped from a mini-slide three weeks ago to rattle off five straight wins to climb back into a tie for first -- with one more meeting with San Benito on the horizon.
 While just two seniors start for Palma, it's a mature group, anchored by a pitching staff  that includes Sam Stoutenborough and Michael Gutierrez.
 Gutierrez has also provided a little pop in the lineup while sophomores Dominic Scattini and Kyler Crone have been productive at the plate.
 Nothing has come easy for Palma, as it has been involved in eight games decided by two runs or less.
 All three of the Chieftains Gabilan Division losses have been by one run -- all on the road.
Three of Palma's final four league games are on the road, including its May 10th showdown with San Benito.

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