Monterey baseball

 A lot has changed over 26 years.
 The Raiders had not returned from a 12-year stint in Los Angeles. The Sharks were about to embark on their inaugural season and Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was a year old.
 Oh, and the Toreadores were embarking on the first of a string of 26 straight postseason appearances in baseball.
 As the second half of the Gabilan Division season begins Tuesday, that streak is in serious jeopardy of ending for Monterey, who hosts Monte Vista Christian.
 The Toreadores are just 1-7-1 in league, having dropped four straight games by a combined score of  35-6.
 While five teams have traditionally come out of the Gabilan Division for the postseason, Monterey sits in sixth place, two full games out of fifth.
 No doubt, the last four games have been discouraging. Yet, there are reasons to still believe that the  Toreadores can make a run at the postseason.
 Four of those seven league losses have come from the areas two best teams in San Benito and Palma.
Two of its overall setbacks include narrow 2-1 losses to San Benito and WCAL power Mitty.
 Monterey still has to finish a game with Christopher, which was tied at five before darkness halted play. And it has an ace on the mound in Jack Bailey, who has pitched well this spring.
 Bailey gives the Toreadores a chance each time he takes the mound. Now can the offense provide him with enough run support?
 Monterey has scored two or fewer runs six times this season. It's had to manufacture runs this year with sophomore Michael Carnazzo and Nick Stornetta each having three multiple hit games.
 While Marcus Dorn has struggled at the plate, he's finding ways to get on base, having scored a team high 10 runs while stealing seven bases.
 If Monterey is going to turn a corner, it's going to come from its youth as freshmen Justin Deal and Michael Mugan share the team lead in runs batted in.
 You don't have a streak of this magnitude without being resilient.

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