Jake Salinero and Tommy Nuño played an unusual double header on Sunday.
The two soon-to-be freshmen at Half Moon Bay High School played for the Half Moon Bay Junior Little League All-Star baseball team Sunday afternoon in Newark.
Moments after helping Half Moon Bay win the game, the two were transported over to Skyline College, in San Bruno, to play most of the second half of the Cougars’ summer league basketball game against Jefferson.
Since the Cougars took a double-digit lead early in the game, basketball coach Rich Forslund was able to give the two lots of playing time in the second half.
“Rich told us if we showed up, we would play,” Salinero said.
The hope of getting lots of playing time dimmed in the late afternoon as the baseball game dragged on and on, after the game started about 20 minutes late.
Walks, pitching changes and errors resulted in the seven-inning baseball game ending around 5:30 p.m., more than three hours after the game started. Half Moon Bay won, 15-4.
However, tip time in San Bruno was less than 30 minutes away. The two would be late for the start of the game, even with no traffic problems. The 45-mile drive from Newark to Skyline, covering four highways, was mostly uneventful, and the two athletes were able to get playing time in the second half.
“We showed up about three minutes before halftime,” Nuño said.
That gave the two enough time to get out of their baseball gear and into their basketball duds.
As they sat on the bench and waited, anxiety started to rise.
“The first few times I played, I didn’t do well,” Nuño said.
The two held their own in both contests Sunday. They had plenty of energy in the basketball game. There were no signs of fatigue from the baseball game, the drive or anything else.
“It was a slow baseball game,” Salinero said.
The two, despite being new to high school basketball, played well, not looking lost or going to the wrong spots.
They were just as relaxed on the baseball diamond. The two are used to playing in all-star tournaments as well.
At the end of the basketball game, the two were able to walk off the court, carrying all their bags.
“I could play some more if I need to,” Nuño said. “But sleep is a good option, too.”