By Judd Liebman
With a plethora of strong pitchers and young hitting prospects, the boys’ varsity baseball team has started its season with more wins than it did last year. With a 6-2 overall record going into league play, the team’s start has been tepid, Head Coach Matt LaCour said.
“Our infield defense has improved significantly and is a strength of ours as well as our pitching staff. We are rather immature offensively. That needs to mature as we continue through the season,” LaCour said.
The boys’ baseball game against Alemany scheduled for yesterday was postponed due to rain. The game will be played today at Alemany.
The pitching staff, led by Lucas Giolito ’12, has stifled opponents thus far, holding opposing teams to just 13 runs in eight games.
Against Malibu, Brandon Deere ’12, Conor Dillman ’11, Jack Flaherty ’14 and Matt Ward ’11, combined for a complete game no-hitter, leading the Wolverines to a 12-0 victory in their second game of a double-header on March 16.
Giolito threw an 82-pitch three-hitter against Calabasas in Harvard-Westlake’s 1-0 win in its first game of the season.
“The pitching staff has made tons of improvements since last year,” Giolito said. “Overall, we are doing a better job throwing strikes and we are generating more outs because we have a great defense behind us that is making great plays.”
He sees the pitching staff’s improvements as paramount to the team’s success.
The Wolverine’s first goal is to win league, but they hope to advance further in CIF play than last year, when they were knocked out in the second round by Glendora.
“Expectations for the year are that we will play and practice as hard as we possibly can, other than that the other stuff will take care of itself,” LaCour said.
Correction: The Chronicle mistakenly reported in our Wednesday print issue that the Wolverines beat Alemany on Tuesday, March 22. The Wolverines will face Alemany today.