After losing in the championship game the year before, the boys’ baseball team won all five of its games at the Easton Tournament to finish in first place. While Jacob Pardo ’14 said the team’s performance at the tournament was a good sign for the team moving forward, there is plenty more to come from the Wolverines.
“If anyone thought that at the beginning of the season our main goal was to win the Easton Tournament, then they’re crazy,” Pardo said. ‘It’s a good measure of where we’re at and we’re in a good place right now, but there’s definitely more work to be done.”
The team scored 28 runs over the five-game tournament, an average of 5.6 a game. One of the key reasons behind the offensive outburst, according to pitcher Hans Hansen ’13, is leadoff hitter Ezra Steinberg ’15. Hansen says that Steinberg, who has rotated around the infield and outfield, has performed well at the plate all year.
“He’s a very very good player,” Hansen said. “He’s very adaptable in the field and he’s very good at batting, so we really want him to hit and that’s why he’s hitting first for us. He’s been going around from second base to third base to left field. He’s really winning spots so our coaches don’t want to not play him.”
Steinberg, the only sophomore starter on the team ranked eighth in the country and second in the state by MaxPreps, logged two 3-4 games in the five-game Easton Tournament, including the championship game where the team beat Chaminade 11-0 to win the tournament. Though the win was not apart of the official league schedule, Pardo said the shutout win over Mission League rival Chaminade was a good sign for the two-time defending Mission League champions as league competition officially starts.
“That Chaminade game was huge,” Pardo said. “We certainly expected a dog fight out of that game and we didn’t really get one because we came out swinging. Overall, it gave us the confidence that we’re where we’re supposed to be at this point in the season.”
The team played at Loyola, who finished in second place in league standings, yesterday, but scores were not available at press time. The team then hosts the rival Cubs on Friday. The Wolverines will travel to North Carolina over spring break to play in the National High School Invitational tournament, where they placed second last year.
“Our goal as a team is to win the league and win the CIF championship,” Steinberg said. “If we do what we usually do, I think we have a good shot at it.”