Baseball prepares for season

Ella Yadegar

The school hosted a media day for Mission League baseball and softball teams in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on Feb. 1. During the event, press reporters interviewed coaches and players about team developments during the offseasons and any plans for the up and coming seasons.
The 2023 baseball Mission League season will begin Feb. 28 and end April 27. Eight league teams will play three games every week, not including any out-of-league competitions.
In the 2022 season, the baseball team tied with Notre Dame for first place in the Mission League before losing in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals to JSerra High School.
Going into this season, the team was ranked second in Southern California in the Los Angeles Times’ rankings.
Baseball Program Head Jared Halpert said he has high hopes that the team can compete at a high level.
“The Wolverines will have a senior class of 12, with 21 rostered athletes,” Halpert said. “We’re really excited to see this team come together here in the fall and winter, healthy and eager to compete in what I think is the best league in the state of California.”
Center fielder Will Gasparino ’22 announced his commitment to The University of Texas at Austin in September 2021. He said even as a potential MLB draft prospect, he will focus on his play instead of the scouts watching.
“But I’ve always kind of thought about [the game], not really worrying who’s watching me,”Gasparino said. “Whether it’s at the cages alone, or with forty scouts, I kind of just play the same way and go out and compete.”
The team will face Foothill at the Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Preseason Invitational on Feb. 11.