Baseball drops in rankings


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Kai Caranto ’23 makes a throw to first base in the fourth inning of the Wolverines’ 3-0 victory against Loyola to win their best of three series March 9. With the shutout, the team improved their overall record to 7-3 and their Mission League record to 4-2.

Everett Lakey and Alex Dinh

The baseball team began the season 7-6, going 4-5 in league play. The team won two of three games against Loyola and St. Francis but was swept in a three game series against Notre Dame, losing 2-1, 6-3 and 9-4 on March 15, 16 and 17 respectively.Last season, the team went 22-8-1 overall and 14-3-1 in Mission league play, and the year before that, it went 17-1 in league play. Before the halfway point of this season, the team has already lost more games in league play than its previous two seasons combined.

To begin the year, it was ranked ninth in the country by Prep Baseball Report but has since fallen to 19th.Infielder Jack Laffitte ’25 said although the team is currently struggling, he believes it will improve throughout the season.

“We’re having trouble closing out games,” Laffitte said. “Our offense has been struggling a little bit, but I know this team can put it together, and we should be good in the end.”

Laffitte said the team has a lot of good players and has the potential to find success further along in the season.

“We have a lot of talented players, and we’re a tightly bonded group,” Laffitte said. “We’re a fairly small team, but we have talent everywhere around the field. And I think that if we put it all together, we are one of the best teams in the state.”

Program Head Jared Halpert said the team works to learn from experience and improve after every game.

“[There’s] no real change in strategy after wins and losses. We try to learn from every game regardless of the result,” Halpert said. “Every game offers opportunities of improvement.”

Looking forward, the team has a three-game series against the rest of the Mission League. The team will play Chaminade, Sierra Canyon, Alemany and Crespi. Halpert said the team chemistry this season is strong and he remains confident that wins will become easier as the playoffs approach.

“I’m very proud of the way our team has competed this year,” Halpert said. “We have a very close group of guys that have each other’s back.”
Pitcher Rowan Jen ’23 said he is excited to compete against strong opponents in this year’s Mission League and CIF playoffs. Last season, the team ocnluded their season after a loss to Jserra in the CIF playoffs.

“I’m excited for the challenges that we’re going to be able to tackle,” Jen said. “There are always great teams that we get to play in the Mission League and then in playoffs, and being able to go up against challenging opponents is always really fun.”