Early wins fuel strong league start

Keila McCabe

Baseball has begun its season with a strong 9-1 record after losing to Valencia High School in the first round of the CIF Playoffs last season.
The team won the Easton Tournament to start the year, defeating the Notre Dame Knights in the final. Outfielder Tyler Ganus ’20 said close bonds between members of the team have aided their victories.

“Our team chemistry has been one of the most important keys to our success,” Ganus said. “This team truly feels like a family. I am really grateful to be a part of it; I look forward to every moment I get to spend with them.”
In addition to a cohesive group of players, pitcher Sam Hilboki ’19 said that the team’s hard work and dedication is unique.

“Our team’s work ethic is the best I’ve ever been a part of,” Hilboki said. “Each and every guy busts their butt day in and day out. Each individual is able to hold themselves and everyone else accountable for their actions.”

Hilboki is one of ten pitchers on the Wolverines’ roster this season. So far, program head Jim Halpert continues to rotate the pitching lineup, giving young pitchers the opportunity to grow and letting older pitchers hone in on their craft.

The squad took its only loss to the Birmingham Patriots 11-4 Feb. 26. Prior to the game, the Wolverines beat the Patriots twice. Pitcher Jack Hassett ’20 said that weak mindsets during the game hurt them.

“We just need to keep trusting each other, and things will continue to come together,” Hassett said. “I think during the loss we lost sight of that, but from here on out, it will be in the front of our minds.”