The Javelina baseball team had a 14-inning scrimmage against Laredo Community College (LCC) at Nolan Ryan field last Friday afternoon, in which they showcased the talents of the pending team to be coming in the spring.
The Javelinas have a lot of new faces this year, a majority of which will be placed on the mound when the season rolls around next semester.
“Pitchers are the most important part of the team and are the reason we have been so good all these years,” Said Head Coach Gonzales on the recruits of the past and now.
The hogs dominated the whole scrimmage and LCC could not handle the pitchers.
They were throwing every fastball by them and had them out in front on a lot of off speed pitches.
LCC did have two good pitchers, but still could not match the hogs as they were spreading the ball all over the field.
With some big transfers coming in, the Hogs are very excited about the pitching staff and have high hopes for this upcoming year.
Sophomore pitcher Preston Plovanich said, “Even though we have a lot of new guys, this year’s pitching staff is probably the best ever in school history and I can’t wait to see what we’re capable of once we get everything figured out mechanically and mentally.”
The blue and gold were dominant the whole scrimmage and the pitching staff allowed only four hits in 14 innings.
As for positions, there are some big holes to fill after losing the starting Third Baseman, Shortstop, Second Baseman and Center Fielder.
“We lost a lot of big bats in our lineup last year and we need guys to step up for us this year to fill those spots, and I think we have guys that like to compete which is what we’re looking for,” said Catcher Christian Caudle.
The team still lacks in experience with a lot of young players who either haven’t seen a lot of playing time last year, and incoming freshman who haven’t seen a college baseball outing.
First baseman Jimme Roche said “This year we have some of the best pitching I’ve ever seen and I think they’re going to take us a long way we just need to score runs when we really need them late in the game.”
The Hogs were a game away from the championship in the regional tournament last year, and have hopes to make it there again this year with a strong starting rotation and bullpen along with an offense that is able to get big time hits when they need them.