Following a 1-0 win against the Montebello Oilers on April 25, the Moors baseball team now has an overall record of 18-3, including a perfect 9-0 record in Almont League.
With a four-game lead in the Almont League standings, the team is the favorite to clinch the league title with six games left. If their lead stands, not only will the Moors win another league title, but it will be their tenth consecutive league championship, setting a new school record.
“I think we have made good progress this year; I’m very optimistic about the rest of this season,” Head Coach Steve Gewecke said. “We started off good offensively, got in a slump, then snapped out of it to play great baseball again.”
According to Gewecke, one of the reasons why the Moors have had such a successful season is because of their hitting and their star senior pitcher, Marco Briones. The Moors have already combined for four shutouts this season.
“The main strengths this year are the relationships we have with each other,” Briones said. “The hitting and the pitching are definitely our big strengths.”
As the season closes, the Moors look ahead to prepare for the upcoming year. With six seniors currently on the squad, next year’s team will include an even mix of new players and returners. According to Gewecke, some players will need to step up, whether with changing positions or just training harder in the offseason.
“We’re going to need an ace pitcher, a shortstop and outfielders next year,” Gewecke said. “We’re going to take the best incoming players no matter the age and put them in the best spot to succeed.”