Baseball Looks for NCS Repeat

Grant Huhn

Coming off from a very impressive season and an NCS title last year, the Matadors are hopeful that the incoming talent this season will be enough to lead them to another NCS championship. The Mats, who graduated a significant amount of senior talent last year, were 23-3-1 and ranked 21st in California last season.

“It’s going to be very hard to achieve the same things as we did last year,” said Michael Mann ‘10.  “But we have a mix incoming players that are very skilled and players with a lot of experience, so it will be interesting to see what we can accomplish this season.”

With pitching aces Andrew Kjar ‘09 and John Vaccarro ‘09 gone, it will be up to Raul Jacobson ‘10, Spencer Marx ‘12, and Peter James ‘11 to carry the pitching load this season. Jacobson received minimal playing time last season because of Kjar and Vaccarro’s abilities to pitch deep into games, a role that Jacobson is expected to fill this season. With a fastball in the high 80’s mph range and good off-speed pitches, Jacobson expects to dominate league opponents.

“My arm feels great and I have a lot of confidence right now, and hopefully that carries throughout the season,” said Jacobson.

Returning starters include catcher Kevin Paulsen ‘10 and third baseman Mann, who were solid hitters last season and will have some extra pressure this season. Other definite starters include infielders Tyler Davis ‘11, Drew Jackson ‘12, and James. The outfield will most likely consist of Justin Sawrey-Kubicheck ‘10, Alex Joss ‘10, and Matt Bonomo ‘12.

“We have a good mix of power and speed in our lineup, it’s just a matter of putting it all together and executing in the games,” said Mann.

After a blowout victory against Tennyson, the Mats defeated Cardinal Newman 14-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Jacobson.