Baseball: Chaminade has young pitchers to watch
Since September, West Hills Chaminade has been traveling to Orange County to play in a weekly baseball competition, and even though the Eagles have lost five one-run games, they've got a group of young pitchers to watch.
There’s another Suppan getting ready to become a varsity baseball standout this spring. Dylan Suppan, a sophomore pitcher and the nephew of major leaguer Jeff Suppan, is making major strides, according to Coach Frank Mutz.
“Dylan has come a long way,” Mutz said. “He’s going to be ready. I think you’ll be talking about him in a couple of years like you’re talking about [Lucas] Giolito and [Max] Fried.”
Giolito and Fried are the right-handed and left-handed starting pitchers for Studio City Harvard-Westlake.
Chaminade has been facing the likes of Orange Lutheran, Santa Ana Mater Dei and Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley. Junior Kevin Lewallyn will be the Eagles’ ace this spring.
Sophomore David Gaydos served notice by striking out six Capistrano Valley players in two innings. He's also an academic superstar, having won an award this year for helping invent a freeway device that converts wind from passing vehicles into energy. Maybe it's being used to help his fastball.
Oaks Christian transfer Kevin Victoria, a junior, and 6-foot-3 junior Chad Gubicza, the son of former major leaguer Mark Gubicza, also figure in the pitching plans.
And Chaminade is already working hard on bunts, because that's what teams in the Mission League will need to do to beat the Giolito-Fried duo.
-- Eric Sondheimer