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Keeping an eye on baseball

After placing 2nd in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) last season, the Northwood baseball team is looking forward to having another great season. Thanks to the addition of new players this year, the team, led by coach Rob Stuart, hopes to surpass all expectations and place 1st in PCL.

“We have been practicing hard, and we hope to improve on our record from last season. I really think we can do well in League and we have the potential to take home the league championship,” junior A.J. Aviles said.

In the preseason, Northwood’s baseball team beat the Crean Lutheran Saints 9-6 and the Centennial Huskies 9-6. However, they lost in a rematch against the Saints 4-3 and lost to the Tustin Tillers 5-11.

Though the Timberwolves have gone 2-2 in the preseason so far, the Timberwolves are confident that they can turn the rest of the season around and do even better. With a core of strong players, including seniors Kevin Okuda and Nino Kim,  junior Josh Lopez and sophomore Andrew Kim, the baseball team is looking strong this year.

“We have worked really hard to get all the plays down and execute them when needed. We have the same chance of winning League as every other team does; we just want to more,” Lopez said.

Although the Timberwolves lost their first game off league 5-4 to the Beckman Patriots, they hope to get back on track with a win against the Irvine Vaqueros on March 24.

“Our baseball team is really good this year. We have been working really hard this past year, and we have improved a lot since last season. The first game is always important for us because it sets the norm for us for the rest of the season,” Aviles said.

With a strong team, the players are confident that they can win League and go even further in the CIF championships than they did last year.

“I’m looking forward to bonding with the team this season and working hard everyday to achieve our goals. We want to win League and go as far into CIF as possible,” Lopez said.