Westside baseball team ranked fifth in the state
Opponents looking for weaknesses in the 2008 Westside Christian High School baseball team won't find any.
The Westsiders of Coach Adam Saranick have it all - talent, experience, versatility, lots of all-staters. And pitching.
This wealth of virtues has resulted in the team completing its first round of play with a 7-1 record and a fifth-place ranking in the state 3A Coaches Poll, plus a tie for first place in the West Valley League.
'We have a very experienced team,' said Saranick, now in his third season as coach. 'We have a core group of guys who have been around two or three years.
'We have 10 returning players. Five made all-league and three were all-state.'
But it gets even better.
'All three of our starting pitchers are back from last year, and they're all juniors,' Saranick said. 'That's what sets us apart from other teams.
'We're also very versatile. We've got six or seven guys who can play a variety of positions.'
The Eagles were in peak form against Colton on April 17, taking a 9-0 decision at Westlake Park. Westside Christian got a complete game pitching performance from all-stater Chris Mueller, who hurled a three-hitter while striking out 12.
All-state catcher Nate Mays led the Eagle bat attack by going 2 for 4, including a triple, with 4 RBIs. Also applying the bat well were Brandon Bray, 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored and an RBI; Kevin Krostag with 2 RBIs; and Michael Rose, 3 for 4.
Zach Renicker, another returning all-stater, leads the Eagles with 3 wins. Bray has allowed zero runs over 16 2/3 innings.
Batting average leaders are Scott Moyer, .720; Ryan Herd, .600; Mays, .520; and Rose, .400.
Most recently, Westside buried Sheridan 16-2. Bray was the winning pitcher in the game and had five strike outs.
Mays led the offense with another spectacular day at the plate. He had four hits, including a pair of doubles to go along with three runs and five RBIs.
Mueller, Ryan Herd, Josh Britton and Rose all had two RBIs apiece for the Eagles who continued their roll.