First year Mark Keppel High baseball coach Ryan Nunez is making his intentions on the diamond clear.
“I came here to win (the Almont League championship),” Nunez said. “That’s the ultimate goal. I’m not here to just do better than last year, just win more games than last year. Our goal is specific and it’s what we want.”
But that’s not his lone goal.
“(A CIF title) is definitely a goal, too,” he said. “These kids went through some turbulent years, not winning a lot of games. But when I asked them what their individual and team goals were, they were right there with it.”
And Nunez is already thinking he’s got the squad to do it.
“They’re looking pretty good,” he said. “We’ve got ball players and kids who have been through a lot, especially the seniors the past few years. I think they’re ready to win.”
Winning ballgames takes good pitching and Nunez said the team has plenty of arms to win.
“(Pitching’s) looking good,” he said. “We got a pretty full staff. We got seniors and we got freshman and everything in between. Nick Marquez should do some things and we’re looking for some contributions from Nick Torres as well. They’re stuff is pretty good. They got fastballs and they got off-speed, so it’s pretty exciting.”
Offensively, while Marquez and Torres will be looked upon to knock in the runs, the rest might be decided by committee, Nunez said.
“We’re still working on the line-up,” he said. “One more practice game ought to solidify who’s going to go where. We should be OK. We have a lot of seniors with a lot of guys mixed in. Hopefully, they hit everything in the gap. That’s what we’re looking for.”
And defensively, the Aztecs should be anchored by second baseman Ivan Berumen, who’s coming off of a stellar season with the leather.
“He’s a solid kid,” Nunez said of Berumen. “He had a really solid fielding percentage last year, tops in the area.”
Overall, things are looking bright this season for the team, Nunez said.
“We’re good up the middle, good behind the plate,” he said. “And if the pitching staff rounds it out we’ll be good.”