The Knights are coming into the 2020 season after ending the previous year with a 20-4 record, which includes a 6-2 record in the league putting them behind Alhambra for a respectable second-place finish. The Knights year came up short in the NCS semi-finals with a 2-1 loss to Bishop O’Dowd, who ended up losing in the final to Alhambra. The Knights certainly had the talent to go all the way, as they split the season series against the NCS and league winners Alhambra. This year, the Knights have to find a way to replace the seven seniors they lost including the former league MVP Jack McCullar. Along with McCullar, they also lost Dylan Graham (OF), Josh Gregson (Pitcher), and Brad Braker who all graduated. These four are leaving some pretty big shoes to fill but the Knights are hoping they can continue their recent run of success and have another great season. Pitchers Jake Kermoian and Andrew LaCour are looking to hold down the pitching staff while Seniors Aaron Winer and Matthew Hershey are leading the way with their batting. Coach Jon Stephens is also trying to find a way to replace all the seniors that left. The team is not short on pitching though because they still have LaCour, Avidor, Kermoian, and Pearce. If the offense does well this year, there is no reason why this team can’t win 20+ games again and get a top seed in the NCS playoffs.
The Knights start their season with a home league game against tough rival Acalanes. Senior Kirk Lawrus, who both pitches and plays in the field explained to me how even though many players left, this team will still be tough to stop. “We have great players ready to work hard, just like last year and even some new faces, we have a transfer Nehemiah who has incredible power and will be a great addition to our lineup.” Hopefully, Nehemiah can replace the power that is much needed on this Knights team. Kirk also commented on the difference between last year and this year’s team. We have a completely different look this year, obviously losing all those guys is tough, and winning 23 games again will be tough to do, but I have faith in our guys to work hard and if we do that then anything is possible.
This year should be a fun one and hopefully, our Knights can continue the recent success of the baseball team. Even though they lost many teammates, they have plenty of capable guys that are ready for more batting and time in the field.