Great expectations for Skyline baseball

“I want us to win the championships,” Coach Dino Nomicos said of Skyline’s baseball team. “I think we’ll be first or second.”

The new season starts with a three game series to Barstow, an average team, that Nomicos says his hard-working team should beat.

The group of 30 guys consists of half returning players and half freshman. The team has been preparing all off-season for the upcoming season. On Tuesday Jan. 24 the team scrimmaged 2nd in state, Sacramento City, and though for a scrimmage they don’t keep score, the Trojans technically won.

“It was a good game, we played real well,” Nomicos said. “It was a good prelude to our opener this weekend.”

The pitcher staff consists mostly of sophomores with one freshman starting. The pitchers are leading a great offense, according to Nomicos.

“It’s the strongest pitching staff we’ve ever had,” Nomicos said. “We have a strong offense but we’re not as strong defensively.”

The starters are mostly sophomores with the exception of a couple of freshman. Matt Lucchesi is a starting freshman at catcher and freshman Brian Lloyd starts at shortstop. Lloyd is a returner but didn’t play last season due to an injury.

On Tuesday Jan. 31 the Trojans are playing state champs Santa Rosa at home.

“That should be a really good game,” Nomicos said. “We have great team chemistry; they’re a hard working group of guys.”

Nomicos expects great things out of his team. The games right now are pre-season games leading up to the regular season which begins on Thursday March 2.