Great expectations for Skyline baseball

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“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.