Boomer Elmsdale
Tue, February 20, 2024 at 04:02 AM
This season at Carson High School, the baseball team is gearing up for a strong and competitive run. The team is coming off of a stellar season last year, finishing as runner up, but falling just short of the championship. Coach Michael Kunipo-Aguirre is determined to lead the team to success this year and we sat down with him to get a preview of what we can expect from the team. Overall, Coach Kunipo-Aguirre has set his sights on a deep run in the playoffs. He wants to take the team to the championship and bring home a victory. To achieve this goal, he emphasizes the importance of consistency with their bats and timely hitting. One of the strengths for this team is their returning players. The team is senior-heavy, with three All-Area players returning for their final year. Aidan Brasher, a third baseman and pitcher, was named All-Area 1st team and Marine League MVP last year. Dylan Mares, the team's first baseman, made All-Area 2nd team and was also a 1st team Marine League selection. And Noah Gomez, a center fielder, was named to the 1st team All-Marine League. These three players bring a strong offensive and defensive presence to the team. In addition to their returning players, the team also has some new additions that are expected to have an immediate impact. Transfer student Sergio Padilla, an infielder and pitcher, brings a wealth of experience to the team. Junior Anthony Dorado and Eric Lawson, both called up from JV, are also expected to contribute to the team's success. When it comes to leadership, Coach Kunipo-Aguirre looks for qualities such as dedication, strong work ethic, and a positive attitude in his team captains. While no official captain has been named yet, several players are battling for the role and Coach Kunipo-Aguirre is confident that whoever takes on the responsibility will make a positive impact on the team. Team chemistry and camaraderie are also essential aspects for a successful team and luckily, this is something that the Carson team already has. Many of the players have known each other since before high school and have a natural bond that has carried over onto the field. Coach Kunipo-Aguirre credits this chemistry for their success and hopes to continue to foster it throughout the season.