The La Verne baseball team ended its season at home as part of a three-game series against the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen.
The Leopards went 1-2 in the series.
The Leopards lost 8-0 on Friday to Cal Lutheran, but came back to win on Saturday at home 13-0.
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Rose picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing only six hits and no runs in nine innings pitched.
The exceptional pitching, paired with the Leopards’ strong at-bats, sealed the game.
But the Kingsmen returned the favor just hours later, ending Saturday’s doubleheader at 12-3.
Senior pitcher Tyler Carr of Cal Lutheran held the Leopards to 10 hits and three runs.
This season was difficult for the Leopards, following back-to-back Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles in 2004 and 2005.
With many seniors graduating this year, the team will need its returning players to take the reins.
“(Scott) Marcus is already a leader and he’ll still be here,” head coach Scott Winterburn said. “(Mark) Simmons is going to have to step it up to be a leader.”
“We have a strong pitching team to build around; we’re going to need to have a good recruitment,” he added.
Winterburn attributed problems this season to offense, but said that the players never gave up and always practiced hard.
Senior first baseman Jon Marty has high hopes for the team next season, pending a strong recruitment.
“They’ll have a great squad. A lot of great pitchers are returning: Rose, Simmons, Young, and Neu,” Marty said. “We have awesome coaching too.”
This series against Cal Lutheran was the last for graduating seniors Marty, Lucas Berry, Michael Bockstahler, Steve Hagman, Jason House, Dustin Bowers, Mike Terrones and Alain Karet.
These seniors are going to be greatly missed but not forgotten. They have set the standard for future Leopards. The team finished 6-12 in SCIAC and 17-20 overall.
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