With spring just around the corner, the Lancers are headed back to the baseball diamond are looking to build off of a record-setting 2018 season.
As Trinity League champions for the first time since 2012, Orange Lutheran also won their second consecutive National High School Invitational (NHSI) championship, broke the school record for wins at 25 and went further in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs than any prior Lancer team, making it to the semi-finals.
The Lancers were also represented on the big stage in 2018, with pitcher Cole Winn’s 15th overall MLB Draft selection by the Texas Rangers.
This year’s team boasts 16 returning letterman, including 13 seniors, and with so much experience on the roster, OLu baseball head coach Eric Borba feels this could be the most balanced group the school has had.
“I’m excited about this year,” says Borba. “The depth of experience and the guys who have been in our program, along with the success we had last year, it builds some momentum going into this year.”
Preseason rankings see OLu’s potential as well, with the Lancers coming at No. 4 in Perfect Game’s national list, the highest of any California team. The Los Angeles Times has OLu at No. 3 in the Southland and Prep Baseball Report gave the Lancers the No. 1 spot in their CA preseason list.
OLu faces a daunting road, as every team they will face is ranked among the top 100 teams in the nation. This includes heading back to North Carolina to defend their NHSI crown and playing in the Boras Baseball Classic.
Despite their strength of schedule, this process-oriented group knows that if they focus on how they conduct themselves as a team, they will achieve their desired results.
“These kids understand what it takes, and it was a very good step in the right direction last year,” says Borba. “Now these guys just want to get further.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88