Resilience on pitch

Diamond Bar High School’s boy’s baseball team has been powering through the season with a strong 6-1 record.

“We are working to control what we can and living by the mantra of ‘Be Resilient,’ ” assistant coach David Lopez said. “We have tirelessly worked at getting better every single day; each day the players and coaching staff are disciplined in our approach of working on the fundamentals of baseball and sharpening our mental approach.”

The team finished last  week with two wins against Calvary Chapel from Santa Ana, 6-1,  and St. Paul from Whittier, 9-4. 

“Currently, Maddox Bernardino, Nick Fiallo, and Aidan Nelson have been catalysts for us offensively,” head coach Jonathan Hurst said. “Ethan King, Max Buchanan, Aidan Nelson, and Ryan Lewis have all been strong pitchers for us thus far.”

Lopez added that, “every single player has played a large role in our performance thus far.”

The coaches said that the athletes practiced individually at home during their extra time in quarantine.

“Our athletes did a great job of staying in shape during the COVID pandemic; when we were given clearance to begin practicing again, our focus was on conditioning,” Lopez said. “We were able to accelerate past the conditioning phase rather quickly due to the players showing up in good physical shape.”

They also explained that the players practiced within teams outside of DBHS even when they couldn’t practice on campus.

“Many of our players compete on travel ball teams, so they continued to work outside of school during the shutdown,” Hurst said. “Teams do their best to follow safety protocols, and practice physical distancing; many of our athletes worked a great deal on their own and with family members while under quarantine.”

Tomorrow,  the team will face off against Wilson/Hacienda Heights in a conference game. Baseball games are also scheduled  against South Hills on both May 4 and May 6. On May 11, the team faces off against Walnut.