by Elvis Lau
Coming off a record of 8-7 in Division 1 of the AAA League, third in the league for the 2014-2015 season, and losing 6-4 in the semi-finals to Washington High School, the Galileo Lions varsity baseball team is back for the 2015-2016 season looking to take it all.
Although three players have graduated, thirteen players are returning for the 2015-2016 season, including Player of the Year senior and captain Larry Fonseca (P, SS, C) and fellow captain Fela Adewusi (OF, P, SS), both selected for the all-star team. Newcomer junior Cameron Wong (OF) also shows great potential.
When asked about last year’s semi-finals loss, Larry recalls, “we worked so hard, but in the end, we weren’t hungry enough.” Coached by Don Papa, Larry Fonseca Sr., and Dustin Andrick, the Lions are eyeing straight for the championships this time around. Fueled with vengeance from last year, this is definitely achievable. The team “bonds very well and are mixed; we don’t have individual players, but team players,” according to Larry Jr., adding, “We are much more experienced this year as well.” Senior Daltzwer Oliveros (3B, P, OF) agrees, saying that “every player on this team plays for the person beside them and not for themselves; that’s what makes us different from other teams.”
On top of being well-rounded, the team has a sound strategy for winning. During the beginning of every week, they focus on improving their defense. As senior Daniel Lao (OF, 2B) adds, “defense is the best offense.” After defense, they work on situations and batting.
A big rival to the Galileo Lions is the Washington Eagles. Whenever these teams face, there is always fierce competition. Last year, Galileo defeated Washington in three of their four games. This year, the team’s first matchup against Washington is on March 9 at Hennessey.
As the Galileo Lions looks forward to the season, Larry believes that “nothing is impossible. Never let anything big hold you back.” Junior Dylan Fong (2B, SS) says, “we’ve worked hard to get to where we are and we’re not stopping until we win.”
Coach Papa is excited for what’s to come, expressing that “the Lions are a young team, mostly sophomores and juniors. We definitely have a bright future ahead of us.”