The search is on for a pitcher who might be able to beat defending Southern Section Division 1 champion Huntington Beach this season.
One candidate is 6-foot-3 junior Hunter Greene of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. He has been shut down for much of the winter, resting his arm. But he made his debut on Saturday against Santa Barbara, striking out three in two shutout innings.
Greene struck out a batter with a changeup, and that's going to be important, since the Knights are going to be playing three games a week in the Mission League this season and will need him to contribute more than his good fastball.
Greene is also Notre Dame's shortstop, and he hit a three-run home run on Saturday.
Santa Barbara is led by pitcher Kevin Gowdy, one of the best in the state. He also is beginning to throw bullpens and should make his winter debut soon. He signed with UCLA and figures to receive lots of scrutiny from pro scouts in the spring.
Gowdy and Greene were teammates for the USA 18U national team that won a gold medal in September. Greene is also a UCLA commit.