The JSerra winter baseball tournament concludes on Monday, but there's already a certain outcome: Long Beach Wilson and Harvard-Westlake have made positive impressions.
Long Beach Wilson ace Jay Roman threw five shutout innings in a 2-0 win over El Camino Real. Sophomore Zach Pettway threw five shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Great Oak. And standout catcher Chris Betts, everyone's top pro prospect, had a home run and two-run double over the weekend.
Five Harvard-Westlake pitchers combined for 14 scoreless innings in wins over Esperanza and El Dorado. In particular, juniors Cameron Deere and Paul Giacomazzi were the starters and came through with shutout performances.
Another impressive pitcher was junior Andre Pallante of San Clemente. The Tritons need to find a No. 2 pitcher to go with ace Kolby Allard, and Pallante sure looked the part, throwing six shutout innings with seven strikeouts while allowing one hit in a 4-0 win over Saugus.
It's only January and some teams haven't played that many winter games, but the early analysis is it's going to be the year of the pitcher. Lots of teams are loaded with multiple pitchers.
El Camino Real received five shutout innings against Wilson from left-hander Jeremy Polan.
JSerra was getting strong pitching from backups Royce Lewis, Jake Pries and Brady Shockey. JSerra Coach Brett Kay said he used 32 pitchers in seven games. Now that's pitching depth.