Baseball: The Hunter Greene factor

Eric Sondheimer
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There's two weeks left in the regular season for Southern Section teams, and people better start paying attention to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in Division 1 the way sophomore Hunter Greene is beginning to develop.

The Knights are 19-5 overall, 7-3 in the Mission League and have won 11 of their last 12 games. On Friday, Greene struck out 11, walked one and allowed two hits in a 2-1 win over St. Francis in which his fastball was being clocked in the low 90s mph.

"Absolutely amazing," is how Notre Dame Coach Tom Dill put in it describing Greene's control on the mound.

Greene is also batting .409 with eight doubles and 20 RBIs. He plays shortstop when he's not pitching. He's committed to UCLA but his talent and mental makeup clearly have pro scouts eagerly awaiting 2017 when he becomes eligible for the amateur draft.

What's intriguing is that his development on the mound, combined with San Diego State-bound Chris Collins, will make the Knights a very dangerous team. They get to test their playoff mentality this coming week, ending Mission League play with two games against first-place Loyola on Tuesday and Friday.

They're still unranked in the weekly Division 1 coaches' poll, but somebody better start paying attention, considering Greene's rising value.




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