DOWNEY - The Warren High School baseball team has gotten off to a 4-1 start.The Bears recently participated in the Newport Elks Tournament and gained five games of valuable experience. The Bears return several key players. Infielders Daniel Roman, Rey Sanchez, Matt Barela and Daniel Dominguez are all back with more skill and experience. Pitcher Michael SanAngelo returns as does outfielder Aaron Chavez and catcher Josh Carrasco. Other Bears who have emerged and are playing well thus far are outfielder Brandon Volpie and pitcher Jonathan Molina. Key losses to graduation include Hugo Rodriguez, Juan Avena and Christian Rodriguez. The Bears started league play this week against crosstown rival Downey at Warren on Thursday (score unavailable at press time). As coach Paul Alvarez has recently stepped down, interim coach Dan Noonan has taken over and hopes to lead a hungry Bear squad back to the playoffs. Gahr, Downey and Paramount will all provide tough competition and the road to the San Gabriel Valley League title will certainly go through these teams. Before stepping down, Alvarez said he believes that this year's group of boys have worked hard and have an excellent chance to win. Coach Alvarez said he had a great time coaching these players and maintains that these boys are poised to do well as long as they stay focused and continue to play hard.
********** Published: March 15, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 48