The Wolfpack season ground to a halt Friday as they lost 3-0 against Aliso Niguel in the Ford CIF-SS Division 2 Quarterfinals. The Southwestern League Champions were shut out by pitcher Kyle Molnar, considered by many as one of the top pitchers in his class in the nation.
Great Oak managed to get five hits off of the Aliso Niguel junior pitcher, but failed to score runs as Molnar had a lot of help from his defense which played flawlessly though out the game. The Wolverines did not allow any Wolfpack runners to advance past first base the entire game.
Great Oak seniors Brett Dillon and Eli Lingos had two hits apiece and Trey Endris had the other against Molnar, who seemed to have everything under control on the mound. He only needed 91 pitches as he struck out seven and was in the zone all game long.
Senior Brad Wegman pitched well for the Wolfpack but was handed the loss. The Wolverines broke up a scoreless tie in the fourth with a double by second baseman Nick Grimes that drove in the first run. Wegman was working his way out of the inning when a two out throwing error led to two more Wolverine runs. That was all Molnar needed.
“He was everything we thought he would be” said Great Oak Coach Eric Morton. “We knew he’d get stronger as the game went on, so we tried to get on him early. He started using his changeup and kept us off balance”.
The Wolfpack ends the season with a 23-7 record overall. Great Oak plays in the Southwestern League, considered by MaxPreps as the toughest high school baseball league in the Nation. The Wolfpack were the league champions with a 11-4 record.