The hotly contested playoffs of May should be a big month for Pinnacle High School, with boys’ baseball and girls’ softball teams jockeying to make runs at state titles.
John Casey averaged 20 wins in his first four seasons as Pinnacle High’s baseball coach, peaking at 23-10 with a trip to the playoffs last season.
After losing a big batch of seniors, it looked like this would be a rebuilding season for Casey’s baseballers. But, proving again that baseball is an unpredictable sport, such has hardly been the case.
The 2015 team got off to a flying start, going 14-7 through the first part of the season. “The pitching and defense have been the keys,” said Casey, who, in 1991, was a Division II 1st Team All American.
After his college career at Stanislaus State, he spent a few seasons in the minor leagues before moving on to coaching, first in New Jersey, later at Desert Mountain High. He has learned that, with young arms being carefully monitored, having a stock of...