Nagamatsu named baseball’s MVP

Huskies spring baseball MVP was Mike Nagamatsu.

Other awards selected by the team included rookie of the year Nagamatsu and Randy Wunker. Most improved went to Josh Marvin. Most inspirational went to Scott May.

Selected by coaches, Wunker was named pitcher of the year. Josh Bondesen earned the Golden Glove award. The Big Stick award went to hitters Andy Ellis, B.J. Emmert, Matt Matuszak and Nagamatsu.

Ellis earned his fourth letter this year. Earning their third were Emmert, Matuszak and Jason Rassbach. Earning their second letters were Jake Gaskey, Bondesen, May, Richard Erevia and Sean Hegge. Earning their first letters were Wunker, Nagamatsu and Marvin.

“We got off to kind of a rocky start,” Coach Dan Tow said. “We lost our first six games.”

But the Huskies were playing decent baseball, Coach Tow said. Some of those games, the Huskies should have won easily, but they didn’t perform. From there, the team won a game and built confidence. It won 11 of its next 14 games, including an eight-game win streak.

In a league as balanced as the Capital Conference, many of them were by just one run and in extra innings.

“We won a lot of those really close ones,” Coach Tow said. “From the seventh game on, I’ve really felt like we played good baseball all year long.”

The team got to the point where it began expecting to win.

In the final game, losing against Central, the team played well, Coach Tow said, but the Huskies were disappointed about not making it into state playoffs.