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By Steve Finley
Sports Editor 

Culver City high school dream baseball season comes to an end

 

George Laase (FSG)

Culver City junior pitcher Niko Weber-Smith will be one of the Centaurs top returning pitchers next season. His relief pitching helped the Centaurs beat Oak Hills last week.

Sometimes dreams don't come true and that's what happened to the Centaur baseball team last Tuesday when they were beaten by Camarillo high school 6-4 on the road in the CIF Division 4 semifinal game. Culver City was one game away from making history as the first baseball team to make it to the finals.

The Centaurs finished their dream season with a great 25-5 record that included three playoffs wins, a first-place finish in the tough Bay league and memories that will last a lifetime. Last season they finished last in the Bay league and finished the season with a 9-13-1 overall record.

George Laase (FSG)

Devin Asamura-Hall will return for his senior year next season to play second base.

This season the Centaurs had an outstanding team that focused on fundamentals, timely hitting, solid pitching, team camaraderie and good coaching. "Mental toughness is what we believe in," said head coach Devaughn Wallce last week after their 3-2 come from behind win over Oak Hills high school. That game was one of the most intense baseball games at Culver City in recent memory.

"The atmosphere was great," said Wallace. "They had people cheering and we had people cheering. It was back and forth. That was high school baseball at its finest."

Wallace is also very proud of his coaching staff. "I have a great coaching staff. We understand that the kids need to let their opinions be heard. After last season the players said they wanted to have a voice in the conversation and the coaches listened to them. That's one of the reasons we had a successful season."

Next season will be Wallace's third as the head coach and with the way they played this year it looks like next season will be another banner year.

 

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