Sea King Pitcher Set For Goodwill Games
• Senior Palos Verdes High School pitcher Joshua LaPine has been selected to play on the American team in the International Goodwill Games in Auckland, New Zealand and Adelaide, Australia.
The series of games includes two all-star high school teams from Japan and Brisbane, Australia. West Los Angeles College coach and previous PVHS head coach Murphy Su’a will be part of the American coaching staff.
“We are excited to have Joshua LaPine on our 2018 Goodwill Series baseball tour,” said Su’a.
The American team will have players from Connecticut, Philadelphia, Wisconsin and Texas in addition to California.
“Competition will be stiff against the Australians and more so when we play New Zealand’s national development team and Japan’s All-Star teams in Brisbane. It will have an Olympics & World Baseball Classic feel,” said Su’a.
Josh comes from a tremendous baseball program at Palos Verdes High School and looking for him to log innings for us on the mound and run balls down in the outfield,” Su’a said.
The Goodwill Series, which will begin on Dec. 20 and run for two weeks, is an international baseball series for players who are between 14 and 18 years old. Players are selected based on recommendations from former players, coaches and professional scouts.
The Series focuses on growing the skills of young players with the potential to play in the major leagues or at the college level. It gives players the experience to play among other high-performing players from Australia and shows them what is needed to perform in high standards.
“I’m thrilled to participate in this international event and represent PVHS and my country”, LaPine said. “Coach Su’a is an outstanding leader and I was fortunate enough to work with him when I was a freshman.”
— email reports