San Clemente, Calif., left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard, one of the top draft prospects, may not play this season unless the Tritons go deep in the playoffs, his coach says.
Allard, an UCLA signee, injured his back on March 20 and the diagnosis was a stress reaction, a precursor to a stress fracture.
“It’s nothing career-threatening, but a matter of rest,” San Clemente coach Dave Gellatly said. “He’s not going to take six weeks off and then go right back in a game. I don’t know if he’s going to pitch at all this season. If he comes back, it will probably be deep in the playoffs. I think we’re certainly capable of doing that without Kolby.”
With Allard recuperating, the Tritons won the season’s biggest tournament, the National High School Invitational. They are 17-6 and were No. 16 in the Super 25 baseball rankings before two one-run losses to No. 20 Dana Hills (Dana Point) on Tuesday.
“It wasn’t a league game, but our guys played it like it was a Whiffle Ball game on a Saturday afternoon,” Gellatly said. “Even without Kolby, we’re a good team. With him, we’re a great team.”