Loyola Marymount baseball Coach Dave Snow, looking for pitching help, has lost a star recruit to the pro draft but signed another. Left-hander Wally Ritchie out of Glendale Junior College opted for the pros, but right-hander Kalani Bush from Kalaheo High in Kailua, Hawaii, will join the Lions next fall.
Snow called Ritchie "a blue chip--in our situation he would have helped immediately." Ritchie suffered an arm injury last year but bounced back to record a 12-2 season with Glendale, with a 1.92 earned-run average and 133 strikeouts in 112 innings. "That's the problem you face in recruiting at this level," Snow said. "It's always 50-50."
Bush was 6-1 on the mound, batted .368 and was named the school's athlete of the year. He was the football quarterback and center on the basketball team. He'll be rejoining former high school teammate Carl Fraticelli, who started most of the season at shortstop for Loyola as a freshman.
Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball Coach Andy Lopez lost one of his top recruits, Frank Bellino from Mt. San Antonio College, to the pro draft. But Lopez got consolation by signing seven other recruits, including Banning High star Joey Pardo. Lopez also received the good news that his ace left-hander, Jim Pena, who was drafted in the 24th round by Oakland, has elected to return to Dominguez Hills next year.