Olonzo Woodfin IV, Sylmar High's ace left-hander, is piling up strikeouts and pitching statistics at a frantic pace, even faster than his family hands out Roman numerals. In fact, Woodfin already has XLI strikeouts in three appearances this season.
That's 41 strikeouts, in numerals that most statisticians would use. Woodfin, a 6-4 junior, has recorded those in just 17 innings--of 53 outs, 41 have been by strikeout. Woodfin's earned-run average is a minuscule 0.39 and his record is 3-0. He has allowed just three hits and seven walks.
So it's no surprise, then, that Big O's Ks have been a knockout at Sylmar (4-0).
"The school is pretty excited," Woodfin said. "Lots of people have been talking about us. The attention the team is receiving is really nice."
The difference between last season--when Woodfin was 6-4--and this one can be measured in more than statistics. Woodfin's attitude on the mound has come around as fast as his curve. The pitcher credits Coach John Klitsner.