THIS TIME, ALL EYES ON HIM WHITE FOCUSING ON MILLIGAN BASEBALL GAME.
It's hard to overshadow Josh White.
``I'm a big boy out there,'' the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lancaster High senior said about his presence on the mound. A 95 mph fastball makes him even more intimidating.
But the focus was not on White after one of his most dominating performances.
White capped Lancaster's season by no-hitting Highland on May 13 to clinch a share of the Golden League title, the Eagles' first championship since 2001. That day, Saugus' Thomas Milone threw a perfect game against Canyon of Canyon Country.
White laughed about the timing of his achievement as Milone's feat stole his headlines.
White won't have to worry about Milone in Saturday's 29th annual Daily News Bernie Milligan All-Star Game at Cal State Northridge. He is one of several Saugus players unable to attend because of family vacations.
White's no-hitter isn't the only reason he is on the East team. He had 55 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings and four shutouts during the regular season. He surrendered three or fewer hits six times.
``I'm a power pitcher, so it's fun to throw heat,'' he said. ``Hitters know what they are going to get. I'm not going to finesse them.''
His aggressive style enabled White to throw six complete games during the regular season although Lancaster head coach Matt Anderson, a former minor-league pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles' organization, did not allow pitchers to throw more than 100 pitches in a game.
White said he will have to add more pitches to his repertoire next year at Sacramento State.
``I'm definitely going to have to throw my other pitches, because anyone (in college) can hit a fastball,'' said White, who became a pitcher as a junior. He also throws a curveball and changeup, although he did not have to use those pitches often in high school.
One trait White has that will help him at any level is his competitiveness.
``To be successful as a pitcher, you have to be competitive to be good,'' said Mike Spiers, director of the ABD Bulldogs, White's travel-ball team. ``You can see how much he wants to succeed, how much he wants it, when he steps on the mound.''
Sean Martin, (818) 713-3608
DAILY NEWS BERNIE MILLIGAN ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME
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|Date:||Jun 10, 2005|
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