Loncar Is City’s King of ‘K’

Senior pitcher Wyatt Loncar has been a strikeout machine thus far this season for Palisades. In his first three starts on the mound he fanned 34 batters with zero walks in 19 innings.
Photo by Steve Galluzzo

It’s one thing to have a blazing  fastball, but being able to throw it where you want to is another. So far this season, Palisades High senior right-hander Wyatt Loncar is showing why he has already signed to play with Ohio State next year. In his first three starts he posted a 2-1 record with 34 strikeouts, but what impressed  Coach Mike Voelkel most about his ace is that he issued zero walks—a sign he has speed and control.

Loncar’s outing last Friday at Santa Monica was a pitcher’s duel and despite his 12 strikeouts it looked like he might be tagged with the loss after the host Vikings scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

However, Cord Vanley scored the tying run on an error and Miles Kirshner scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball, then Vanley came on in relief for the final three outs, the last on a strikeout, as Palisades rallied to win 4-3.

Palisades hosted LA Marshall on Tuesday and Granada Hills yesterday in nonleague games.