By John Philip Wyllie
Under the leadership of Manny Hermosillo, Montgomery High School’s baseball program has become one of the winningest teams in San Diego County. Players such as Sergio Mitre and Oscar Robles have advanced to the major leagues and several others are now plying their trade in the minors. Despite the fact that the Aztecs are in the midst of a rebuilding season and missing from this year’s elite Top Ten, Hermosillo is still producing quality players. One of them is senior Edgar Molina.
“We committed to Edgar when he was in the ninth grade, so he is the latest of our four-year letterman. His older brothers played with us and one of them is starting in center field for BYU right now, so Edgar was ready (for the varsity team) as a freshman because he benefited from watching his brothers and learning from them,” Hermosillo said.
Molina is a jack-of-all-trades for the Aztecs. He plays first base, outfield and pitches and he is among the team’s best hitters. He was recognized with league honors following his sophomore and junior seasons and hopes to make this his best season of all. Healthy for the first time since last season, Molina is rediscovering his groove.
“He suffered a back injury last year and he is just now coming around. He’s looking forward to ending his high school career on a good note,” Hermosillo said.
Earlier this season Molina demonstrated what he can do on the mound.
“Edgar hadn’t pitched at all since last summer, but when we asked him to pitch against top-ranked Fallbrook, he just said, “Give me the ball.” Molina rose to the occasion and shut down the highly-touted Warriors in an Aztec upset. Hermosillo believes Molina could prosper on the next level as a pitcher.
“He has got a future ahead of him provided that his back continues to improve. Many people like his arm and his outstanding curve ball. That is what he used to beat Fallbrook. He also has a strong bat and pretty good range in the outfield. Where he plays will be determined by the program he falls into and where they need him to play. He is very versatile.”
Molina’s versatility is evident in the classroom as well. Having earned a 3.2 G.P.A. and particularly strong in math, he would like to pursue a degree in business and attend Cal-State San Marcos.
Molina credits Hermosillo for much of the progress he has made. As the latest star to emerge from the Montgomery tradition of excellence he is grateful for having been given the opportunity.