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By Steve Breazeale
San Clemente High School standout pitcher Kolby Allard will have to sit out for at least six weeks while recovering from a stress reaction in his back, according to Tritons head coach Dave Gellatly.
Gellatly confirmed Allard’s injury via text, saying the injury is “a precursor to a stress fracture”.
The injury came at an inopportune time for the 6-foot-2-inch senior left-hander and the Tritons, who travel to Cary, N.C. this week to take part in the high-profile 2015 National High School Invitational baseball tournament. San Clemente also opened up Sea View League play with a 6-1 win over Trabuco Hills on March 20.
San Clemente is set to face Lambert High School (GA) in the first round of the NHSI on March 25 at 3:45 p.m.
Allard, a UCLA commit, has started two games for San Clemente this season, earning wins in both starts, but has pitched only seven innings. Allard entered the season as Baseball America’s No. 2 overall high school prospect.
The good news for the Tritons (8-0) is their pitching rotation has been stellar this year. Six different pitchers, including Allard, have recorded wins and the staff holds a combined 0.58 ERA.