LCSC Warriors kick off 2013 baseball season

LEWISTON, ID - The LCSC Warriors kicked off their 2013 baseball season Friday, and who better to talk to than the opening day starting pitcher Anthony Armanino.

Hailing from San Carlos California, senior Anthony Armanino's family tree is deeply rooted in baseball, so it only made sense that he would fall in love with the game.

"My dad is really into baseball and his dad got him into baseball so it's kind of been in our family forever," said Anthony.

It wasn't until junior college that Armanino abandoned his days as a two-way player and finally chose a definite direction, that direction placed him on the mound full time.

"I like the feeling of when you're on the mound it's just you verse the batter so I just stuck with that and it's been working out alright so far," said Anthony.

That's a bit of an understatement, considering that last year the Warrior pitcher finished 10-1 on the season, posting a 1.99 era and registered the Warriors' lone win in the NAIA World Series. In addition to that, he was named to the 2012 NAIA All-West Team and he was the only Warrior to earn a spot on the 2012 World Series All-tournament Team. But what does this south paw do to get ready for games?

"I'll clean all my gear, I clean my cleats, polish 'em up and that's about it," said Anthony.

And while that works leading up to game time, one song in particular fills his ears before taking the mound, and for a very special reason.

"Typically right before the game, I had a buddy pass away and his favorite song was Crazy Train by Ozzie Osborne," said Anthony. "So I usually stick with that one song right before I go out."

Once on the mound, Armanino has more than pitch, he likes to throw but said he definitely has a favorite.

"I have three pitches, fast ball, curve ball and changeup," said Anthony.

And what's your favorite to throw?

"I'd probably have to go with the change up," said Anthony.

The 2013 season is just getting started and a national championship is the goal. However beyond that comes the MLB draft in June, three days that could forever change the life of this young lefty.

Armanino hasn't been drafted as of yet and said if he doesn't get picked up he would consider the possibility of signing as an undrafted free agent.