Diamond Bar, the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball rankings, was dealt a huge setback with the indefinite loss of senior pitcher Henry Omana, who broke his foot on March 30 in a spring tournament game against Anaheim.
“It was his left foot, his plant foot, Diamond Bar athletic director Kurt Davies said. “He was running down the first base line.
“He might be out the rest of the season, he might return, we don’t know at this point.”
Diamond Bar (11-2-2, 3-0) travels to second-ranked Bonita (15-1, 3-0) on Thursday in what would have been a showdown between two of the Valley’s best pitchers for sole possession of first.
Omana, who is still deciding where to attend college, is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 25 innings.
If he was healthy, Omana would have presented a great matchup against Bonita’s Justin Garza, who is 5-1 with a 0.50 ERA.
Davies said Omana likely needs surgery but is hoping it can wait until the end of the season.
“He’s going to have a second opinion on his foot (this week) to determine which path he needs to take,” Davies said. “If he doesn’t need surgery now, he’s hoping that in a couple of weeks he could return and finish the season if he can handle the pain.
“It’s obviously tough on him. He wants to play and they’re having a terrific season. We’ll see what the doctors say and take it from there.”