PAGMETER BASEBALL ALL CENTRAL SECTION ALL STAR TEAM 2021
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PAGMETER BASEBALL NOTE
Putting the Best of the Best Central Section All Star team together was not easy, and it could have went in many different directions…
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A Re-cap of Championship Week
DIVISION 1 CENTRAL SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
BUCHANAN BEARS beat LIBERTY PATRIOTS 17-4
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BUCHANAN BEARS-CENTRAL SECTION CHAMPIONS FOR THE 7TH time.
MADERA COYOTES beat ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES 9-1
Coyotes also won a division 2 Championship in 2013
RIDGEVIEW WOLF PACK beat KERMAN LIONS 3-2
WP Sophomore Bradley Perez, 3 IP, 4 K’s, 0 Hits. Freshmen 2B Adam Salazar (3-3, double) would tie the game in the top of the 2nd with an RBI single before breaking the tie and driving in the winning run in the top of the 7th with an absolute laser down the third base line.
BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES beat SANTA MARIA SAINTS 14-6
WP – Kyle Guinn and went 2-3, 2B, RBI. Evan Cloyd 2-4, 2B, RBI. JD Fritch 2-4, 2B, 2RBI’s. Jace Sherley 2 doubles, 5 RBI’s.
WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS beat MINARETS MUSTANGS 5-3
The Panthers also won it in 1982, 1983,1999, 2009 & 2010
KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS beat FRESNO CHRISTIAN EAGLES 19-0
FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN THUNDERBIRDS SCHOOL HISTORY
PAGMETER SPECIAL AWARDS
Congratulations to all the Section Champions!
This award went to a team that won it all including a State Championship with a very young team. Making Memories!!
PAG METER CO-TEAM OF THE YEAR
RIDGEVIEW WOLF PACK
What a tremendous job Head Coach Jason Hunsaker and his staff did with a young team. The Wolf Pack played in the tough SWYL that got the Pack battle tested for the playoffs who beat a red-hot Kerman Lions team on a 110-degree day 3-2 in Kerman to win the Division 3 Section Championship. The Pack stayed hot and won the Division 4 State Championship. Watchout for the Ridgeview Wolf Pack in 2022 because most are returning.
This 2021 team had maybe the most talent of all the Bear teams in school history. When you have at least 8 Division 1 players in your lineup, you are expected to win but you still must play the game. This Bears team had it all and then some. The Bears went coast to coast and won the schools 7th Central Section Championship.
PAGMETER MVP Note. Our MVP goes to a player that the team would have struggled without him hitting and pitching. It’s that simple. The other players up for this award, we felt would not have missed a beat without them…
PAG METER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CAM SCHNEIDER-SOPHOMORE-BULLARD KNIGHTS
Meet the Shohei Ohtani of the Central Section who is a 5-tool player with speed, a great arm and power. Cam was the MVP in the 2021 toughest league. By the time Cam graduates, the CMAC MVP will be in the talks at being one of the best Knights in school history and that is saying a lot. Legend Bullard Knights coach Mike Noakes says “As of now Cam’s on track and has a chance assuming he’ll continue to perform and develop at his current ability level. He has a great work ethic, is mentally tough and highly motivated. Super kid & very supportive family (his grandfather and I played at Fresno High together). A long answer, yes, Cam should be an all timer”. The super sophomore did it all for the Knights and he came up big in so many clutch situations on the mound, playing 3rd base and in the batter’s box. At the plate, Cam hit .427 with 15 doubles, 5 triples, 37 RBI’s & 2 Homers. Mike Noakes field is one of the bigger fields in the Central Section and it’s tough to hit homers in. Any other home field, Cam would have hit at least 10 homers. On the mound, the hard throwing right hander went 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA. The Knights asked a lot from their guy, and always came through. Colleges are already all over Cam and look for plenty of MLB teams hounding Cam Schneider during his senior year. Cam will be playing in the 2021 Area Code Games and playing for the Oakland A’s underclass team.
PAGMETER Small School Player of the Year Note. This one was an easy pick!
PAG METER SMALL SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TYLER KIGGENS-SENIOR-WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS
Tyler had one of the best senior years in Union history in leading the Panthers to a Division 5 Section Championship. The City-County All Star hit .441, with 45 hits, 24 stolen bases and knocked in 38 runs. Tyler threw a No-hitter in the State playoff Semifinal game. Next stop will be playing at COS.
The PAGMETER COACH of the Year award Note.
every year it usually goes to one of the Section Champion Coaches. This year we thought who had to work overtime with what they had at the time.
This pick was a No Brainer!
PAG METER COACH OF THE YEAR
ANDY UNDERWOOD-MADERA COYOTES
It’s not how you start but how you finish especially when you don’t have a full team for most of the year. Most players in Division 1 and Division 2 only play baseball. This year was crazy. The Coyotes had 14 of 28 players playing other sports during the baseball season. Wait….What!
Coach Underwood, Jacob Saldate and staff did a tremendous job with a scrappy team that worked their asses off from the start especially with a team that was not all playing together until after the CMAC League started. The Coyotes had so many outstanding multi-sport athletes playing other sports (Love that by the way) and the staff had to figure out a band-aid lineup for MANY games. The Coyotes played a killer schedule and when the team got at full strength, the Coyotes took care of business and won the Division 2 Section Championship. The No 6 seed Coyotes went on the road and beat No 3 seed Fresno High in the Quarterfinals, beat No 2 seed El Diamante in the Semifinals and went to the coast and beat the No 1 seed Arroyo Grande Eagles in the Championship game. This is a story of a great job coaching with a team getting better and better every game. The Coyotes never panicked and stayed the course. Job well done!
PAGMETER Offensive Player of the year note. This one was easy!
PAG METER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TANNER SAGOUSPE-SENIOR-MEMORIAL PANTHERS
Tanner is one of the best players in the state and the Stats prove it. If you are going to play at the next level, you better dominate high school and Tanner sure did that. Tanner was a 4-year starter and 4-year PAGMETER All Star and this year he hit .490 AVG with 48 hits, 10 Doubles, 3 Triples, 11 Home Runs (ties a school HR record with SJM great Trent Soares) and knocked in 45 runs. Tanner was one heck of a Catcher & would have been the Ace if needed and was a huge part of the Panthers winning 3 straight Division 2 Section Championships and 3 straight CMAC Championships. Tanner was the Week 5 PAGMETER/Boston House of Pizza Player of the week. Tanner has a 4.4 GPA, and the next stop will be playing for the Cal Poly Mustangs.
PAGMETER Pitcher of the year note.
This was the year of some outstanding pitchers, and this was a tough call, but we went with the most dominate pitcher in the section.
PAG METER PITCHER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TOBY TWIST-SOPHOMORE-BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES
Toby is already one of the best pitchers in the country who plays the game the right way. The super sophomore is athletic and a lefty which is extra special. The scary thing is he will only get better and already has a 90-mph fastball and a very good curve ball. Toby threw 35 innings, only gave up 12 hits and had an ERA of 0.36 with 75 K’s. At the plate he had a .537 batting average with 8 doubles, 10 stolen bases and one of the leaders in the clubhouse for PAGMETER Player of the year in 2022. Toby has verbally committed to play for the Oregon Ducks and Oregon is hoping that their future star lefty doesn’t sign because he will be a high draft choice in 2 years.
PAGMETER Best Multi Sport Note.
Playing baseball by day and playing basketball by night is tough to do along with getting it done in the class is not easy.
PAGMETER’S BEST MULTI-SPORT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QUAID COPHER-SENIOR-LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS
Quaid was outstanding in Basketball & Baseball and played both at the same time. Quaid was one of the best leadoff hitters in the Central Section that had great speed, hitting.486, 8 doubles and 1 home run. In Basketball he averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game and getting it done in the classroom.
PAGMETER Defensive Player Note. Temo is going to Stanford. Boom! Not a tough call.
PAGMETER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TEMO BECERRA-SENIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
One of the best infielders in the country and did it all will his 5-tool skills. The Senior team leader led the Bears to a Central Section Championship playing tremendous defense, outstanding at the plate and was the Bears Closer. Temo hit .391 with 9 doubles, 6 Homers and knocked in 33 runs. The City-County All Star was the first All Star ever leading off the game with a long Home Run. Next stop will be playing for the Stanford Cardinal.
PAGMETER Underclassmen Award Note.
When Stanford comes calling before your freshman year…..Easy pick!
PAG METER UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE YEAR
BRANDT MUNGER-FRESHMAN-CVC CAVALIERS
Here is one of the best freshmen in the County and already off to a great start. The Central Sequoia Offensive Player of the year and Stanford commit has major pop in his bat that hit .429, with a .650 slugging %. Watch out for the Cavaliers the next 3 years with Brandt leading the way.
PAG METER SUPER 60 ALL CENTRAL SECTION ALL STAR BASEBALL TEAM
JUSTIN TRIMBLE-SENIOR-ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES
Justin came into the year as the No 1 ranked First basemen in the Country and he did not disappoint. It’s not easy to focus sometimes when you have so many Major Leagues scouts watching you during the year. He hit .397, scored 31 runs, walked 21 times, knocked in 33 runs with 7 doubles, 4 triples, 13 stolen bases and hit 9 home runs. The next stop for one the best to ever play at Arroyo Grande will be playing at UC Santa Barbara.
AUSTIN YOUNG-SENIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
With a team that was loaded with so much talent. Austin was the team leader who took care of the pitching staff behind the plate. The TRAC Player of the year next stop will be playing at Fresno State.
CARSON TURNQUIST-JUNIOR-PASO ROBLES BEARCATS
One of the best players in the country that the North/South valley didn’t get to see play because of the travel issues but let me tell you, the Central Section missed out. The super junior did an outstanding job pitching with an exploding 92mph fastball, hitting, and playing 3rd base. The Bearcats hard throwing right hander went 6-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 68 strikeouts in 40 innings. At the plate his batting average finished at .400, with 5 doubles, hit 7 home runs, 2 grand slams, Central Section RBI king knocking in 45 runs. The Bearcats will be very good in 2022 and leading the way be their Ace who already has a verbal commit to play for the Oklahoma Sooners and will be playing in the Area Code games for the Milwaukee Brewers.
MAX BERNAL-JUNIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
The leader in the Clubhouse for at least PAGMETER Offensive Player of the year in 2022. The super lefty had a tremendous junior year hitting & pitching. Max helped lead the Bears to the Central Section Championship hitting 7 home runs and knocked in 37 runs. Max will be one of the best home run hitters in school history after next year.
CUTTER COFFEY-JUNIOR-LIBERTY PATRIOTS
Cutter has the makings to be the PAGMETER Player of the year in 2022 because he is so good pitching, hitting with power and a tremendous shortstop. At Shortstop, he is gold with a great arm, range, and hands. At the plate he hit .479, with 35 hits, 9 Home runs, with 36 RBI’s. On the hill he has a 90mph fastball and finished with 1.31 ERA. Cutter will be playing in the Area Code games for the Milwaukee Brewers.
AUSTIN CHARLES-JUNIOR-STOCKDALE MUSTANGS
You must watch Austin play to appreciate just how good he is, and the scary thing is he will only get better. Mark it down that you heard it here first but I’m calling it that Austin will be in the big leagues someday. Austin is 6’6 has great hands at shortstop, speed on the bases and has amazing power. His senior year will be off the charts and already has an offer from UC Santa Barbara among others and look for Austin to get a ton of attention in the draft. Austin will be playing in the Area Code games for the Milwaukee Brewers.
EDDIE SALDVAIR-SENIOR-MEMORIAL PANTHERS
The 3-time PAGMETER All Star is one of the best left-handed hitters in the state and a very tough out. Eddie was a huge part of the Panthers winning 3 straight Division 2 Section Championships and 3 straight CMAC Championships. Eddie leaves SJM as the all-time leading hit leader in school history with 126 breaking Nicco Dalena’s record. This year Eddie hit .451 with 46 hits, 15 doubles, 6 triples, 5 Home Runs, 46 RBI’s, 21 Stolen Bases and the next stop will be playing at long beach State.
RYAN FEATHERSTON-SOPHOMORE-STOCKDALE MUSTANGS
Ryan is already one of the best pitchers in the state and only a sophomore. Ryan is smooth, always under control and can throw a strike with any pitch on any count, Ryan is the leader in the Clubhouse for PAGMETER Pitcher of the year the next 2 years and already has an offer from the Oregon Ducks.
JACK ANKER-JUNIOR-TULARE WESTERN MUSTANGS
The Mustangs have their ace ready for a big senior year and is one of the most mentally tough players you will ever find. Jack has a very good fastball with an excellent Curve ball and slider who finished the year with an ERA of 0.00. He is also a fantastic shortstop and has already verbally committed to play at Fresno State. The East Yosemite MVP will be playing in the prestigious Area Code games in August with the Oakland A’s.
ROBBIE LARDNER-JUNIOR-TEMPLETON EAGLES
The Eagles 6’3 lefty ace pitched in all of the big games and did a heck of a job finishing at 6-3 with a fantastic 0.71 ERA. He lost 3 tough games. Robbie threw 69 innings and the Central Section strikeout king with 118. At the plate he hit .377 with 7 doubles. In the semifinals, Robbie pitched a gem, gave up an unearned run and lost 1-0 to the Ridgeview Wolf Pack who went on to win it all. Robbie will come into 2022 as one of the top pitchers in the Central Section.
JACOB TOBIAS-SENIOR-LIBERTY PATRIOTS
Jacob leaves Liberty as one of the best Patriots ever. This year Jacob hit .365, knocked in 28 runs, hit 10 Home Runs, in only 22 games. In 80 games he hit .406 with 18 Home Runs, 90 RBI’s,30 doubles and the next stop will be playing at Arizona State.
LOGAN CLARK-JUNIOR-TAFT WILDCATS
Logan is one of the best defensive catchers in the state with a shotgun of an arm and get ready for a huge senior year. Nobody runs on the Wildcats with Clark behind the plate and boy does that help the defense. Logan hit 3rd in the Wildcats batting order and finished his junior year hitting .392 with 21 RBI’s, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 14 walks, 10 stolen bases and hit 3 homers. Logan has already verbally committed to play at Cal State Bakersfield.
CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS-SENIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
Christian joined the elite Bears Hall of Fame group of Justin Wilson, Steven Moranda, Seth Moranda, Dominic Topoozian, Connor Loeprich, and Grant Gambrell with being the winning pitcher in the Central Section Championship game. The Bears ace was the TRAC Pitcher of the year and loved pitching in the big game. Next stop will be pitching at Fresno City College.
DEVON DANIELS-JUNIOR-KERMAN LIONS
Devon Daniel had a magical junior year, throwing shutout after shutout along with doing damage at the plate. Devon went 7-2 with a O.55 ERA, 105 strikeouts in 63 innings. Devon was the week 4 PAGMETER/Boston House of Pizza Player of the week, throwing a Perfect game with 13 strikeouts on the road at Firebaugh. At the plate, he hit .393, with 10 stolen bases and his senior year will be off the charts. Devon has verbally to play at St Mary’s College.
SKY WILLIAMS-SENIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
Sky got hot at the right time and the Bears were loving it. In 3 playoff games, Sky hit .455 with 2 homers, 4 RBI’s 2 doubles and a triple. Without Sky the Bears don’t win their 7th Central Section Championship. The Bears were down in the bottom of the 7th to Righetti High 6-5 with 2 outs in the first round of the playoffs and Mr. Clutch hit his first career Home Run and it was a walk off 2-run shot.
KALEB DICKEY-SENIOR-LIBERTY PATRIOTS
Keep an eye on this big first basemen because he has power and can pick it. This year the Patriots team leader hit .358 and the next stop will be playing for the USC Trojans.
MIKEY BELL-JUNIOR-MEMORIAL PANTHERS
Mikey focused on baseball and did not play spring football. Mikey is one heck of a quarterback and will be playing QB this fall for the Panthers. Mikey is a 3-year starter at shortstop and this year he hit .472 with 42 hits, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 36 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and will come into his senior year as one of the best players in the state.
AUSTIN BENO-SENIOR-EL DIAMANTE MINERS
Austin will go down as one of the best Miners in school history in baseball and in football. The 3-year All Star was so good at running back and in baseball, he was one of the top pitchers in the Central Section. His senior year he pitched in all the big games and went 7-2, with a 1.79 ERA, 62 innings pitched, with 75 strikeouts, 1.069 WHIP and .350 batting average at the plate. That’s what you call an ACE! Next stop will be a 2-way player at Reedley College and if anybody can do it, it’s the super athlete Austin Beno.
CAMERON CUNNINGS-SENIOR-BULLARD KNIGHTS
The Hard throwing right-hander got better and better every game. For me Cam’s pitching compares to Chicago White Sox outstanding pitcher Lance Lynn who will challenge you with his fastball with location. Cam is an overpowering pitcher that will come right at you with his stuff. Cam went 7-2 with 2.16 ERA, 3 saves, 50 innings and 66 strikeouts. Next stop will be pitching at Kansas University.
JP ACOSTA-SOPHOMORE-BUCHANAN BEARS
One of the best switch-hitting players with power in the country. JP will be the Bears Shortstop and will also be playing in the 2021 Area Code Games and playing for the Oakland A’s underclass team.
ETHAN ROYAL-SENIOR-ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES
One of the Best Center fielders in the Central Section with plenty of speed. The Eagles ignitor Hit .446 with 20 stolen bases, hit 5 home runs, 4 triples, and knocked in 37 runs. Next stop will be playing for Cuesta College and the Cougars are getting a good one.
NATHAN BAEZA-JUNIOR-CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES
Nathan will come into 2022 as one of the best pitchers in the Central Section. The TRAC All Star will be even stronger after playing some tremendous summer ball. Nathan has an 88-mph fastball along with a very good slider. Look for the strikeout pitcher to be on plenty of college radars.
BRAYAN NUNEZ (CHINO) -SENIOR-SANTA MARIA SAINTS
One of the best catchers in the Central Section and the Saints team leader. The ironman caught almost every inning in his 4-year career and also played Water polo. The workhorse catcher called all the pitches and that is so rare in today’s baseball world. Chino has a cannon behind the plate and was dangerous at the plate hitting over .400. The next stop will be catching at Hancock College.
JACOB GUTIERREZ-JUNIOR-RIDGEVIEW WOLF PACK
The SWYL Player of the year got hot at the right time in leading the Wolf Pack to the Division 3 Section Championship and a State Championship. In 6 playoff games he put the Pack on his back and went 3-0, in 20 IP, 2 ER, 18 K’s and at the plate he hit .412 avg. with 9 big RBI’s, 2 doubles, 2 HR’s 6 stolen bases and a huge grand slam. For the year, he threw 72 innings, with 86 K’s, 1.16 ERA, hit .385, with 24 RBI’s, 3 home runs, 16 stolen bases. Jacob’s senior year will be fun to watch.
BRYSON HOIER-JUNIOR-PASO ROBLES BEARCATS
This Bearcat is a tremendous shortstop/center fielder with speed and power. Bryson was always on base and had a slugging % of 739. Batting average of 391, scored 33 runs, knocked in 18 runs, with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers, walked 20 times with 21 stolen bases and has a verbal commit to play for the Loyola Marymount Lions.
NICK PERRYMAN-SENIOR-INDEPENDENCE FALCONS
The Senior ace will go down as one of the best in Falcon’s history. The super lefty is a hard throwing pitcher that attacks the zone that finished his senior year with a 1.24 ERA, 45 IP with 90 K’s, In his career, Nick leaves Independence with career 1.01 ERA. The next stop will be playing at Cal State Bakersfield.
AARON REY-SENIOR-CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES
Aaron was the most improved player in the Central Section and has plenty of power at the plate. The City-County All Star Catcher was absolutely huge for the Golden Eagles with his offense and his defense. The senior team leader did a great job with a young Golden Eagles team and finished hitting .375 with 6 homers and knocked in 36 runs. Aaron had one heck of a year and the next stop will be catching at Fresno City College.
WILL GAGON-JUNIOR-REEDLEY PIRATES
By the time this outstanding junior leaves Reedley, he will be considered one of the best Pirates in school history. The 3-year starter was a tough out at the plate hitting .420, on 42 hits with 13 doubles, hit 6 home runs and knocked in 39 runs. The ace of the staff went 10-3 with a 1.12 ERA in 81 innings pitched.
MICK BACKOWSKI-SENIOR-CLOVIS COUGARS
Mick had one heck of a senior year and the team leader for a young Cougars team. The City-County All Star hit .421 with 40 hits, 9 doubles. The outstanding defensive outfielder was a tough out and always on base.
LEE TREVINO-SENIOR-REDWOOD RANGERS
One of the hardest working players in the Central Section and got hot in the 2nd half of the year hitting almost .500. Lee plays the game the right way and one of the best defensive infielders in the state. Next stop for the Redwood MVP will be playing at Dominguez Hills.
KORY LIKENS-SENIOR-CENTENNIAL GOLDEN HAWKS
Kory is one of the best hitters in the Central Section that nobody knows about unless you played the G-Hawks. Kory finished hitting .500, hit 6 Home Runs, 12 doubles and knocked in 29 runs.
HUDSON BARRETT-JUNIOR-FRONTIER TITANS
Get ready for a fantastic senior year from this lefty pitcher/hitter. Hudson threw the first No-hitter in school history earlier this year beating the Drillers with 11 K’s. Hudson thew 39 innings with 70 K’s and finished hitting .535
ANFERNEE MURRIETA-SENIOR-LEMOORE TIGERS
Meet one of the best baseball players in the state that nobody knows about. The team leader was a pitcher/shortstop that had a fantastic senior year. Anfernee pitched in all the big games for the Tigers going 7-2 with a 1.94 ERA in 43 innings and 74 strikeouts (WOW!) At the plate the WYL All Star hit .355 with 33 hits, knocked in 20 runs, 10 doubles and stole 19 bases. The next stop for the hard throwing righthander will be playing at Sacramento State.
LANDON PENDERGRAS-CLOVIS EAST T WOLVES
The T Wolves graduated plenty from last year and Landon was the team leader who did a great job pitching and hitting. The City-County All Star hit .392
ANDREW PERALES-SENIOR-CENTRAL GRIZZLIES
A 4-year starter with big time power and one of the toughest outs in the Central Section. The City-County All Star hit .479, scored 25 runs, 34 hits, 8 doubles, knocked in 28 runs and hit 3 homers. Next stop will be playing at the College of Sequoia (COS)
ELIJAH MOULTRIE-JUNIOR-EDISION TIGERS
One of the fastest players in the Central Section. The outstanding outfielder will only get better and better. Elijah was the guy that every team focused on when you played the Tigers and hit .368 with 12 doubles, 4 homers and 8 stolen bases. Elijah will come into the 2022 season as one of the top players and has verbally committed to play at San Jose State.
REES KENT-SENIOR-CLOVIS NORTH BRONCOS
A 3-year starter who can flat out hit with speed and can pitch. Rees was the team leader and did it all for the Broncos and the next stop will be playing at St Mary’s College. The Gael’s are getting a good one.
CAMERON DEMARIA-SENIOR-CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS
Cam would be a star on any team he played on in the state and a very intimidating player at 6’8. The City-County All Star finished with a .571 batting average, with 44 hits, knocked in 41 runs, hit 5 home runs 9 doubles, and walked 12 times. One of the top RBI leaders in the Central Section next stop will be playing at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
DEAN MCCURLEY-SENIOR-CENTRAL GRIZZLIES
Dean was a 4-year starter with big time power who was Mr. Clutch all year long at the plate and on the hill. Whatever the Grizzlies needed, Dean came through. The City-County All Star was a great leader and role model for the Central Baseball community who hit .474, with 7 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, walked 11 times, slugging % of 868 and a OPS of 1400. Next stop will be playing at Fresno City.
THE NATE BOYS FROM THE DIVISION 2 SECTION CHAMPIONS
NATE MARTINEZ-SENIOR- MADERA COYOTES
It was the Nate boys that took over for the Coyotes with the pitching… Nate got better and better as the year went on in helping the Coyotes win the Division 2 Section Championship. The City-County All Star came up big down the stretch and pitched outstanding in the semifinals beating El Diamante 3-1 with 8 K’s.
NATE PALACIOZ-SENIOR- MADERA COYOTES
This was the other Nate who pitched in plenty of big games down the stretch in helping the Coyotes win the Division 2 Section Championship. In the Quarterfinals, Nate threw a complete game in the win over Fresno High 11-2. The Coyotes made it to the Championship game and traveled to No1 Arroyo Grande and Nate said give me the ball and get out of the way. The City-County All Star was lights out firing a complete game 2-hitter with 9 K’s.
ZACH SILVA-SENIOR-ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES
Zach was on his way to having one of the best pitching seasons in school history until he had to shut it down with an arm injury. We will never know if the Eagles would have won it all if Zach could have pitched in the playoffs. Zach finished with a 6-0 record in 33 innings pitched with 41 K’s. Next stop will be playing at Cuesta College.
WYATT (GIBBY) GIBSON-SENIOR-CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES
Wyatt was the PAGMETER DH of the year who had a huge year for the Golden Eagles hitting clean up. It is great to see that players can still hit, and Gibby sure showed that hitting .446 with 6 home runs. The City-County All Star crushed a home run in the game and the next stop he will be crushing home runs for Fresno City College Rams.
TREVOR WILSON-SOPHOMORE-EDISION TIGERS
Here is a player with all kinds of talent. This All Star outfielder is very good and will only get better. Trevor plays like a young Mike Trout with speed, power and a great arm. Trevor hit .384 and was always pitched around in the Tigers line up and has already verbally committed to play for the Oregon Ducks.
The latest news, Trevor has transferred to Bullard and will play centerfield for the Knights the next 2 years.
JAYDEN GONZALES-JUNIOR-KERMAN LIONS
What a year this super junior had and I’m already looking forward to his senior year. NSL All Star went 8-0 on the hill with 1.87 ERA with 47 K’S. Jayden was a huge part of the Kerman Lions tremendous 20 game winning streak. The Lions will be very good again in 2022.
CHRIS CLEMENT-JUNIOR-HANFORD BULLPUPS
Chris played all around the infield for the Bullpup’s in the 2021 season – primarily at Shortstop. He also stepped into a huge role throwing the majority of the innings as well as being nominated as 1st Team All-WYL Shortstop. Overall He hit .355 (.405 in WYL), 2 HR’s, 7 2B’s and 16 SB’s, he threw 35 innings with 42 K’s. He will be a key factor in the Bullpup’s success in 2022 season. Chris has been up to 90 over 2021 summer, he competes and has an above average changeup with a hard breaking ball.
ERICK LOPEZ-SENIOR-FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS
Erick was a hitting and RBI machine for the NYL champions. The senior had and outstanding career at the plate and on the mound. The senior leader hit .450 and pitched in plenty of big games for the Warriors.
TREVIN PAULSON-IMMANUEL EAGLES
The Central Sequoia League Player of the year and City-County All Star was a tough out and hit .446. The speedy Eagle scored 25 runs and was always on base. Next stop for this outstanding Centerfielder will be playing at Reedley College.
ORIN HIRSCHKORN JR-SENIOR-CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS
The West Sequoia league MVP had a tremendous senior year for the Blue Crew. Orin had a batting average of .452, with 38 hits, scored 44 runs, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, 18 stolen bases and knocked in 37 runs. Next stop will be playing at Saint Mary’s College
EVAN CLOVD-JUNIOR-BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES
What a year this super junior had hitting, 500 with 40 hits along with being one of top RBI leaders in the Central Section with 41. Evan was always on base scoring 28 runs, hit 13 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run and stole 7 bases. Evan will come into 2022 as one of the top hitters in the Central Section.
JACKSON HOWELL-JUNIOR-MORRO BAY PIRATES
The Pirates ace will come into the 2022 year as one of the best pitchers in the State. The hard throwing right hander fired a No-hitter this year in a 5-0 win over Pioneer Valley with 13 K’s. He went 9-2 with a 1.45 ERA, 73 strikeouts in 58 innings.
MURF GRAY-JUNIOR-MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS
One thing I love about this All Star, he was consistently being recruited by other local high schools (that is sooooo wrong) and he has always said all along that he wants to play with the guys he grew up with. (Love that!) Murf is already so good and will only get better. The CMAC All Star finished with a.474 batting average with 45 hits, knocked in 30 runs, 12 doubles, hit 5 home runs and was walked 17 times. The Stallions ace went 7-3 with a 1.69 ERA in 62 innings pitched with 86 strikeouts and remember the Division 4 Stallions had to play in the toughest league in the Central Section. The 6’3 star has already verbally committed to play at Fresno State and look for plenty of MLB scouts to start hanging out next year at Madera South.
KAI YOUNG-SENIOR-FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS
One of the best hitters in the Central Section that nobody knows about and let me tell you, this kid has some major pop in his bat with a great arm. Kai is a shortstop/3rd baseman and 4.0 GPA. Remember the name Kai Young!
JACE VARGAS-JUNIOR-CVC CAVALIERS
A star was born for the Cavaliers with Jace on the hill who went 6-0 with a 2.02. The Central Sequoia League All Star will come into the 2022 season as one of the best pitchers in the Central Section.
DYLAN SEE-SENIOR-EXETER MONARCHS
The Central Sequoia pitcher of the year had a tremendous time in his years at Exeter. The hard throwing righthander pitched in all the big Monarchs games and he challenged hitters with his fastball. The Monarchs ironman got stronger has the game would go on and the East-West All Star threw 62 innings with 62 strikeouts and a 3-year ERA of 1.50. Next stop will be pitching at the College of Sequoia.
JULIAN ROCHA-SENIOR-MINARETS MUSTANGS
The Mustangs ace had one heck of a senior year and a big reason why the Mustangs had a tremendous year. The super lefty went 7-3 with a 2.00 ERA and was one of the best small school pitcher of the year. The week 6 PAGMETER/Boston House of Pizza Player of the week was on fire down the stretch.
DREW SMITH-JUNIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
Drew will come into the 2022 season as one the best 3rd baseman in the state. Drew has a great arm, with tremendous range, speed, and power. Plenty of schools offered and Drew has verbally committed to play for the Oregon Ducks and the Ducks are getting a good one.
BRADY ZAVOREK-SENIOR-BULLARD KNIGHTS
Brady has been a star baseball player since he was 6 years old. The senior leader was the captain that the Knights looked up to on and off the field. Mr. Clutch came up with so many big hits including the huge game winning home run beating undefeated No 1 Buchanan Bears at the time. Brady was the Knights ignitor with speed and power and was such a tough out. If Mike Noakes field was the size of most of the CUSD stadiums, Brady would have hit 12 home runs. Brady scored 40 runs with 15 stolen bases and the next stop will be playing at San Diego State.
NOAH CLAUSEN-JUNIOR-SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS
The Tigers ace also was outstanding at 3rd base. At the plate Noah hit .355 with 10 stolen bases and on the hill, an ERA of 1.91 in 47 innings. Watch out for the Tigers in 2022 and leading the way is their right-handed ace.
JETT RUBY-JUNIOR-BUCHANAN BEARS
The Bears ignitor that got on base for the RBI hitters. Jett is the old school hitter that I love watching because he works the count, very tough to strikeout, and will hit gap to gap. Jett is a pitcher’s worst nightmare along with being a tremendous infielder who hit .364 and has already verbally committed to play at Fresno State. Watch for a big senior year for the Bears speedster.
DOMINIC MCLAUGHLIN-SENIOR-HANFORD BULLPUPS
Dominic played everywhere in the infield as well as some time in the outfield as well. He was a key factor in the success the Bullpup’s had offensively. Dominic hit .422 in the WYL and .407 overall with 12 SB’s, 19 RBI’s. He will definitely be missed in the Bullpup’s lineup in the 2022 season and the next stop for the East-West All Star will be playing at the College of Sequoia.
AARON JONES-SOPHOMORE-DOS PALOS BRONCOS
Here is a player that got better and better every game and finished hitting .463. Not a lot of folks got to see AJ play but let me tell you a star is born with this sophomore. The Broncos are very young and will be very good the next couple of year with AJ in the lineup pitching and playing centerfield.
CASEY JASSO-SENIOR-KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS
The leader and captain had one heck of a senior year and helped the Birds win their first Section Championship in school history. Casey led by example on and off the field and on the field, he went 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA and hit .449 at the plate.
CARSEN FUSI-SENIOR-WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS
The senior leader and Panthers MVP had one heck of a career and leaves with a Division 5 Section Champion ring. It wasn’t easy for the Panther seniors with 4 different coaching staffs in 4 years and the world ending last year. Carsen was the team captain that helped the young guys and leaves with over 100 career hits. The City-County All Star shortstop will be playing at the College of Sequoia.
EDDIE FRIAS-SENIOR-LINDSAY CARDINALS
Eddie pitched outstanding and lost some very tough games finishing with a 1.24 ERA in 68 IP. The senior was one of the Central Section leaders in strikeouts with 94.
ANDREW HERRERA-JUNIOR-SANGER APACHES
This super junior opened eyes from the other coaches that Sanger played and had them asking “who is this guy? He’s so good”. Andrew was outstanding with pitching, hitting, playing infield, and was dominating during the first 13 games, but he got hurt in the first week of CMAC play and the Apaches found out just how valuable Andrew was to the team. Sanger wasn’t the same team until Andrew came back. The Apaches got hot again at the right time and their ace pitched outstanding finishing the year 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA, in 42 IP with 61 K’s. At the plate he hit .388 and a slugging % of 597.
JULIAN OROZCO-SOPHOMORE-KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS
A huge reason why the Thunderbirds won their first Section Championship in school history with this super sophomore who hit .487 at the plate and on the hill, went 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA with 68K’s. Julian would be an All Star on any team in the Central Section.
EDWIN SOLIS-SENIOR-SHAFTER GENERALS
Edwin is an old fashion hitter that knows how to hit and gets on base. One of the top hitters in the Central Section had a fantastic batting average of .520 and the Generals ace had a 1.98 ERA in 35 IP with 68 K’s.
JOSH CASTRO-SENIOR-MEMORIAL PANTHERS
The Panthers ace pitched in all the big games and had a tremendous year finishing at 9-2 with a 2.02 ERA in 54 IP. Josh works quickly, throws strikes and the defense behind him loves that. The City-County All Star had an outstanding Panthers career and the next stop will be pitching at Fresno City College.
AVIRAM RAMIREZ-SENIOR-FIREBAUGH EAGLES
Outstanding career for the Eagles who was a tough out and played tremendous at 3rd base. The City-County All Star hit .402, with 37 hits and leaves Firebaugh a career .400 hitter. Next stop will be playing at the University Southwest in New Mexico
DEREK MCNARY-JUNIOR-HANFORD BULLPUPS
Derek finished the season with a record of 6-2, 34 2/3 IP, 35 K’s, 2.83 ERA. In league he was 5-1 and finished with a 1.28 ERA And 1.10 WHIP. Derek will be a key factor on the mound as well as in the box for the Bullpup’s in 2022. On the mound Derek is 83-86 with above average fastball command, good breaking ball as well as feel for a change up.