All-State Baseball: Medium, Small

Two members of the all-state medium schools squad are Luis Ortiz (left) of Sanger, shown pitching in the 2013 Area Code Games, and outfielder Marcus Wilson from Serra of Gardena. Ortiz was the 30th pick in the first round of the recent MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers and has signed with the Rangers with a reported $1.75 million bonus. Wilson was the 69th choice in the draft in the compensation round between the second and third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. We snapped his photo last season after he homered at Dodger Stadium. Photos: Scott Kurtz (Student Sports) & Mark Tennis.

Two members of the all-state medium schools squad are Luis Ortiz (left) of Sanger, shown pitching in the 2013 Area Code Games, and outfielder Marcus Wilson from Serra of Gardena. Ortiz was the 30th pick in the first round of the recent MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers and has signed with the Rangers with a reported $1.75 million bonus. Wilson was the 69th choice in the draft in the compensation round between the second and third rounds by the Arizona Diamondbacks. We snapped his photo last season after he homered at Dodger Stadium. Photos: Scott Kurtz (Student Sports) & Mark Tennis.

Here’s the next installment of the 2014 all-state teams for baseball and it’s a salute to the best of the best for medium schools and small schools. Among schools scoring multiple honorees are Manteca, Torrance, Kaiser of Fontana, Kerman, Minarets of O’Neals and Oak Hills.

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When teams rack up records of 25-3 and 29-1 and are ranked No. 1 in the state in their divisions, big honors should be expected.

Still, when a team gets two of its pitchers on any all-state team (like Manteca has done this year for all-state medium schools) and when a team gets three players on any all-state first team (like Santa Ynez has done for small schools), that’s an accomplishment that’s been hard to do.

Manteca’s two pitchers on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools team are Lucas Vaughn and Jake Corn. Of the two, Corn is the more highly-regarded as a prospect and has signed with the University of Oregon. But Vaughn had the more remarkable season so there was no choice but to select both of them.

Vaughn, the Stockton Record’s Player of the Year, capped an unbeaten 12-0 season on the mound when Manteca (25-3) came from behind to beat Vista del Lago of Folsom 7-6 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV final. Corn finished 7-2 with a 1.13 ERA and struck out 103 batters.

Santa Ynez won the CIF Southern Section Division V final to conclude its 29-1 season. Leading the way was CIFSS Division V Player of the Year Zach Snyder, who batted .443 with 25 RBI and went 10-0 on the mound with a 1.45 ERA. Sophomore pitcher Zach Torra had a 11-0 record but an even more impressive 0.58 ERA. The other member of the Pirates’ threesome to gain first team Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools honors is outfielder Colby Barrick, a field general who also hit .438 and led the team in runs, doubles and triples.

Snyder, also already named the Central Coast Player of the Year by the Santa Maria Times, unfortunately tore his ACL in that CIFSS final and may not play again until the 2016 season at Santa Barbara City College.

Here are the 2014 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Teams for Medium Schools and Small Schools (Note: Players from teams that were considered Division IV or Division V for our state rankings are considered small schools. For medium schools, it would be players from teams eligible for the Division III state rankings plus some from Division II):

Matt Toscano from Willow Glen of San Jose batted .443 as a senior and finished .405 for his career. He will play next at St. Mary's College in Moraga. Photo: Willow Glen H.S.

Matt Toscano from Willow Glen of San Jose batted .443 as a senior and finished .405 for his career. He will play next at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Photo: Willow Glen H.S.


Medium Schools First Team Catchers

Riley Adams (Canyon Crest, San Diego) Sr.
Kaleo Johnson (Encinal, Alameda) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Pitchers

Marcos Briones (Alhambra) Sr.
Jake Corn (Manteca) Sr.
Matt Mogollon (South, Torrance) Sr.
Luis Ortiz (Sanger) Sr.
Joe Ryan (Drake, San Anselmo) Sr.
Andrew Schantz (Vista del Lago, Folsom) Sr.
Kyle Smith (Torrance) Sr.
Jonathan Teaney (Quartz Hill) Sr.
Lucas Vaughn (Manteca) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Infield

Tommy Anderson (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Sr.
David Campbell (Colfax) Sr.
Jaime Estrada (Gahr, Cerritos) Sr.
David Lamas (Dorsey, Los Angeles) Sr.
Ryan Mota (Kaiser, Fontana) Sr.
Manny Olloque (Torrance) Sr.
Jordan Peabody (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton) Sr.
Matt Tarantino (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Outfield

Scott Hurst (Bishop Amat, La Puente) Sr.
Sharkie Hurst (Centennial, Compton) Sr.
Matt Toscano (Willow Glen, San Jose) Sr.
Marcus Wilson (Serra, Gardena) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Multi-Purpose (Pitch, Hit)

Andrew Bash (Palm Desert) Jr.
Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale) Sr.
Jesse Gonzalez (Carter, Fontana) Sr.
Pater Lambert (San Dimas) Jr.
Chris Mathewson (Kaiser, Fontana) Sr.
Alan Trejo (Warren, Downey) Sr.
Grant Wilhelm (Laguna Beach) Sr.

Medium Schools Second Team
(20 players; alphabetical)

Anthony Avila (Tulare Western, Tulare) Sr. INF
Solomon Bates (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Jr. P
Brad Degnan (Woodside) Sr. OF
T.J. Dove (River Valley, Yuba City) Sr. OF
Bailey Gaither (Paso Robles) Jr. INF
Alex Garcia (Bishop Amat, La Puente) Sr. P
Eric Gutierrez (Sierra Vista, Baldwin Park) Sr. P/INF
Cassius Hamm (Redondo, Redondo Beach) Sr. P/OF
Jacob Jones (Vista del Lago, Folsom) Sr. OF
Morgan Lomax (Serra, Gardena) Jr. INF
Alan Marquez (Ceres) Sr. MP
Brad Moreno (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley) Sr. MP/OF
Channing Nesbitt (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Sr. INF
Richie Nunis (Laguna Beach) Sr. OF
Drake Pingel (South, Torrance) Jr. P
Jake Pruitt (Sierra, Manteca) Sr. C
William Reeder (Manteca) Sr. C
Alan Strong (Santana, Santee) Sr. P
Esteban Velasco (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) Sr. INF
Alex Zarate (Branham, San Jose) Sr. 1B/P

Amidst the celebration of Pacific Grove's unbeaten season in 2013 was junior Chris Clements. The UC Santa Barbara-bound standout had another strong season as a senior. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Amidst the celebration of Pacific Grove’s unbeaten season in 2013 was junior Chris Clements. The UC Santa Barbara-bound standout had another strong season as a senior.


Small Schools First Team Catchers

Kevin Stein (Carpinteria) Sr.
Blake Vierra (Maxwell) Sr.

Small Schools First Team Pitchers

Dallas Burk (Big Bear, Big Bear Lake) Sr.
Sam Gershow (Christian, El Cajon) Sr.
Layne Henderson (Lutheran, La Verne) Sr.
Ryan Potter (Kerman) Sr.
Brett Prater (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside) Sr.
Tyler Schrimpf (Capital Christian, Sacramento) Sr.
Austin Toerner (Golden Valley, Bakersfield) Jr.
Zach Torra (Santa Ynez) Soph.

Small Schools First Team Infield

Caeden Barnes (Upland Christian) Sr.
Conly Biglione (Minarets, O’Neals) Sr.
Parker Coss (Capistrano Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
Mikey Diekroeger (Menlo School, Atherton) Sr.
Justin Giovannoni (Linden) Sr.
Nico Hoerner (Head-Royce, Oakland) Jr.
Dillon Paulson (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Jr.
Randy Post (Sutter) Jr.
Mason Washington (Modesto Christian) Sr.

Small Schools First Team Outfield

Colby Barrick (Santa Ynez) Sr.
Austin Jones (Ontario Christian) Sr.
Andrew Shippelhoute (Hamilton, Hamilton City) Sr.
Jamie Smart (Athenian, Oakland) Sr.
Bryant Stone (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento) Sr.

Small Schools First Team Multi-Purpose (Pitch, Hit)

Brett Bonfigli (Justin-Siena, Napa) Sr.
Chris Clements (Pacific Grove) Sr.
Efrain Del Rio (Dos Palos) Jr.
Daniel Farfan (Soledad) Jr.
David Orndorff (Poly, Pasadena) Sr.
Zach Snyder (Santa Ynez) Sr.

Small Schools Second Team
(20 players; alphabetical)

Arturo Aguilar (Selma) Sr. P/INF
Thomas Boitano (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr. INF
Brad Bonnenfant (Sutter) Sr. P
Travis Booth (Ontario Christian) Sr. INF
Chris Davidson (Village Christian, Sun Valley) Jr. INF/P
Ryan Davis (Tahquitz, Hemet) Jr. INF
Eric Fukuda (Capistrano Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano) Sr. INF
Jesus Garcia (Tahquitz, Hemet) Jr. P
Brandon Grogan (Escalon) Jr. OF
Micah Gunter (Valley Christian, Roseville) Sr. INF
Jesse Hanckel (Village Christian, Sun Valley) Jr. INF
Grant Heisinger (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento) Sr. INF/P
Grant Magnuson (Coast Union, Cambria) Sr. P/INF
Drew Miller (Stevenson, Pebble Beach) Sr. C
Jason Nemerovski (Bay, San Francisco) Sr. INF/P
Arturo Rojas (Nuview Bridge, Nuevo) Sr. C
Sam Reyes (Minarets, O’Neals) Sr. P
Logan Thrap (St. Bernard, Eureka) Jr. P
Gabe Veitch (Big Bear, Big Bear Lake) Sr. C
Aaron Walker (Kerman) Jr. INF

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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