All-State Baseball: Medium, Small

Two first team all-state picks are Trevor Simonian (left) of Malibu (small schools) and Tim Tague (right) of Orinda Miramonte (medium). Simonian will play next at the University of Pennsylvania (yes, he’s an Ivy Leaguer). Tague went 11-0 for Miramonte and also was known in his prep career as an outstanding quarterback. Photos: @mjventuraca/Twitter.com & Gint Federas/LamorindaWeekly.com.


As mentioned with the All-State Underclass teams, we’re going to go back-and-forth between softball and baseball to complete those postseason honors this summer. That means it’s now time to announce those players in baseball from schools that were in CIF section playoffs during the 2017 season that made them medium or small school in class. Seven years ago, Linden’s Aaron Judge was selected to the small schools first team. Who’s on it now? This is the 36th straight year in which Cal-Hi Sports has produced all-state baseball teams.

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Lalo Barraza delivers pitch for Wasco and also delivered a section title with game-winning hit in final game. Photo: wuhs.wascouhsd.org.


Mythical state champions San Marcos (Division 2), Christian Brothers of Sacramento (D3), Wasco (D4) and Winters (D5) all placed two players each on the first team of this year’s Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium & Small Schools All-State Baseball Teams.

Not all Division 2 state-ranked teams are considered medium schools, but San Marcos was not in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division or Division I playoffs. The Knights did win it all in the section D2 playoffs and are represented on the All-State Medium Schools first team by infielders Jacob Blas and Zack Prajzner.

Christian Brothers won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 title and ended 29-2 overall. The Falcons, who also are in the medium schools category, landed both catcher Diego Black and pitcher Tanner Cunha on All-State Medium Schools first team.

In the small schools category, Wasco and Winters were joined as having two first-team all-staters by Capital Christian of Sacramento (which was No. 2 in the final D4 state rankings behind Wasco). Wasco’s duo is pitcher-hitter Lalo Barraza and catcher Esteban Rios. Winters checks in with infielder Greg Creamer (who was second team all-state last season) and pitcher Anthony Carrion. Capital Christian, which isn’t going to be considered in the small schools ranks next season when it moves up in class in its section, has pitcher Tyler Pons and super sophomore outfielder/pitcher Xavier Carter.

Note: Other than a few exceptions, schools that were eligible to be in the Cal-Hi Sports Division IV or Division V state rankings are considered small and those that were in Division III are medium. In the CIFSS playoffs, D1 and D2 are large, D3 is medium and D4 & D5 are mixed with some in medium and some in small, D6 and D7 are small. There also are mixed teams from the CIF Central Coast Section in its D1 (some medium, some large) and for CIF Sac-Joaquin D4 (some small, some medium). There is no all-state large schools team, but there is a third team added to the overall teams in which only players from large schools are eligible.

Here are the 2017 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Teams for medium schools and small schools:

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS
Diego Black (Christian Brothers, Sacramento) Sr.
Alber Hsaio (Leland, San Jose) Jr.
Bryan Rosario (Arroyo, San Lorenzo) Jr.

San Marcos standout Jacob Blas will play next at the University of Arizona. Photo: smusd.org.


MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Tanner Cunha (Christian Brothers. Sacramento) Sr.
Branden Dixon (Tahquitz, Hemet) Sr.
Brandon Godoy (Walnut) Jr.
Jonathan Guardado (Nogales, La Puente) Sr.
Skyler Johnson (Katella, Anaheim) Sr.
Mike Mercado (Westview, San Diego) Sr.
Alex Reelfs (Los Altos) Jr.
Matt Sauer (Righetti, Santa Maria) Sr.
Sam Stoutenborough (Palma, Salinas) Jr.
TIm Tague (Miramonte, Orinda) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Nick Allen (Francis Parker, San Diego) Sr.
Jacob Blas (San Marcos) Sr.
Jace Chamberlin (Redwood, Visalia) Sr.
Tyler Hardman (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) Sr.
John Jackson (Serra, Gardena) Jr.
Charles Middleton (Lincoln) Sr.
Tanner Murray (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton) Sr.
Zack Prajzner (San Marcos) Jr.
Spencer Torkelson (Casa Grande, Petaluma) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Ty Babauta (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose) Sr.
Joel Olmos (Manteca) Sr.
Jake Palmer (El Segundo) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Hitting/Pitching)
Jack Newman (Analy, Sebastopol) Sr.
Holden Powell (Mt. Whitney, Visalia) Sr.
Cade Sakamoto (Highland, Bakersfield) Jr.
Hunter Schilperoort (Westmont, Campbell) Sr.
Brett Super (Sage Hill, Newport Beach) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Dan Carnazzo (Palma, Salinas) Sr.
Chase Morales (Highland, Bakersfield) Sr.

Despite being a freshman, Manteca’s Ryan Ward finished 11-1 on the mound and put up some big numbers. He also had an SJS playoff win over Christian Brothers of Sacramento, which forced a deciding game for the D3 title that Christian Brothers came back to win. Photo: Clifford Oto/RecordNet.com.


MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Alex Bradshaw (Lowell, San Francisco) Sr.
Joey Estes (Paraclete, Lancaster) Soph.
Jake Hernandez (Porterville) Sr.
Ryan McLaughlin (Drake, San Anselmo) Sr.
Nate Mendoza (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Sr.
Noah Nunez (Santana, Santee) Sr.
VIncent Pratti (Redwood, Visalia) Sr.
Josh Torres (Don Lugo, Chino) Jr.
Ryan Ward (Manteca) Fr.
Blake Zeleny (Brawley) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Christian Epley (Quartz Hill) Sr.
Kyle Johnson (Leigh, San Jose) Sr.
Alex LeForestier (Christian Brothers, Sacramento) Sr.
Steven Ordorica (Nogales, La Puente) Sr.
Ethan Patrick (La Salle, Pasadena) Jr.
Jeremey Rivera (Locke, Los Angeles) Sr.
Dalton Smith (Chico) Sr.
Seth Stone (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Sr.
Chase Wehsener (Christian, El Cajon) Sr.
Ricky Yoquigua (Chula Vista) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Cullen Bearden (Oakdale) Sr.
Shane Betts (Placer, Auburn) Sr.
Caleb Farmer (Tahquitz, Hemet) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Pitching/Hitting)
Nick Frasso (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates) Sr.
Jacob Galbreath (Enterprise, Redding) Sr.
Sam Liang (Miramonte, Orinda) Jr.
Nick Roth (Drake, San Anselmo) Sr.
Ryan Wilcox (Los Gatos) Sr.

Last year, Brett Super of Sage Hill (Newport Beach) was the State Small Schools Player of the Year. This season, since Sage Hill was moved up to a much higher division in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, he had to go medium schools. He wasn’t Medium Schools POY but does make first team all-state in that category. Photo: Dave Siegmund/SoCalSidelines.com.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS

Gunner Hellstrom (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) Sr.
Esteban Rios (Wasco) Sr.
Trevor Simonian (Malibu) Sr.
Jared Thomas (Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Montebello) Soph.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Logan Barrick (Kelseyville) Sr.
Anthony Carrion (Winters) Jr.
Tyler Pon (Capital Christian, Sacramento) Sr.
Lucas Sweany (Vacaville Christian) Sr.
Trevor Vanderveen (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) Sr.
Nick Warren (Escalon) Jr.
Alex Williams (Redwood Christian, San Lorenzo) Jr.
Matthew Wood (Faith Baptist, Canoga Park) Soph.

Kern Valley’s Zach Bushling has been one of the most versatile small school athletes from the CIF Central Section in many years. He makes all-state small schools again in baseball. He also was a QB/RB/DB/PK in football and point guard in hoops. Photo: starrcards.com.


SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Andre Antone (Capistrano Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
Zach Bushling (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella) Sr.
Greg Creamer (Winters) Sr.
Roberty Lyles (Apple Valley Christian, Hesperia) Sr.
Marco Martinez (Maranatha, Sierra Madre) Sr.
Jack Williams (Bakersfield Christian) Sr.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Michael Boomgarden (Sutter) Sr.
Robert Cruz (Arrowhead Christian, Redlands) Sr.
Trevor Jones (Rancho Christian, Temecula) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOL FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Pitching/Hitting)

Lalo Barraza (Wasco) Sr.
Xavier Carter (Capital Christian, Sacramento) Soph.
Ethan Cloyd (Dunn, Los Olivos) Soph.
Noey Garcia (Firebaugh) Sr.
Bubba Gomez (Fremont Christian) Soph.
Hunter Hennigh (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda) Sr.
Paul Navarro (Santa Maria) Sr.
Griff McGarry (Menlo School, Atherton) Sr.
Will Springer (Sierra Pacific, Hanford) Soph.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Gianni Bloom (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) Sr.
Carson Bridges (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda) Sr.
Nathan Graf (Millennium, Tracy) Soph.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Matt Butler (Dixon) Sr.
Johnny Carlberg (San Jacinto Academy, San Jacinto) Jr.
Adrian Lopez (Soledad) Sr.
Byron Smith (Maranatha, San Diego) Sr.
Hogan Weaver (San Juan, Fair Oaks) Soph.

Alekzander De La Cruz of San Diego High Tech hit nine home runs during the season to rank among the section leaders. Photo: RisingProspects/YouTube.com.


SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Marc Audet (Saddleback Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
Corey Cater (Valley Christian, Roseville) Sr.
Carson Chavez (Lassen, Susanville) Sr.
Ryan Gervais (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) Sr.
Ryan Hagge (Hillcrest Christian, Thousand Oaks) Sr.
Ryan Jenkins (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) Sr.
Andrue Lackey (Immanuel, Reedley) Sr.
Kevin Lo (University, San Francisco) Jr.
Carson Matthews (Capistrano Valley Christian, SJ Cap) Jr.
Luke Nobiensky (Rancho Christian, Temecula) Sr.
Cameron Phelps (American Christian, Anderson) Sr.
Christian Stapleton (Carmel) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Tyler Chesney (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo) Sr.
Alekzander De La Cruz (High Tech San Diego) Sr.
Dominick Goldschmidt (St. Anthony, Long Beach) Sr.
Ben Weber (Carmel) Sr.
Jase Weckman (Marysville) Sr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Hitting/Pitching)

Brandon Anderson (Linden) Sr.
Garrison Finck (St. Bernard, Eureka) Sr.
Brett Garcia (Valley Christian, Cerritos) Jr.
Matt Queen (Poly, Pasadena) Sr.
Sam Springer (Sierra Pacific, Hanford) Jr.

State Medium Schools
Player of the Year:
Matthew Sauer (Righetti, Santa Maria)

State Small Schools
Player of the Year:
Robert Cruz
(Arrowhead Christian, Redlands)

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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8 Comments

  1. Dave Ward
    Posted July 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Mark,

    Thanks for the article. Under Second Team pitcher Medium Schools in the photo of Ryan Ward you have him listed as Mark Ward. Just FYI

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted July 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      That was fixed as well.

  2. Joseph Olmos
    Posted July 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Hello Mark,

    Manteca 1st team outfielder Joel Olmos’ name is misspelled. He is listed as Joel Osmos.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted July 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Sorry. Fixed.

  3. Joey Parks
    Posted July 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Leaving Wyatt Gilbert(Tulare Western) off this team is inexcusable.

  4. Ron Savage
    Posted July 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Dixon from Tahquitz should have his first name spelled Brendan and Farmer from Tahquitz is an INF (SS) not an OF.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted July 15, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Dixon mistake fixed. Doing the other one only leaves two outfielders, however, and we’d then have to make additional changes since there has to be three listed. We’ll have to live with that one. You’d be amazed how many nominations we get that don’t list a position and then on MaxPreps rosters it’s often OF/INF or similar. Even some newspaper all-area teams these days don’t list positions. That’s why it’s easy to get them mixed up.

  5. jim Hushaw
    Posted July 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Yea for Brandon!. This was a very big honor to have been named in the All- State Baseball. We are proud of you, Brandon. They made a very good choice.

    Jim and Glenda Hushaw

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