All-State Baseball: Underclass

For leadoff hitters, there was perhaps no player in the state as exciting to watch during the 2013 season as junior Denz'l Chapman from Serra of Gardena. Photo: Mark Tennis.

For leadoff hitters, there was perhaps no player in the state as exciting to watch during the 2013 season as junior Denz’l Chapman from Serra of Gardena. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Four schools lead the way with three players on first and second teams and two of those schools are in the same league. Full release of the 33rd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Team should be completed by Sunday.

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Games next spring in the Tri-Rivers Athletic Conference of the CIF Central Section should be even more talent-laden than usual.

While defending section champ Clovis North of Fresno should be strong again, the Broncos may have a tough task when they play TRAC rivals Buchanan and Clovis.

Both Buchanan and Clovis have landed three players each on either first team or second team for this year’s all-state underclass teams. The only other schools in the state to have three players on either of those teams are Fountain Valley and Temecula Valley of Temecula.

Schools that had two players chosen were Loyola of Los Angeles, De La Salle of Concord, Valley Christian of San Jose, Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, Fountain Valley, Serra of Gardena and College Park of Pleasant Hill.

Here are the 2013 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Underclass Teams:

First Team Catchers

Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Jr.
Bryce Macy (Paloma Valley, Menifee) Jr.

First Team Pitchers

Quinn Brodey (Loyola, Los Angeles) Jr.
Joe DeMers (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Soph.
Alonzo Garcia (San Fernando) Jr.
John Gavin (St. Francis, Mountain View) Jr.
Matt Ladrech (Campolindo, Moraga) Jr.
Chris Mathewson (Kaiser, Fontana) Jr.
Jack Wheeless (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.

Ezra Steinberg, just a sophomore, was arguably the third-best player for the season at Harvard-Westlake, which ended as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Ezra Steinberg, just a sophomore, was arguably the third-best player for the season at Harvard-Westlake, which ended as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. Photo: Mark Tennis.


First Team Infield

Eddie Alvarez (Otay Ranch, Chula Vista) Sr.
Jacob Gatewood (Clovis) Jr.
Shane Mardirosian (M.L. King, Riverside) Jr.
Kyle Plantier (Temecula Valley, Temecula) Jr.
Jagger Rusconi (West Ranch, Valencia) Soph.
Harrison Smith (Frontier, Bakersfield) Jr.
Ezra Steinberg (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Soph.
Albie Weiss (Agoura, Agoura Hills) Jr.

First Team Outfield

Denz’l Chapman (Serra, Gardena) Jr.
Brad Degnan (Woodside) Jr.
Derek Hill (Elk Grove) Jr.
Trenton Kemp (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Brock Lundquist (Fountain Valley) Jr.
Kyle Molnar (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) Soph.

First Team Multi-Purpose (Hitting/Pitching)

Joe Cochran (Knight, Palmdale) Jr.
Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Jr.
Theron Kay (Valley Christian, San Jose) Jr.
Jack Labosky (Clovis North, Fresno) Jr.
Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo) Soph.
McCarthy Tatum (Clovis) Jr.
Matt Trask (Davis) Jr.

Second Team Catchers

Alan Crowley (Clovis) Jr.
Andrew Piraino (Sonora, La Habra) Jr.
Hunter Stratton (Grossmont, La Mesa) Jr.

Second Team Pitchers

Brady Aiken (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) Jr.
Solomon Bates (Serra, Gardena) Soph.
Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale) Jr.
Nathan Hadley (Loyola, Los Angeles) Jr.
Trevor Hall (Cypress) Jr.
Brandon Koch (Temecula Valley, Temecula) Jr.
Burke Mitchell (Temecula Valley, Temecula) Jr.

Second Team Infield

Korby Batesole (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Justin Brand (Fountain Valley) Jr.
Bryson Brigman (Valley Christian, San Jose) Jr.
Gage Canning (Ramona) Soph.
Kyle Hatton (Norco) Soph.
Zach Kirtley (Redlands East Valley, Redlands) Jr.
Trevor Larnach (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Soph.
Hank LoForte (Franklin, Elk Grove) Soph.
Daniel Patzlaff (Fountain Valley) Jr.
Jed Sprague (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Jr.
Chris Williams (De La Salle, Concord) Jr.
Ryan Williams (Branham, San Jose) Jr.

Second Team Outfield

Chad Bible (Valencia) Jr.
Tyler Herburger (St. Augustine, San Diego) Jr.
Ben Polshuk (De La Salle, Concord) Jr.
Alfonso Rivas (La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla) Soph.

Second Team Multi-Purpose (Hitting/Pitching)

Jordan Garcia (Tulare Western, Tulare) Jr.
Casey Henderson (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Jr.
Michael Majeski (Vista del Lago, Folsom) Jr.
Sean Watkins (Serra, San Mateo) Jr.

Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year & State Junior of the Year:
Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake)

State Sophomore of the Year:
Joe DeMers (College Park, Pleasant Hill)

State Freshman of the Year:
Conrado Diaz (San Ysidro)

Contributing: Paul Muyskens

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


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