All-State Baseball: Underclass

Two of the five outfielders on the all-state underclass first team are Brady Shockey from JSerra of San Juan Capistrano (left) and Trevor Larnach from College Park of Pleasant Hill. Shockey was MVP of the Trinity League despite being a sophomore. Larnach has committed to Oregon State and already has been chosen All-East Bay first team. Photos: Nani Strumpf/JSerra baseball & Mark Tennis.

Two of the five outfielders on the all-state underclass first team are Brady Shockey from JSerra of San Juan Capistrano (left) and Trevor Larnach from College Park of Pleasant Hill. Shockey was MVP of the Trinity League despite being a sophomore. Larnach has committed to Oregon State and already has been chosen All-East Bay first team. Photos: Nani Strumpf/JSerra baseball & Mark Tennis.


Fireworks, hot dogs, apple pie and baseball of the all-state variety highlight our Cal-Hi Sports Fourth of July. This post gets our 34th annual all-state teams for baseball going with honors for the state’s top juniors and sophomores.

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There’s an obvious difference for the All-State Underclass Teams as chosen by Cal-Hi Sports in softball and baseball. It’s just so much more difficult for freshmen and sophomores to crack the elite group of juniors.

State Sophomore Player of the Year Mickey Moniak from La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad is not the only sophomore on the first team honors’ squad for All-State Underclass, but the only one joining him is JSerra’s Brady Shockey. The other 28 first teamers are all juniors.

On the second team, five sophomores joined 25 juniors. As for freshmen, State Player of the Year Tommy Palomera of Chatsworth was considered for All-State Underclass but he and the rest of the state’s elite ninth-graders will just have to wait.

State Junior Player of the Year Joe DeMers from College Park of Pleasant Hill was joined on the first team by teammate Trevor Larnach while the Falcons (who were No. 2 overall in the final state rankings) also had outfielder Nick Oar on the second team. No other school in the state has two on the first team and three overall.

There were a few other schools that ended up with one on the first team and one on the second. They are Alemany of Mission Hills, Elk Grove, Great Oak of Temecula and Hart of Newhall.

Chris Betts of Long Beach Wilson will be one of the top catching prospects in the nation for next season. He has Team USA national experience and has a .306 career batting average in three varsity seasons so far. Photo: USA Baseball.

Chris Betts of Long Beach Wilson will be one of the top catching prospects in the nation for next season. He has Team USA national experience and has a .306 career batting average in three varsity seasons so far. Photo: USA Baseball.


Here are the 2014 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Underclass Teams:

First Team Catchers

Chris Betts (Wilson, Long Beach) Jr.
Brendt Citta (Leland, San Jose) Jr.

First Team Pitchers

Kolby Allard (San Clemente) Jr.
Solomon Bates (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Jr.
Kris Bubic (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) Jr.
Kyle Hatton (Norco) Jr.
Justin Hooper (De La Salle, Concord) Jr.
Preston Mott (Clovis) Jr.
Zack Noll (Great Oak, Temecula) Soph.
Gavin Velasquez (South Hills, Covina) Jr.

First Team Infield

Gage Canning (Ramona) Jr.
Ross Dodds (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Hank LoForte (Franklin, Elk Grove) Jr.
Nick Madrigal (Elk Grove) Jr.
Dillon Paulson (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Jr.
Nick Poirier (San Ramon Valley, Danville) Jr.
Ripken Reyes (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Jr.
Ezra Steinberg (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Jr.

Harvard-Westlake junior Ezra Steinberg, who was a key member as a sophomore of 2013 State Team of the Year, has committed to Oregon. Photo: Harvard-Westlake's Facebook page.

Harvard-Westlake junior Ezra Steinberg, who was a key member as a sophomore of 2013 State Team of the Year, has committed to Oregon. Photo: Harvard-Westlake’s Facebook page.


First Team Outfield

Ruben Cardenas (Alemany, Mission Hills) Jr.
Kyle Dean (Poway) Jr.
Trevor Larnach (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Jr.
Mickey Moniak (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) Soph.
Brady Shockey (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) Soph.

First Team Multi-Purpose (Hitting, Pitching)

Andrew Bash (Palm Desert) Jr.
Joe DeMers (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Jr.
Bryce Fehmel (Agoura, Agoura Hills) Jr.
Peter Lambert (San Dimas) Jr.
Kyle Molnar (Aliso Viejo, Aliso Niguel) Jr.
Daniel Vasquez (Granite Hills, El Cajon) Jr.

Second Team Catchers

Conrado Diaz (San Ysidro) Soph.
Lucas Herbert (San Clemente) Jr.
Coleton Horner (Pitman, Turlock) Jr.

Chris Martin was the top pitcher for Elk Grove and was chosen to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team. He will be a top returnee next year for team that will probably be nationally-ranked in the preseason. Photo: John Hull (Elk Grove Corner).

Chris Martin was the top pitcher for Elk Grove and was chosen to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team. He will be a top returnee next year for team that will probably be nationally-ranked in the preseason. Photo: John Hull (Elk Grove Corner).


Second Team Pitchers

Bailey Falter (Chino Hills) Jr.
Brian Gadsby (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) Jr.
Chris Martin (Elk Grove) Jr.
Leo Nierenberg (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Soph.
Brandon Ponticelli (Alemany, Mission Hills) Jr.
Jack Ralston (Hart, Newhall) Jr.
Adrian Rodriguez (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) Jr.
Patrick Sandoval (Mission Viejo) Jr.

Second Team Infield

Domenic Colacchio (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) Jr.
Devin Davis (Valencia) Jr.
Dylan Doherty (Foothill, Tustin) Jr.
Bailey Gaither (Paso Robles) Jr.
Mitchell Hayes (Great Oak, Temecula) Jr.
Nico Hoerner (Head-Royce, Oakland) Jr.
Ryan Kreidler (Davis) Soph.
Morgan Lomax (Serra, Gardena) Jr.
Duncan McKinnon (Redondo, Redondo Beach) Jr.
Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo) Jr.
Andrew Vaughn (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa) Soph.

Second Team Outfield

Willie Aguilar (Fountain Valley) Jr.
Steven Elliott (Alta Loma) Jr.
Dominic Foscalina (Livermore) Soph.
Nick Oar (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Jr.

Second Team Multi-Purpose (Hitting, Pitching)

Jordan Bocko (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) Jr.
Joey Chapman (Yucaipa) Jr.
Daniel Farfan (Soledad) Jr.
Hazahel Quijada (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) Jr.

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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2 Comments

  1. Chris Dress
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Great accomplishment for the Great Oak kids. However, one correction is needed. Zack Noll was a Sophomore this year.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted July 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, it’s fixed.
      Makes it very hard for us when All-CIFSS teams come out with no positions and no indication if a player is a senior, junior, etc.
      Hope somebody fixes that situation moving forward.

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