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.
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.
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.
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.