SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Our NorCal Softball Player of the Week, Nicole Bates of Ceres, capped a sensational career by helping team win CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 title. Photo: James Burns/The Modesto Bee.

Our NorCal Softball Player of the Week, Nicole Bates of Ceres, capped a sensational career by helping team win CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 title. Photo: James Burns/The Modesto Bee.

This will be the final set of these honors for the 2015-16 school year and three of them led their teams to section championships last weekend – from Eagle Rock, San Jose and Ceres. The other choice from Torrance still has games to play.

Note: For purposes of this feature, we also consider the CIF Central Section to be in the north.

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Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Jacob Alvarez
(Eagle Rock) Sr.

For the first time in school history, which dates to 1927, the Eagles captured a CIF L.A. City Section baseball championship and at the same time he may be the first player in school history to capture this honor from us at Cal-Hi Sports.

Helping the Eagles reach the championship game, Alvarez allowed just one hit to get the win in a 3-1 victory over Chavez of San Fernando and in the 10-6 win over Franklin of Los Angeles in the Division II championship game he had two hits and drove in three runs.

Jacob’s twin brother, Andrew, also had a good final game of the season as he pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts while also having two hits.

Look for details soon on exciting, new way for every stat star, player of the week and all-state player to be able to order their own highlight video.

Look for details soon on exciting, new way for every stat star, player of the week and all-state player to be able to order their own highlight video.

Cal-HI Sports Southern California
Softball Player of the Week

Alyssa Loza
(North, Torrance) Sr.

The Saxons advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinals with a 4-0 win over San Marcos of Santa Barbara behind Loza, their Arizona State-bound ace.

Turning the defense behind her into more like spectators, Loza pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts. Earlier in the week during a 1-0 win over Heritage Christian of Northridge, she took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter while striking out nine.

Earlier this season, Loza pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 win against Redondo Union of Redondo Beach while also hitting a home run for the game’s lone run against Kat Ung, who was also up for this honor this week.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Jake Dermer
(Leland, San Jose) Sr.

With the CIF Central Coast Section Division I championship on the line, Dermer did it all as he pitched and hit to lead the Chargers past Leigh of San Jose 8-2.

Pitching a complete game, he allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out two and not allowing an earned run to finish the season 9-2 with a 0.90 ERA.

Dermer also broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run triple, which helped him finish with three hits during the game.

Leland scored three runs in the top of the first and never trailed on its way to the team’s second title in the last three years.
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Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Softball Player of the Week

Nicole Bates
(Ceres) Sr.

While she’ll make the Cal-Hi Sports state record book in several career categories, such as hits (205), runs (171), doubles (31) and triples (22), what Bates did last week, which was lead the Bulldogs to their first CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title in 21 years, was more important.

During the postseason alone, Bates went 15-for-24 with three homers, four doubles and one triple. In the team’s 5-3 win over Oakdale (a team the Bulldogs lost to twice earlier in the season), Bates hit two homers and had four RBI. She then went 3-for-4 in a win against Benicia, 3-for-4 in a loss against Benicia and then in the title decider against Benicia she went 3-for-4 once again.

Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor for Cal-Hi Sports. Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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