It’s time to get started with the 36th annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams for baseball, which begins with honors for the best of the best among juniors, sophomores and freshmen. It’s also a mini-preview early look at the top teams for next season as well due to several of them, including No. 1 Buchanan of Clovis, having more than one player chosen to either the first or second team.
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This year’s No. 1 team in the final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings and in most national rankings probably will start that high to start the 2017 season.
That’s because Buchanan of Clovis was loaded with a number of top players who will be returning and four of those players have been selected to this year’s All-State Underclass teams.
Three of Buchanan’s players – catcher Zach Presno, pitcher Hunter Reinke and infielder Quentin Selma – were all named to the 30-player first team with one more – infielder Jamal O’Guinn – chosen to the 30-player second team.
But Buchanan isn’t the only school that landed more than one player to the all-state underclass squads. Rancho Bernardo of San Diego and Eastlake of Chula Vista both have three – with each getting one on the first and two on the second. Huntington Beach has two on the first while others with one on the first and one on the second are Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Tracy, Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, Gahr of Cerritos and South Hills of West Covina.
For this year’s teams, there also were six sophomores and no freshmen who have been named first team to go with 24 juniors. On the second team, six from the Class of 2018 and no ninth graders made it with 24 juniors. It’s generally much harder for freshmen in baseball to be selected than it is in softball. State Freshman of the Year Jasiah Dixon of Orange Lutheran would have been third team if we went that deep.
FIRST TEAM CATCHERS
Adam Kerner (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Jr.
Zach Presno (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Cody Bolton (Tracy) Jr.
Hagan Danner (Huntington Beach) Jr.
Trenton Denholm (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) Jr.
Jeremiah Estrada (Palm Desert) Jr.
Grant Holman (Eastlake, Chula Vista) Soph.
Kyle Hurt (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Jr.
Hunter Reinke (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Patrick Wicklander (Valley Christian, San Jose) Soph.
FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Nick Allen (Francis Parker, San Diego) Jr.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Soph.
Jayson Gonzalez (Bishop Amat, La Puente) Jr.
Tyler Hardman (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) Jr.
Kevin Kendall (La Mirada) Jr.
Royce Lewis (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) Jr.
Michael Perez (Gahr, Cerritos) Soph.
Quentin Selma (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Spencer Torkelson (Casa Grande, Petaluma) Jr.
Brice Turang (Santiago, Corona) Jr.
FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Brenden Boissiere (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside) Soph.
Calvin Mitchell (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Jr.
Matt Rudick (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) Jr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Brandon Dieter (South Hills, West Covina) Soph.
Hunter Greene (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Jr.
Matt Mascio (Castro Valley) Jr.
Nick Pratto (Huntington Beach) Jr.
Holden Powell (Mt. Whitney, Visalia) Jr.
Danny Zimmerman (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach) Jr.
Brett Walker (Clovis North, Fresno) Jr.
SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Thomas McCarthy (Serra, San Mateo) Jr.
Daniel Zakosek (Chatsworth) Jr.
SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Jesse Bergin (Harvard-Westlake, N. Hollywood) Soph.
John Cross (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) Jr.
Noah Fluman (El Toro, Lake Forest) Jr.
Josh Haley (Gahr, Cerritos) Jr.
Tim Josten (West Ranch, Valencia) Jr.
Joey Magrini (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Soph.
Darren Nelson (Granite Bay) Jr.
Carson Rudd (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Jr.
Sam Villa (Cleveland, Reseda) Jr.
SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Darren Baker (Jesuit, Carmichael) Jr.
Lee Brewer (Tracy) Jr.
John Dearth (South Hills, West Covina) Jr.
Tommy Delgado (Bonita, La Verne) Soph.
Jack Filby (McClatchy, Sacramento) Soph.
Tyler Freeman (Etiwanda) Jr.
Mason Grotto (Clovis) Jr.
Matt McLain (Beckman, Irvine) Soph.
Garrett Mitchell (Lutheran, Orange) Jr.
Jamal O’Guinn (Buchanan, Clovis) Jr.
Ben Ramirez (Eastlake, Chula Vista) Jr.
David Rivera (Lakewood) Jr.
SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Ryan Cole (De La Salle, Concord) Jr.
Ben Fariss (Valencia) Jr.
Tora Otsuka (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Jr.
SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Santiago Cantu (Patterson) Jr.
Haydn King (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) Jr.
Sean Mullen (Stockdale, Bakersfield) Soph.
Casey Schmitt (Eastlake, Chula Vista) Jr.
STATE JUNIOR OF THE YEAR:
Royce Lewis (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano)
STATE SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR:
Brandon Dieter (South Hills, West Covina)
STATE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Jasiah Dixon (Lutheran, Orange)
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