All-State Baseball: Medium & Small

All-State Medium Schools first team pitcher Robbie Lardner of Templeton (left) struck out 123 batters in 73 2/3 innings to establish himself for this year’s MLB Draft. At right is All-State Small Schools outfielder Mark Spohn of CIF NorCal D5 winner Monte Vista Christian. He also was the valedictorian of his senior class. Photos: pasoroblesdailynews & santacruzsentinel.com.


The next step in the unveiling of the 40th edition of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Teams are these players selected from schools that were in CIF section or regional playoffs during the 2022 spring season that made them medium or small school in class. We already did the underclass teams and still have the overall first and second teams plus third team (seniors only & large schools only) to get finished.

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It does tend to be more difficult for a school to have more than one player on the annual all-state medium schools baseball teams than it is for small schools. That is true once again for this year’s teams as there are five schools that placed two players each on the small schools first team compared to none for medium schools.

Small Schools State Player of the Year Nick Dugan (Stanford) from St. Bernard’s of Eureka, a small school that won the CIF D3 NorCal title, has been joined on first team by teammate Cayden Lee. Another teammate, Aiden Dorsch, grabbed a second team all-state spot.

The team that St. Bernard’s topped in its NorCal final, now-closed Alpha Charter of Elverta (near Sacramento), also has two first teamers on small schools — Jaxon Byrd (Sacramento State) and Deven Carter.

Gavin Farinha of Turlock Christian set a new state record for no-hitters in a season with six. Photo: Twitter.com.


The other three schools with two each on small schools first team are Kerman, Colusa and Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento. Both Kerman and Colusa were unbeaten for the regular season while Colusa got all the way to 31-0 before losing to Bradshaw in the NorCal D4 final. Kerman’s twosome are Devon Daniel (senior) and Adam Delgado (sophomore). Colusa has pitcher Ethan Lay (senior) and Luke Kalfsbeek (sophomore). Bradshaw’s Malachi Fuller and Micah Nicholson, another senior-sophomore combo, were the other duo on first team small schools.

The medium schools teams can be tougher to make not just for the pure numbers of schools involved but also there’s an effort to drop some schools down from large to give more deserving players a shot at an all-state slot. Big school powerhouse teams at the top like De La Salle, Orange Lutheran, JSerra and Harvard-Westlake do tend to hog up a lot of spots for large schools.

Still, there were three schools this year that had one player on first team medium schools with another on second team. They are Del Campo of Fair Oaks, Madison of San Diego and Live Oak of Morgan Hill.

Another aspect of doing all of the all-state teams is that in some cases it provides a chance to check out state records that may have been broken. That is the case this year for first team all-state small schools pitcher Gavin Farinha of Turlock Christian. When he was nominated, his final total of six no-hitters for the season was reported. They all check out as no-hitters — three in five-inning games and three others in seven-inning games — and it makes sense because we already reported Gavin’s four straight no-hitters from earlier in the season.

With six no-hitters, Farinha breaks the state record of five that was first set in 1957 by Tony Ankerson from Mater Dei of Santa Ana and then tied in the same season in 2011 by Maxwell teammates Steven Perry and Tyler Wells.

With the all-state underclass teams already released, some players on medium and small already were placed higher than others among those who were not seniors last season. Another aspect of these teams to consider is that it is not player rankings (which is common in recruiting). There has to be a minimum number of players at each position (examples at least two catchers and at least three outfielders).

Final Note: Other than a few exceptions, schools that were eligible to be in the Cal-Hi Sports Division IV or Division V state rankings are considered small. Most baseball teams that were D2 were considered large except for a few. Those that were in Division III and a few that were in D4 are medium. In our system, some schools with large enrollments in lower playoff divisions are just too big to be small schools. There is no all-state large schools team, but there is a third team added to the overall teams in which only players from large schools are eligible.

Here are the 2022 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Teams for medium schools and small schools:

FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS CATCHERS

Cooper Lanz of Buhach Colony had a no-hitter in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 semifinal series vs Del Campo. He will play next at UOP. Photo: Mark Tennis / Cal-Hi Sports.


Jake Bold (La Jolla Country Day) Sr.
Nigel Buckley (Serra, Gardena) Jr.
Ryan Tayman (Arroyo Grande) Jr.

FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS PITCHERS

Jack Anker (Tulare Western, Tulare) Sr.
Nick Forrest (Burroughs, Burbank) Jr.
Chase Hoover (San Marcos, Santa Barbara) Sr.
Riley Kelly (Tustin) Sr.
Robbie Lardner (Templeton) Sr.
Vaughn Major (Christian, El Cajon) Jr.
Jose Ruedas (Chatsworth) Sr.
Landon Stump (Live Oak, Morgan Hill) Jr.

FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS INFIELD

Julian Angulo (Warren, Downey) Jr.
Eric Bitonti (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Jr.
Joe Brown (Petaluma) Sr.
Elijah Clayton (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Soph.
Tyler James (Vanden, Fairfield) Sr.
Chris Paciolla (Temecula Valley, Temecula) Sr.
Mike Santos-LaPlaca (Kennedy, Sacramento) Jr.
Ryan Ward (Coronado) Sr.

FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS OUTFIELD

Jackson Freeman (Tesoro, Las Flores) Jr.
Jake Jackson (Madison, San Diego) Jr.
Matt Moses (Del Campo, Fair Oaks) Jr.
Gavin Rognlein (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) Sr.

FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)

Dean Curley (Northview, Covina) Jr.
Mikey Ebner (Maranatha, Pasadena) Sr.
Triston “Murph” Gray (Madera South, Madera) Sr.
Cooper Lanz (Buhach Colony, Atwater) Sr.
Corey Nunez (Torrance) Sr.
Logan Reddemann (Quartz Hill) Jr.
Ricky Smith (Righetti, Santa Maria) Jr.
Toby Twist (Bakersfield Christian) Jr.

SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS CATCHERS

Charlie Welch from Redwood of Larkspur already has been named Marin County Player of the Year. Photo: redwoodbark.org.


Eric Biehl (Beverly Hills) Sr.
Jacob Campagna (Francis Parker, San Diego) Jr.
Logun Clark (Taft) Sr.
Sean David (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills) Sr.
Nate Norman (Fullerton) Jr.

SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS PITCHERS

Cal Amborn (Archie Williams, San Anselmo) Sr.
Jackson Cloud (Santa Ynez) Sr.
Adrian Herrera (Montgomery, San Diego) Sr.
Hayden Hughes (Del Campo, Fair Oaks) Sr.
Spencer Johnsen (Ocean View, Huntington Beach) Jr.
Trent Liolios (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach) Sr.
Zach Perez (Granada Hills) Sr.

SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS INFIELD

Matteo Bellisimo (Tamalpais, Mill Valley) Sr.
Joe Cardinale (Palma, Salinas) Sr.
Franklin Carney (St. Augustine, San Diego) Sr.
Robert Corona (Ontario) Sr.
Maddox Haley (Madison, San Diego) Sr.
Jesse Gutierrez (Wilcox, Santa Clara) Sr.
Sean McCance (Woodbridge, Irvine) Sr.
Braxton Thomas (Central Catholic, Modesto) Jr.
Charlie Welch (Redwood, Larkspur) Sr.

SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS OUTFIELD

Aidan Magana (Moreno Valley) Sr.
Jordan Otjen (Point Loma, San Diego) Sr.
Robert Pitts (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) Sr.

SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)

Diego Castellanos (Live Oak, Morgan Hill) Jr.
Jordan Davis (Baldwin Park) Sr.
Will Gagnon (Reedley) Sr.
Ian Guanzon (Pleasant Valley, Chico) Sr.
Miguel Ramos (Rodriguez, Fairfield) Sr.
Trevor Scott (Estancia, Costa Mesa) Sr.
Cooper Whitton (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Sr.
Braydon Wooldridge (Glendora) Sr.

FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS CATCHERS

Nico Newhan from Maranatha Christian of San Diego was among the state leaders in home runs with 12. Just a junior, he also batted .530 with 54 RBI. Photo: Maranatha Christian / MaxPreps.com.


Lucas Herman (Viewpoint, Calabasas) Sr.
Roman Meyers (Temecula Prep, Temecula) Jr.

FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS PITCHERS

Devon Daniel (Kerman) Sr.
Nick Dugan (St. Bernard’s, Eureka) Sr.
Gavin Farinha (Turlock Christian) Jr.
Ethan Lay (Colusa) Sr.
Cody New (Hesperia Christian) Jr.
Jobe Olson (Laton) Sr.
Noah Zirkle (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) Sr.

FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS INFIELD

Noel Aquinas (St. Francis, Watsonville) Sr.
Deven Carter (Alpha Charter, Elverta) Sr.
Malachi Fuller (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento) Sr.
Cayden Lee (St. Bernard’s, Eureka) Sr.
Emilio Martin (Fremont Christian) Sr.
Aaron Martinez (LeGrand) Sr.
Nico Newhan (Maranatha Christian, San Diego) Jr.
Micah Nicholson (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento) Soph.
Gus Toffinelli (Calaveras, San Andreas) Jr.
Trent Toole (Stevenson, Pebble Beach) Jr.

FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS OUTFIELD

Jaxon Byrd (Alpha Charter, Elverta) Sr.
Cole Curtis (Albany) Sr.
Dylan Malcolm (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) Jr.
Mark Spohn (Monte Vista Christian, Watsonville) Sr.
Leighton Tarke (Sutter) Sr.

FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)

Adam Delgado (Kerman) Soph.
Dean Habbestad (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr.
Luke Kalfsbeek (Colusa) Soph.
Jackson Nichols (Valley Christian, Roseville) Sr.
Eric Segura (Soledad) Jr.
Dylan Stewart (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda) Sr.

SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS CATCHERS

Christopher Petit from King/Drew of Los Angeles pitched two no-hitters this season. Photo: Amanda Scurlock / L.A. Sentinel.


Griffen DeRusso (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek) Jr.
Tre Harvey (Silver Valley, Yermo) Sr.
Rocco Izzo (Trinity Classical, Valencia) Jr.
Peyton Van Worth (Dos Palos) Soph.

SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS PITCHERS

Travis Delgado (Marshall Fundamental, Pasadena) Sr.
Ryan Farrell (Ojai Valley, Ojai) Sr.
Troy Frazier (Fremont Christian) Jr.
Matthew Haggard (Marysville) Sr.
Christopher Petit (King/Drew, Los Angeles) Sr.
Noah Souza (Colfax) Sr.
Micah Sweeton
(Cornerstone Christian, Camarillo) Soph.
Bryce Zavala (Santa Paula) Jr.

SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS INFIELD

Brandon Cordes (Weed) Sr.
Emanuel Frias (Colusa) Sr.
Nicholas Gonzalez (Flintridge Prep, La Canada) Sr.
Alex Herrera (Linden) Sr.
Jacob Ogilby (Mariposa County, Mariposa) Jr.
Blake Schaaf (Head-Royce, Oakland) Jr.
Tyler Soren (Mesa Grande Academy, Calimesa) Sr.
Kadyn Victorian (Salesian, Los Angeles) Sr.

SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS OUTFIELD

Edgar Cuevas (Firebaugh) Sr.
Rome Requena (Wiseburn Da Vinci, El Segundo) Soph.
Michael J. Ryan (Gridley) Sr.

SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)

Aiden Dorsch (St. Bernard’s, Eureka) Sr.
Bradley Gilbert (Arrowhead Christian, Redlands) Soph.
Rico Merlo (Durham) Sr.
Joseph Romero (St. Joseph Academy, San Marcos) Jr.
Alex Soberanis (Vasquez, Acton) Sr.
William Stephens (Trona) Sr.
Vinny Terraciano (Viewpoint, Calabasas) Sr.
Isaac Vega (Mary Star, San Pedro) Sr.

State Medium Schools
Player of the Year:
Eric Bitonti (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Jr.

State Small Schools
Player of the Year:
Nick Dugan (St. Bernard’s, Eureka) Sr.

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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