Top Row (L-R): Franco Alonso, Alvie Castro, Jeff Daley, Adrian DePasquale, Will Downing, Ty Evans, Ethan Firestone, Amaris, Harrison, Aryonis Harrison. Middle Row (L-R): Nick Iverson, Doyle Kane, Thomas Kosakowski, Zane Lindeman, Brian Love, Brennen Mace, Marco Martinez, David Mathias, Cameron McFarlane. Bottom Row (L-R): Casey Popham, Matt Queen, Max Rosenfeld, Aidan Schraeder, Landon Smith, […]
Top Row (L-R): Franco Alonso, Alvie Castro, Jeff Daley, Adrian DePasquale, Will Downing, Ty Evans, Ethan Firestone, Amaris, Harrison, Aryonis Harrison. Middle Row (L-R): Nick Iverson, Doyle Kane, Thomas Kosakowski, Zane Lindeman, Brian Love, Brennen Mace, Marco Martinez, David Mathias, Cameron McFarlane. Bottom Row (L-R): Casey Popham, Matt Queen, Max Rosenfeld, Aidan Schraeder, Landon Smith, Sal Tabullo, Aaron Treloar, Valente Vera, Brock Vradenburg.
Franco Alonso, Poly junior: Alonso had as complete a season as anyone with his 5-1 mark on the mound with a 0.94 ERA and five saves. He fanned 44 batters in 37 innings. Offensively, he was a beast with 47 hits (third in the area) with his .471 average, 34 runs scored, 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs for the D6 and Prep League champs.
Alvie Castro, Pasadena senior: The Bulldogs ace went 6-2 on the mound with a 0.89 ERA and struck out 52 batters. Castro also hit .355 with a team-high 27 hits, and he scored 18 runs, drove in 16 and had five doubles, four triples and two home runs. Castro won 15 games on the mound over the past three years.
Jeff Daley, La Salle senior: The Lancers right hander was the area’s most reliable arm out of the bullpen. Daley went 6-2 on the mound with a 1.85 ERA. He tallied four saves and had a better than five-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio and earned a dramatic victory over Long Beach Wilson in the CIF-SS D3 semifinals. He is even better in the classroom with a GPA north of 4.25.
Adrian DePasquale, Pasadena senior: The Bulldogs catcher hit a team-best .400 with 26 hits and a team-high 17 RBIs. DePasquale scored 10 runs and doubled five times, but his value also extended behind the plate as one of the area’s best catchers. The PHS senior is one of the brightest players around and his ability to read batters helped the Bulldogs pitching staff. He finished with 68 career hits at PHS.
Will Downing, Maranatha junior: The Minutemen pitcher went 4-0 this season with a 0.20 ERA. He’ll be remembered most for coming on in the first inning of the CIF D3 title game, trailing La Salle, 2-0, with two on and one out, and getting MHS out the jam. He earned the victory and the championship. Downing allowed just one earned run in 35 innings and struck out 35.
Ty Evans, Poly senior: The Panthers infielder hit .326 with 28 hits for the Prep League and CIF-SS Division 6 champions. Evans was one of the Panthers most consistent players over the past couple seasons and scored 18 runs and drove in 19. He also had eight doubles and a triple. Evans’ on-base percentage was .390 and had a .442 slugging percentage.
Ethan Firestone, Maranatha sophomore: The Minutemen catcher didn’t get many at-bats, but he still dominated nonetheless. He transferred from Notre Dame & had to wait his time to play and then threw out 12 of 13 base runners that tried to steal on him, he also saved multiple runs on what would have been wild pitches and back-picked multiple opponents throughout their CIF D3 title run.
Amaris Harrison, Muir sophomore: The Mustangs shortstop played so huge in the program earning their first playoffs spot since 1987, and his stats couldn’t measure all he does. Harrison did hit .308, with 21 hits, 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs. He had three doubles and 14 stolen bases and was the most consistent offensive player all season for his father’s program.
Aryonis Harrison, Muir junior: The Mustangs center fielder, like his brother, did so much more than stats could measure in a season Muir finished third in the Pacific League and won two CIF D5 playoff games. Harrison hit .306 with 19 hits, 18 runs and 6 RBIs. He also tripled three times and stole 23 bases and ran down balls in the outfield that no one else could have flagged down.
Nick Iverson, Maranatha junior: The Minutemen shortstop made his name with his glove and range since transferring from Notre Dame, but he also contributed offensively with a .333 average. He also had 23 hits, scored 18 runs, doubled three times and drove in eight runs for the CIF D3 champions.
Doyle Kane, St. Francis junior: The Golden Knights infielder-outfielder hit .318 with 27 hits and scored nine runs. Kane drove in 15 runs and doubled four times. Over the past two years and in the very tough Mission League, Kane has tallied 44 hits and 33 runs scored for his Golden Knights.
Thomas Kosakowski, Flintridge Prep junior: The Rebels pitcher-utility player hit .463 with 31 hits, 21 RBIs and 14 runs scored. He doubled twice and went 3-0 on the mound with a 3.36 ERA and struck out 34 batters in 25 innings for a Prep team that finished third in the Prep League.
Zane Lindeman, La Salle senior: The Lancers ace is one of the best big-game pitchers in recent memory. Lindeman went 7-3 with a .097 ERA, including playoff road wins at Charter Oak and Temescal Canyon. He finished 23-8 over his prep career, with a 3-1 mark in the postseason. Lindeman went the distance in every playoff game he started.
Brian Love, Muir junior: The Mustangs pitcher came off the football field as the Muir quarterback and became the ace of this record-breaking baseball team. Love went 7-1 with a 1.11 ERA, including a 6-0 shutout over Rancho Christian in the second round of the CIF D5 playoffs. Love walked 13 and struck out 38.
Brennen Mace, La Salle senior: The Lancers catcher was the rock behind the plate for his pitcher’s and his offensive prowess came out of nowhere. After not hitting above .150 before this season, Mace batted .435 with 30-plus hits and more than 20 RBIs, including a three-run playoff home run at Charter Oak and a two-run double in the D3 title game against Maranatha.
Marco Martinez, Maranatha senior: The Minutemen third baseball finished an elite prep career as a CIF champion. Martinez hit .405 with 32 hits, 27 runs and a team-best 28 RBIs. He had eight doubles, two triples and four home runs for the D3 champs. Martinez will continue his career at USC.
David Mathias, Poly freshman: The Panthers utility man hit .426 with 29 hits, including 10 doubles and a home run. Mathias scored 26 runs and drove in another 19 for a Poly program that won the Prep League and CIF-SS Division 6 championship. And keep in mind, he’s just a freshman.
Cameron McFarlane, Poly senior: The Panthers outfielder won Prep League championships for the football and baseball programs and finished out his career as a CIF D6 baseball champion. He hit .380 with 30 hits, including eight doubles, four triples and four home runs. McFarlane scored 34 runs and drove in 25. He’ll represent his family and Poly with class as he heads to play football at Stanford.
Casey Popham, Maranatha sophomore: The Minutemen DH & pitcher spearheaded the MHS attack offensively in the playoffs, which ended with a CIF D3 championship. He hit .385 with 20 hits, 16 RBIs and he scored 15 runs. On the mound, Popham was 2-1 with a 2.62 ERA and is someone his teammates are expecting big things from.
Matt Queen, Poly senior: The Panthers pitcher was tied with Maranatha’s Dawson Netz for most wins in the area. Queen went 12-1, including four postseason victories en route to the CIF D6 championship over Moreno Valley. He also hit .379 with 33 hits, 27 runs scored and 23 RBIs. Queen’s ERA was a miniscule 0.43 and he struck out 86 batters.
Max Rosenfeld, Flintridge Prep junior: The Rebels pitcher-shortstop hit .400 with 32 hits, which was just one back of teammate Aidan Schraeder. He also scored 22 runs, drove in 19 and five doubles. Rosenfeld went 2-1 on the mound with a 2.55 ERA and struck out 21 batters in 22 innings.
Aidan Schraeder, Flintridge Prep senior: The Rebels veteran led the program in average (.465), hits (33), runs (26), RBIs (25), doubles (8), triples (2) as well as his five home runs. Schraeder worked a team-high 44 innings and struck out 38 batters for the third-place Rebels.
Landon Smith, La Salle senior: The Lancers pitcher got his one shot at the varsity level and made the most of it. Smith went 6-2 with a 1.50 ERA and he struck out over 60 batters in as many innings. Smith’s shining moment was a two-hit, 1-0 victory over Temecula Valley in the second round of the CIF Division 3 playoffs.
Sal Tabullo, Maranatha senior: The Minutemen left fielder, and cousin of PHS’ Alvie Castro, didn’t get his shot until later in the season and he shined when called upon. Tabullo hit .358 with 19 hits, 17 RBIs and he scored 17 runs. He had one double, a triple and home run for the CIF D3 champions, and played a solid left field.
Aaron Treloar, St. Francis senior: The Golden Knights pitcher-third baseman earned all-Mission League honors by leading SF in average (.333), hits (30) and RBIs (20). He also had seven doubles and three triples. Treloar won two games on the mound and struck out 40. Over the past two years, he has 51 hits and 37 RBIs.
Valente Vera, Muir senior: The Mustangs pitcher-third baseman was the guy everybody looked to as the Mustangs made their program relevant again by finishing third in the Pacific League and winning playoff games over Twentynine Palms, in which he got the win and over Rancho Christian. Vera went 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA & 42 strikeouts He also had 16 hits and 14 RBIs at the plate.
Brock Vradenburg, Maranatha sophomore: The Minutemen first baseman was a huge addition, especially offensively for the CIF D3 champs. He hit .330 with 26 hits, scored nine runs and he was third with 19 RBIs. He doubled three times for the undefeated Olympic League champions.