P2P CCS Baseball Honors
St. Francis pitcher Jeremy Ydens had another phenomenal season to earn CCS Player of the Year honors again. (P2P Staff)


Player of the Year


Over the last two years the St. Francis High baseball team reigned supreme over the rest of the Central Coast Section.

During that span the Lancers have captured back-to-back CCS Open Division titles and two West Catholic Athletic League titles Jeremy Ydens stood out from the bunch and by bunch meaning the entire CCS.

"He's a once-in-a-lifetime type of player," Oakland said. "He's the kind of kid every coach dreams of having on their team. I was so fortunate to have him on my team the last three years. I don't know where we would've been without him."

For leading St. Francis to such heights and doing so in such grand fashion that for the second straight year Ydens has been named the Prep2Prep CCS Player of the Year.

Ydens, a UCLA signee, said that to be considered the best player for a second consecutive season in such a large area is very special.

"It's an extreme honor," Ydens said. "To be considered this with all the teams in the entire area it definitely goes to show that all the hard work pays off."

Ydens, who was named co-WCAL Player of the Year with Hunter Bishop of Serra, did it in the batter's box, on the field and on the mound for St. Francis.

Ydens led the Lancers in average (.453), hits (38), triples (5), runs (38) and steals (21) this season.

On the hill, Ydens went a perfect 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings pitched.

"He had a phenomenal high school career, one of the best ever," Oakland said. "His deameanor is perfect for the game of baseball. He's never too high; he's never too low. He is a tireless worker who has tireless habits. He's just a really rounded individual that knows how to take care of himself."

In what more than likely was the final game he'll ever pitch, Ydens couldn't have gone out any better. Ydens threw a six-hit shutout in the Open Division title game to lead St. Francis to a 1-0 victory against a very tough and game San Benito team.

In grand fashion, Ydens' final out was a strikeout before jumping into teammate and catcher Johnny Mendoza's arms in celebration.

"The kid is a great competitor," San Benito coach Billy Aviles said. "It's one thing to have a skill set but when you have that bulldog attitude it always helps. He has great composure and carries himself well on the field."

Mendoza said in a big game there's no other player he would've wanted to have the ball than Ydens.

Ydens was recruited as on outfielder for UCLA so going out the way he did couldn't have been scripted any better.

"It was pretty special to go out in a way like that," Ydens said. "I think in general this team did a great job of coming together at the end and I think I wouldn't be put in certain situations if it wasn't for my teammates. There were so many times this season where guys came up clutch — got those hits, wins on the mound — it's just special."

In Oakland's 10 years at the helm of St. Francis he's some great players come and go but the 6-foot-3 190-pounder has stood out from the way he handles himself both on the field and in the classroom.

In a team sport with so many talented players Oakland said that without Ydens winning back-to-back Open Division and WCAL titles wouldn't have been possible.

"If we didn't have Jeremy Ydens, we wouldn't have won anything these last two years," he said. "As much as I would like to think our coaching staff played a big role in our success at the same time having the best player in Northern California the past two years sure played a bigger role."

Coach of the Year

Mike Oakland has had a storied career at St. Francis and is our choice for CCS Coach of the Year.


Mike Oakland went out on top.

The St. Francis High baseball coach — who last week stepped down as coach to become the head softball coach of the Lancers — ended his baseball coaching career on top.

Oakland led St. Francis to its second consecutive Central Coast Section Open Division title this year and third CCS title in the last four and for his achievements he can add one more accolade to the mantle as Oakland was named the 2016 Prep2Prep CCS Coach of the Year.

Oakland admits the Lancers' journey to back-to-back Open Division titles wasn't an easy one.

"It's really tough to repeat, a lot of things need to go your way," Oakland said. "When we got the draw and had Serra in the second round I thought it was going to be a really tough obstacle to overcome. We were able to do that and I just go back to the experience we had. This senior class was a very strong class of individuals."

One that experienced tremendous success after some early-season struggles.

The Lancers began West Catholic Athletic League play a pedestrian 3-3 before winning eight straight to co-capture the WCAL regular season title with Serra.

"It was a struggle early that's for sure," Oakland said. "We ran into some really good pitchers and some great teams."

Once St. Francis found its mojo things started falling into place. Guys that weren't hitting started hitting and Oakland's already uber-talented pitching staff got even better.

Led by senior ace Jeremy Ydens, the Lancers only allowed two runs in four playoff games this season.

Ydens, a UCLA signee, threw a six-hit shutout in the Open Division title game leading St. Francis to a 1-0 victory over San Benito, credits Oakland for the team maintaining its cool throughout the season.

"He's been such a great coach and has coached a lot of great guys," Ydens said. "I'm really appreciative of the job he did."

After losing to Serra in the WCAL Tournament title game, it became a new season for the reigning Open Division champions.

Oakland showcased the Lancers' pitching depth and his lack of fear to roll the dice as he decided to start his No. 2 pitcher Giuseppe Benedetti instead of Ydens in their opener against St. Francis Central Coast Catholic.

Benedetti picked up the win giving up no runs against St. Francis CCC and the win again Carlmont in the Open semis.

In doing so Oakland set it up where he would have his ace for a potential matchup against Serra and the title game and sure enough that's what happened.

"Once we got in the playoffs we weren't phased knowing that if we lost the season was over," Oakland said. "They had been through it before and knew what to expect. They knew how to prepare themselves mentally and physically. I think their experience playing in so many tough games and competition throughout the year really paid dividends at the very end."

Senior of the Year

The Cal-bound senior led the CCS in strikeouts this season. Sabouri went 10-4 with a 0.91 ERA and struck out a CCS best 122 batters in 84 2/3 innings. Sabouri batted .349 with eight doubles.

Junior of the Year

Schilperoort was the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton Most Valuable Player this year. The junior led Westmont in nearly every major offensive category. Schilperoort batted .434 while leading the team in hits (36), runs (24), home runs (3) and doubles (9).

Sophomore of the Year

Brandenburg was a first-team all-PAL Bay Division selection while leading the Scots to a CCS Open Division semifinal game appearance. Brandenburg led the team in average (.464), hits (45), RBIs (26), home runs (4), and doubles (9).

Freshman of the Year

Felix lead Scotts Valley in average batting .361 this year and added seven doubles and a home run. On the mound, Felix didn't relinquish a single earned run in 20 innings pitched while striking out 29 in the process.


Arman Sabouri, Branham
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

Sabouri struck out a section best 122 innings in 84 2/3 innings this season while also leading the team in average batting .349.

Albert Hsiao, Leland
Position: Catcher
Year: Sophomore

Hsiao was a first-team all-BVAL Mt. Hamilton selection this year while leading Leland in batting average (.409), hits (36), RBIs (22), doubles (12) and home runs (2).

Drew Williams, San Benito
Position: Infield
Year: Senior

The UCSB-bound infielder was named Most Valuable Player in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division. Williams batted .435 with 21 RBIS and seven doubles this season.

Hunter Schilperoort, Westmont
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

The junior led Westmont five major offensive categories this season. Schilperoort batted .434 lead the team in hits (36), runs (24), home runs (3) and doubles (9) as the Warriors captured the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton title.

RJ Teijeiro, St. Francis
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

Teijeiro was a first-team all-WCAL selection this season. The junior third baseman batted .368 with 20 RBIs and seven doubles for the back-to-back Open Division champions.

Jordan Brandenburg, Carlmont
Position: Infielder
Year: Sophomore

Brandenburg led the Scots in five major offensive statistical categories this year including average, hits, RBIs, home runs and doubles as Carlmont captured its fourth straight PAL-Bay Division title.

Hunter Bishop, Serra
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

The Arizona State signee was co-WCAL Player of the Year this year while leading the Padres in batting average (.426), runs (29), hits (43), and triples (3).

Mark Gaffey, Bellarmine
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Gaffey was a first-team all-WCAL selection who led the Bells with a .421 batting average. In only 57 total at-bats this season Gaffey got a hit in 24 of them.

Kyle Pruhsmeier, Sequoia
Position: Outfielder
Year: Sophomore

Pruhsmeier was a first-team all-PAL Bay Division selection this year while batting .441 with nine doubles, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Jeremy Ydens, St. Francis
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Ydens did it all again this year for the Lancers in leading the team offensively in average (.453), hits (38), triples (5), runs (38) and steals (21). On the mound Ydens went a perfect 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings pitched.

Carter Hayes, Carmel
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Senior

The UOP-bound Hayes was voted Most Valuable Player of the Mission Trail Athletic League. Hayes batted a CCS best .505 this year while also leading the Padres in hits (48), RBIs (35), runs (39) and doubles (10).


Patrick Wicklander, Valley Christian
Position: Pitcher
Year: Sophomore

Wicklander was named WCAL Pitcher of the Year this past season while recording 89 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings pitched. Wicklander went 8-3 this year while posting a 0.59 ERA.

Thomas McCarthy, Serra
Position: Catcher
Year: Junior

McCarthy was a first-team all-WCAL selection this year while anchoring a talented Padres pitching staff. McCarthy batted .367 with 20 RBIs and 10 doubles.

Andrew Daschbach, Sacred Heart Prep
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The Stanford-bound Daschbach was named PAL-Bay Division Player of the Year for the Gators.

John Stivers, Carmel
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Stivers was a first-team all-MTAL selection this past year while batting .449 with 35 RBIs, 23 runs scored and 10 doubles.

Jake Dermer, Leland
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Dermer was a first-team all-BVAL Mt. Hamilton selection for the Chargers this past season. Dermer batted .389 with 16 RBIs, five doubles and three triples.

Robert Najar, Lincoln
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

Najar led Lincoln batting average (.426), RBIs (17), and doubles (11) this year. The junior was a first-team all-BVAL Mt. Hamilton selection.

Ian Blair, San Lorenzo Valley
Position: Outfielder
Year: Junior

Blair was named MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic league this year while batting .446 on the season. Blair led the SCCAL in hits and runs scored as well.

Timothy Burkhardt, North Salinas
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Burkhardt was a first-team MBL-Pacific Division this year for the Vikings. Burkhardt batted .424 with 24 RBIs and two home runs this season.

Jack Harris, Aptos
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Harris batted exactly .400 this past season for Aptos while leading the team in RBIs with 25 and doubles with 12. Harris was a first-team all-SCCAL selection.

Jackson O'Boy, Aptos
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

O'Boy batted .434 en route to first-team all-SCCAL honors. The senior led Aptos in hits with 33 while adding two home run and eight doubles this season.

Todd Jackson, Bellarmine
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Junior

Jackson batted .367 and led the Bells in hits and RBIs this past year. Jackson added a pair of home runs en route to first-team all-WCAL honors.


ALISAL: JC Maravillo, Ruben Gomez
ALVAREZ: Ivan Rocha
ANDREW HILL: Israel Jaquaz, Francisco Ortega
ARAGON: Devin Grant, Alex Athanacio
BELLARMINE: Kyle Dean, Kieran Shaw
BRANHAM: Chris Kiefer
CAPUCHINO: Aiden Yarwood, Romon Enriquez
CARLMONT: Connor Loucks
CARMEL: Lennie Rodriguez, Cody Clark, Daniel Higman, Elliot Bouc
CHRISTOPHER: Richie Rios, Chris Spohr, Anthony Rodriguez
CRYSTAL SPRINGS: Joey Blundell, Ben Leonard, David Young
DEL MAR: Jered Lehman
EL CAMINO: Jessee Hernandez
EVERGREEN VALLEY: Leo Zanuga, Norman Leon
GILROY: Tommy Castro, Alex Benavides, Dallas Wilson
GONZALES: Isaiah Madrigal
GUNDERSON: Jake Nowak, Jake Spencer, Miguel Eliason, Noah Munoz, Matt Atencio
HARBOR: Cruz Lambert
HARKER: Nate Kelly, Miles DeWitt
HILLSDALE: Riki Urata, Brett Weiteland
JAMES LICK: Richard Martinez
JEFFERSON: Yael Del Rio, Chris Jose
KING CITY: John Ramon
LEIGH: Kyle Johnson, Matt Remmel
LELAND: Andrew Meggs
LINCOLN: Tobias Veyna
MENLO: Chandler Yu, Rylan Pade, Davis Rich, Ben Somorjai, Griff McGarry
MONTEREY: Carter Aldrete
MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN: Dillon McFarland, Evan Dean
MT. PLEASANT: Paul Tostado, Christian Casillas
NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY: Brock Bueno, Gabe Barajas, Josh Garcia
NORTH SALINAS: Joseph Gutierrez, Ricardo Torres, Jake McCormick
OAK GROVE: Grady Ryan, Nick Burbridge, Alan Brown
OVERFELT: Roberto Luna
PACIFIC GROVE: Kacee Takasaki, Eric Boerner, James Donlon
PALMA: Kyle Crone, Sam Stoutenborough, Michael Gutierrez, Josh Zanger
PIEDMONT HILLS: Cameron Castaneda, Daniel Bobias
PINEWOOD: Bo Fick, Huck Haun
PIONEER: Jayce Clark
PROSPECT: Blake Uyehara
SAN BENITO: Josh Harris, Matt Hill, Diego Fisher, Tyler Triano
SAN LORENZO VALLEY: Matt Robustelli, Dylan Bounds, Tanner Murray
SAN MATEO: Kevin Jacobs, Dominic Monozon, Joseph Veglak, Ethan Wolf, Sergio Noriega, Charlie Titus
SANTA CRUZ: Tony Medina, Leander Merrall
SANTA TERESA: Myles Marciel, Justin Johnson, Michael Farace, Bryce Bowman
SCOTTS VALLEY: Ryan Gallegos
SEASIDE: Tristian Beza, Daniel Sayre
SERRA: Angelo Bortolin, Christopher Underwood, Ryan Sambel, Tyler Villaroman,Vincenzo Venturi
SILVER CREEK: Travis Sunseri
SOBRATO: Matthew Roth
SOLEDAD: Jordan Morrison
SOQUEL: Victor Vogt
ST. FRANCIS: Andrew Martinez, Emilio Nogales, Giuseppe Benedetti
ST. FRANCIS CCC: Danny Cervantes, Andrew Ciandro, Sahid Valenzuela, Ruben Ibarra
STEVENSON: Brad Powers, Henri Pratt
TERRA NOVA: Matt Lavorini
THE KING'S ACADEMY: Parker Andrews, Dante Poleselli, Chris Boccignone, Zach Chester
VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Kayla Dominguez, Lauren Hendrickson, Taylor Beldi
WESTMONT: Jason Munsch, Tyler Lundsford, Evan Phillips
WILLOW GLEN: Joe Hutchings, Tyler Rando
WOODSIDE: Jamie Kruger, Joe Arsan
YERBA BUENA: Marko Montelongo