P2P NCS Baseball Honors
Connor Redmond stood out among a talented De La Salle team and is the Prep2Prep NCS Player of the Year. (P2P Staff)

ALL-NORTH COAST SECTION

Player of the Year
CONNOR REDMOND, DE LA SALLE


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

With a 36-man roster, and expectations of contending for the North Coast Section Division I title, it was unfair before this season to try and single out one De La Salle player who would rise to the top, and become the team leader for a championship.

Connor Redmond did just that, leading the Spartans with his bat, his glove, and his ability to close games out on the mound. The Cal Poly commit also led from a mental aspect, providing coach David Jeans with a player who could do anything on the field, at any time.

“(Connor) is definitely one of the best players I have ever coached,” Jeans said. “He succeeds in all facets of the game, and just has that ‘it’ factor at all times.”

Redmond was selected as the 2016 East Bay Athletic League Player of the Year, and it’s no surprise why. The senior led the Spartans with a .432 batting average, driving in 19 runs, but also led the team in sacrifice bunts with three.

“He can put down a perfect push bunt, and comes through for you in clutch situations,” Jeans said. “Against Bellarmine, with a runner on third, he won the game with a suicide squeeze bunt. And he was already expecting to get the sign before he even came to the plate.”

Speaking of clutch performances, the senior’s best games happened to come against the top competition. In a non-league victory over Sac-Joaquin Division I champion Elk Grove, Redmond went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBI, and then went 3-for-3 in the NCS Division I title game against Castro Valley.

The all-around threat registered 30 assists and turned four double plays at third base this season, and Jeans said there was no question he was the best defensive third baseman in the area. And as De La Salle progressed towards its first-ever unbeaten season in the EBAL, Redmond also started to shut down any opponents who threatened that record.

San Ramon Valley, Livermore, and Foothill each gave De La Salle a battle until the final out, and each time, Jeans called on Redmond to slam the door. In fact, Redmond did not give up a run in his final eight appearances of the season, finishing the year with a 1.99 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

Redmond received nationwide honors in the spring, when he was named a Perfect Game All-American. Now, at the conclusion of his De La Salle baseball career, he has been named the 2016 Prep2Prep North Coast Section Player of the Year.


Coach of the Year
DAVID JEANS, DE LA SALLE

David Jeans led De La Salle to its third NCS title in five years.

By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

The De La Salle Spartans captured their third section title in five seasons, beating Castro Valley on the first Saturday in June to erase the sting of last year’s title game loss to College Park. It was a special journey in 2016, however, as the Spartans won 25 games and went unbeaten in EBAL play for the first time since joining the league.

One of the big differences between the roster at De La Salle and any other school is the sheer size. Over the past two seasons, Jeans has carried 34 and 36 players, respectively. While most coaches opt to cut the roster size down to somewhere around 15 or 16 players, he has adopted the opposite approach, building massive numbers and challenging his players with the talent surrounding them.

“From day one, this team embraced the challenge, and the work ethic that we expect,” Jeans said. “Everyone treats each other with ultimate respect, and it was truly a single-minded group.”

The team also knows that, with so many viable options at his disposal, positions are constantly up for grabs, and the best players can earn their way onto the field.

“Coach (Jeans) is very truthful and up-front with the guys about who is going to be on the field,” said sophomore first baseman Trace Tammaro. “He does not care about seniority at all. If you are the best player at that position, he is going to start you.”

That approach by Jeans led to a competitive approach in practice, where the team got better on a daily basis. Players who do not start have to also stay sharp, as he does not hesitate to make substitutions, even if it is just for an inning or to get a different runner on the base paths. Jeans also expects the players to take ownership of the team, a trait that he said truly came to fruition this season.

“When I do my best coaching job, I don’t have to do much at the end of the season,” Jeans said. “And this season, the players almost completely took over by the end.”

The De La Salle coaching staff also challenged its squad with an extremely difficult schedule, opening against CCS Open Division champion Saint Francis, a game the Spartans won 5-0 to gain some early confidence. A 7-1 win over Elk Grove gave them victories over the eventual champions from both nearby sections. Two of the team’s three losses occurred at the National Classic in Orange County, one of them to Arizona Division I state runner-up Mountain Ridge-Glendale.

For the players at De La Salle, it was no surprise to see Jeans immerse himself in the culture necessary to build a league and section championship program.

“I truly believe there is nowhere he would rather be than coaching baseball,” said Tammaro, who earned first-team All-EBAL honors after clubbing five home runs.

That sentiment seems to hit the mark when it comes to Jeans. A day after the Spartans won the NCS title, he was coaching a double-header in Yuba City with his travel ball team, the Oaks Baseball club. And even his family is in on the act. His son, Ryan, is the hard-working team manager for the baseball team at UC Santa Barbara, currently playing in the College World Series.

For a record-setting season at De La Salle, against the top competition available, and a passion for his team and the sport he coaches, David Jeans is our Prep2Prep North Coast Section Coach of the Year.



Senior of the Year
KEVIN MILAM, HERITAGE

Milam did it all for the BVAL champion Patriots this season, which resulted in being named the league’s MVP for the second straight season.

On the mound, the Saint Mary’s commit went 11-0 with a 0.76 ERA, striking out 78 batters in 73 innings pitched. At the plate, Milam batted .468 with three home runs, 12 doubles, and 25 RBIs. He was also named a first-team Perfect Game All-American.


Junior of the Year
MATT MASCIO, CASTRO VALLEY

The NCS Division I runner-up Trojans were at their best when Mascio was on the mound, as he went 7-2 with a 1.56 ERA. That included a semifinal victory over second-seed Heritage, when the first-team All-WACC junior held the Patriots’ lineup to a single run late in the game.

He had an impact at the plate as well, hitting .382 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.


Sophomore of the Year
KEVIN CLANCY, NORTHGATE

A big reason for Northgate’s league title and run to the Division II championship game was Clancy’s production at the plate. The first-team All-DVAL selection hit .364 with 33 runs batted in, tops in the league, and had two key RBIs in the NCS semifinal win over Maria Carrillo. He also played a nearly flawless outfield position, committing just one error all season.


Freshman of the Year
BUBBA GOMEZ, FREMONT CHRISTIAN

Gomez burst on the scene this year, batting .500 with three home runs, four triples, 13 doubles, 55 RBIs, and 36 runs scored. He stole 16 bases, and committed just one error. Then there was his pitching. On the mound, Gomez went 13-3 with a 0.55 ERA, and tossed three no-hitters.

In two of Gomez’ three no-hitters, he recorded all 15 outs by strikeout. He was named MVP of the Bay Counties League.



FIRST TEAM ALL-NCS

Conner Roberts, De La Salle
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

Roberts was named the EBAL’s Pitcher of the Year after going 10-0 with a 0.79 ERA. The UC Santa Barbara commit struck out 82 batters in 62 innings pitched, and went four straight starts late in the season without allowing an earned run. He allowed just two extra-base hits all season, and did not give up a home run.


Rogelio Reyes, James Logan
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

Reyes was named MVP of the Mission Valley Athletic League after going 10-1 with a 0.81 ERA and three complete game shutouts. The Cal commit struck out 90 batters in 69 innings pitched, while issuing just 11 walks.


Dawsen Bacho, San Marin
Position: Catcher
Year: Senior

The Sacramento State-bound Bacho was named MVP of the Marin County Athletic League after hitting .346 with 11 doubles and 19 RBI. He had nine hits in the last five games of the year, hitting safely in all of them.


Tommy Henderson, Acalanes
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Henderson led the Dons to a 26-2 record and an NCS Division III title. The Cal commit was named MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League hit .365 with 17 extra-base hits and 22 RBI. He struck out just five times all season, and turned seven double plays in the field.


Bradlee Beesley, San Leandro
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The Cal Poly bound Beesley earned first-team All-WACC honors after hitting .407 with four home runs for the WACC-Shoreline regular season champions. Beesley stole 23 bases and scored 34 runs. The senior also held a 2.33 ERA in 10 appearances on the mound.


Armani Smith, De La Salle
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Smith hit .405 for the Spartans, with 22 RBIs and 25 runs scored. The UC Santa Barbara commit also stole 11 bases and turned 10 double plays. Smith was recently drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the amateur draft.


Spencer Torkelson, Casa Grande
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

The Arizona State commit and first-team All-NBL selection hit .442 with two home runs, eight doubles, and 25 RBIs for the league tournament champion Gauchos. He also drew 18 walks, and was hit by a pitch nine times, for a .575 on-base percentage. Showing his all-around skills, the dual-sport athlete stole 27 bases and turned eight double plays.


Nick Moroney, San Ramon Valley
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The UC Santa Barbara commit hit .400 with 10 extra-base hits, two home runs, 21 RBIs, and 26 runs scored for the Wolves. Moroney was named first-team All-EBAL after also recording nine double plays.


Andre Nnebe, Saint Mary’s
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

The 6-foot-6 Santa Clara commit was named MVP of the TCAL-Rock Division after batting .483 with five home runs, five triples, 11 doubles, 26 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases for the Panthers. Nnebe was also named a first-team Perfect Game All-American.


Justin Mitchell, Livermore
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Mitchell hit .379 with four home runs and 28 RBIs for the Division II champion Cowboys. The first-team All-EBAL selection committed just two errors all season, while also stealing 13 bases. He totaled six hits, including four doubles, in playoff wins over Redwood and Montgomery.


Brian Wright, Northgate
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Wright hit .446 for the DVAL champion Broncos, with 13 RBIs and 27 runs scored. The first-team All-DVAL selection also executed four sacrifice bunts, stole eight bases, and committed just one error in the field. He had 11 hits in the playoffs, including a 4-for-4 performance in the section title game.


Ryan Gibson, Washington
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Senior

Gibson was named first-team All-MVAL after his bat helped lead the Huskies to the MVAL championship. He hit .434 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. For good measure, he picked up seven wins in 14 appearances on the mound, with a 2.42 ERA.


Andrew Vaughn, Maria Carrillo
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The MVP of the North Bay League produced in all facets of the game for the Pumas, going 10-2 with a 1.56 ERA on the mound, and also hitting .326 with nine doubles and 19 RBIs. Vaughn is headed to Cal next season.


Brandon Buckley, Marin Catholic
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Buckley earned first-team All-MCAL honors at two different positions after a standout season for the league tournament champions. He held a 1.50 ERA in 11 starts for the Wildcats, and pitched one no-hitter. The Santa Clara commit also batted .368 with 11 runs batted in.



SECOND TEAM ALL-NCS

Josh Candau, Acalanes
Position: Pitcher
Year: Junior

The UC Santa Barbara commit was named the DFAL’s Most Valuable Pitcher after going 9-1 with a 1.23 ERA. Candau struck out 62 batters in 57 innings pitched, and picked up two wins in the playoffs, including a nine-strikeout, one-hit performance against Hercules.


Nick Sparks, De La Salle
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

Sparks was lights-out for the Spartans, going 11-0 with a 0.36 ERA. The Saint Mary’s commit threw three complete games, and allowed just six extra-base hits all season.


Nolan Alvarez, Analy
Position: Catcher
Year: Senior

Alvarez hit .441 with six stolen bases and 19 RBIs for the SCL champion Tigers, who reached the Division III championship game.


Christian Encarnacion-Strand, College Park
Position: Infielder
Year: Sophomore

Encarnacion-Strand had some big shoes to fill in the Falcons’ lineup this season, and did so tremendously. He earned first-team All-DVAL honors, hitting .409 with seven home runs and 27 RBI, as College Park returned to the Division I semifinals.


Cody Stevenson, Kennedy-Fremont
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

The first-team All-MVAL selection hit .547 with 17 stolen bases, and had a .692 on-base percentage, also drawing 25 free passes for the Division II quarterfinalists.


Dominic Foscalina, Livermore
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The Utah commit and first-team All-EBAL selection hit .349 with three home runs and 20 RBIs for the Cowboys. In the field, Foscalina turned a league-high 12 double plays.


Patrick Gavin, Maria Carrillo
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

Gavin hit .453 with 17 RBIs and 33 runs scored for the NBL regular season champions. The first-team All-NBL selection also stole 12 bases.


Ryan Cole, De La Salle
Position: Outielder
Year: Junior

Cole hit .425 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs for the Spartans. He also stole 13 bases and tracked down 35 fly balls in the outfield to earn a first-team All-EBAL selection.


Otis Statum, Bishop O’Dowd
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Statum, who is rated as one of the top 25 prospects in California among the Class of 2016, by Perfect Game, was named Most Valuable Player in the WACC-Foothill division. He hit .319 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.


Jake Berry, Acalanes
Position: Outfielder
Year: Junior

The Utah Valley commit hit .435 with three home runs with 10 doubles and 29 runs scored this season, for the Division III champion Dons. He also stole nine bases, and was named first-team All-DFAL.


Zach Avila, Stuart Hall
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Senior

Avila was named MVP of the BCL-West division, after leading the Knights to a division title and a berth in the Division V semifinals. He hit .372 with five home runs and 25 RBIs, while scoring 27 runs.


Ricky Hernandez, De Anza
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Hernandez was the Player of the Year in the TCAL-Stone division, after leading the Dons to a division title. On the mound, he was 7-2 with a 1.21 ERA and two saves, striking out 96 batters in 75 inning pitched. At the plate, he hit .420 with 11 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and 19 RBIs.


Ian Villers, Northgate
Position: Utility
Year: Sophomore

The early Cal commit did a bit of everything for the Broncos this season, batting .342 with 18 RBI, but also making an impact on the mound for the DVAL champions. Villers went 7-4 with a 1.34 ERA, and no-hit Division I semifinalist College Park. Perfect Game ranks Villers among the top 60 prospects nationally in the Class of 2018.



HONORABLE MENTION:

ACALANES: Kevin McConnell, Will Rembac, Grant Young
ALAMEDA: Kyle Averitt, Austin Stenseldt
ALBANY: Kyle Averitt, Austin Stenseldt
ALHAMBRA: Tyler Peters, Trent Greene, Cole Gifford
AMADOR VALLEY: Brandon Zerio, Cal O’Laughlin, TJ Myers
AMERICAN: Jacob Hord, Aaron Bell
ANALY: Devon Ogston, Jordan Parks, Gabe Werthimer
ANTIOCH: Victor Anguiano, Brady Crump, Josh Cordova
ARROYO: Goby Medina, Brian Tan, Adrian Padilla
ATHENIAN: Bryan Tierney
BAY SCHOOL: Arthur Churnin
BENTLEY: Christian Jones
BEREAN CHRISTIAN: Casey Schwitters
BERKELEY: Nick Dennis, Cole Fanning-Haag
BISHOP O'DOWD: Leo Nierenberg, Jalen Bustos
BRANSON: Alec Ritch, Henrik Reinertsen
CALIFORNIA: Liam Steigerwald, Mitchell Briggs, Matt Ramirez
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: Bryan Salazar, Tristin Boren
CAMPOLINDO: Max Flower, Ryan McNally, Ryan Rossi, Jack Cassidy
CARDINAL NEWMAN: Colin Imm, Chris McMahon, Drew Oliver
CASA GRANDE: Chris Joaquim, Blake Berry, Quinton Gago, Hance Smith
CASTRO VALLEY: Joaquin Soto, Cole Coffey, Matthew Barraza
CLAYTON VALLEY: Bill Ralston, James Biles, Jack Miller
CLEAR LAKE: John Vertrees, Ryan Damiata
CLOVERDALE: Chris Harms, Drew Edens
COLLEGE PARK: Sam Behrens, Jack Downing, Ian MacIver
COLLEGE PREP: Willis Bass, Zane Johann
CONCORD: Nick Nunez, Jesus Hernandez, Patrick O’Shea, Ryan Parisi
DE ANZA: Richie Kirbyson
DE LA SALLE: Joe Vranesh, Trace Tammaro, Gabe Giosso, Cullen Kafka
DOUGHERTY VALLEY: Evan Seidall
DRAKE: Kevin Miles, JT Balano, Randall Thornton
DREW: Duncan Rocha
DUBLIN: Sonny Brandwood, Connor Gibbons, Zach Promes
EL CERRITO: Kevin Page, Mychael Jamison
EL MOLINO: Austin Sani
ENCINAL: Cinque Holliday, Sandeep Mahl
FOOTHILL: Tyler Winegar, Brett Hansen, Ruben Mercado
FORT BRAGG: Colton Hopper
FREEDOM: Kevin Lonergan, Brodie Garner, AJ Gessini
FREMONT CHRISTIAN: Tommy Bean
GATEWAY: Jonathan Mariano-Smith
GRANADA: Zac Heinz, CJ Malski, Zach Patterson, Jarrett Powell
HAYWARD: Nikoh Mitchell, Alex Desoto
HEAD-ROYCE: Cole Bamberger
HEALDSBURG: Levi Yeley, Evan McPherson
HERCULES: Justin Mahley
HERITAGE: Bubba Dentoni, Alex Robinson, Chris Troye, Walker Brinkman, Tyler Franks
INTERNATIONAL: Max Sivolella, Sebastian Pieri
IRVINGTON: Michael Newman, Cal Bridges, Marcus Sanchez
JAMES LOGAN: Chris Ramos, Justin Berry, Michael Gallagher, Jordon Soto
JUSTIN-SIENA: Colton Petersen, Cameron Michael, Nathan Kaufmann
KELSEYVILLE: Noah Lyndall, Logan Barrick
KENNEDY-FREMONT: Dalton Bowling, Chris Tonna, Andrew Amato
KENNEDY-RICHMOND: Mark Dozier, Tony Gonzalez
LAS LOMAS: Kevin Gregersen, Clayton Barker
LIBERTY: Bryce Prybylinski, Anthony Fugazzi, Andrew Flores, Stirling Strong
LICK-WILMERDING: Justin Robinson, Dixon Layton, James Crutcher
LIVERMORE: Brian Martinez, Kade Gomes
LIVERMORE VALLEY PREP: Chris Roessler
LOWER LAKE: Jordan McGrath
MAKING WAVES: Luis Carillo, Diego Martinez
MARIA CARRILLO: Jo Bynum, Patrick Gavin, Aidan Nagle, Ryan Sellner
MARIN ACADEMY: Alex Gow, Timmy Stabler
MARIN CATHOLIC: Casey Armusewicz, Peter Armusewicz, Mike Praszker, Anthony Pomilia
MIDDLETOWN: Chris Davis
MIRAMONTE: Tim Tague, Zach Wong, Daniel Huston
MISSION SAN JOSE: Stanley Chiang
MONTE VISTA: Connor Bruce, Jack Murphy, Nate White, Jack Maloon
MONTGMOMERY: Nick Smith, Colin Prince
MOREAU CATHOLIC: Marc Goulart, Tanner Granzella
MT. EDEN: Arnoldo Hernandez
NEWARK MEMORIAL: Hunter Harris, Alex Bray
NORTHGATE: Nicholas Simmons, Ryne Mannie, Chris Rogan
NOVATO: Tryston Gomes, Hunter Wegner
PESCADERO: Owen Harper
PETALUMA: Luke Wheless, Kempton Brandis
PIEDMONT: Dylan Porter, Adam Low
PINER: Dylan Currin
PINOLE VALLEY: Sammy Esparza, Dominic Pipkin
PITTSBURG: Jose Vasquez, Isaiah Franklin, Dominic Arias
RANCHO COTATE: Oscar Urbina, Ryan Phillips, Gunner Mefferd
REDWOOD: Zack Kopstein, Nic Gillies, Erik Doctor
REDWOOD CHRISTIAN: Alexander Williams
RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Nick Guiseponi, JP First
SAINT MARY'S: Gianni Bloom, Ryan Jenkins
SALESIAN: Marcelo Tervalon, Matt McFarland
SAN LEANDRO: Josh Campuzano, Augusto Pineda, Kyle Guerra
SAN LORENZO: Dalton Van Hille, Brian Solano, Aaron Johnson
SAN MARIN: Dominic Burke, RJ Balderama
SAN RAFAEL: Angelo Zorn, Jonathan Sumner
SAN RAMON VALLEY: Ryan Davis, Jared Dawson, Blake Harrison, Joey Spears
SANTA ROSA: Tyler Kelley, Jordan Walker
SONOMA ACADEMY: Dylan de la Montanya, Ethan Jones, Kyle Duchynski
SONOMA VALLEY: Ethan Vitale, Eric Bailey
ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME: Hunter Hennigh, Vinnie Republicano, Angel Munoz
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT: Tavion Henderson
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Michael Davis, Liam Galten, Dominic Pedersen
STUART HALL: Robbie Vanderlaan, Willie Reader
SWETT: Kevin Whitaker, Zach Parella, Balewa Byrd
TAMALPAIS: Trevor Bukowski
TERRA LINDA: Chris Allen
TOMALES: Devin Mayo
UKIAH: Devin Kirby, Colton Crabtree, Joe Brazil
UNIVERSITY: Simon Fruth, Kevin Lo
UPPER LAKE: Andreaus Santos
URBAN: Aiden Bryan
VALLEY CHRISTIAN-DUBLIN: Nick Fragus
WALDORF: Kevin Kelleher
WASHINGTON: Sam Braun, Ryan James, Stas Kuntz
WINDSOR: Sam Penning, Hunter Disidoro
YGNACIO VALLEY: Manny Alcantar