P2P CCS Boys Baseball Honors
Leland's Albert Hsiao is the CCS Junior of the Year.

CCS Junior of the Year

Few catchers can hit the ball for average and power the way that Hsiao can do so, and the fact he is only a junior will leave opposing pitchers in the Central Coast Section worried for another season.

Hsiao batted an astronomical .506 this year for the Chargers, while also powering his way to seven home runs and nine doubles. The UC Davis commit had 29 runs batted in, while scoring 25 runs. Behind the plate, his arm also got the job done, throwing out seven of the 15 runners who attempted to steal a base against him.

Of the 12 multi-hit games Hsiao had this season, the most impressive might have come in his final game of the year. Facing Palma standout and Cal commit Sam Stoutenborough, Hsiao did everything he could to keep Leland in the game, going 3-for-3 with a double against the elite pitcher.

That’s not to say his other top performances did not come in big games. He homered in a 2-0 win over eventual Open Division champion Valley Christian, and three of his other home runs came in big wins over Westmont, Santa Cruz, and Wilcox.

This season was another stepping stone in what has already become an illustrious career for the three-year varsity starter. Hsiao now owns a career .407 batting average for the Chargers, having improved from .323 as a freshman, to .409 as a sophomore, and now over .500 as a junior. After drawing 11 free passes in the 2017 season, one can only expect that number to rise next year.

Other players considered for this award include Palma’s Sam Stoutenborough, Valley Christian’s Patrick Wicklander, and Saint Francis’ Ricky Martinez.

NOTE: We would like to thank our media partners, coaches, parents, players and fans for contributing photos for our all-section features. We salute all of the players that have made this a wonderful season of CCS baseball.