NCS Junior of the Year
BRETT HANSEN, FOOTHILL
Named the Co-Most Valuable Player in the East Bay Athletic League, Hansen led Foothill at the plate, in the field, and especially on the mound, as the Falcons competed at the top of their division all season after a blazing 17-game unbeaten start to the year.
The Stanford commit went 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA, with opposing hitters batting just .197 against the 6-foot-3 left-hander. During the middle of the season, Hansen went an incredible 10 starts in a row allowing one earned run or less in each, all the while facing EBAL and other top Division I competition. He finished the season with 76 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.
When not on the mound, Hansen thrived at first base for the Falcons. He did not commit an error all season while playing the corner position, and paced the lineup with his .321 batting average, 11 extra-base hits, and 26 RBI, the latter two of which were team high numbers. His lone home run during the season came against De La Salle ace Cullen Kafka.
Hansen made his mark against the best teams on Foothill’s schedule through his repeated top performances. In a game against eventual EBAL-Valley co-champion Amador Valley, he blanked the Dons for the 6-0 victory, going the distance on the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out seven and also delivering a run-scoring hit at the plate. Facing eventual NCS semifinalist College Park, Hansen tossed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits on the mound, while delivering two hits and a run batted in at the plate to help his own cause.
The 2017 Prep2Prep Junior of the Year will be showcasing his skills against the best in the country to start the summer, as one of just a handful of Northern California baseball players who will be participating in the Perfect Game National Showcase, June 16-21, in Fort Myers, Florida.
Other players considered for this award include Redwood Christian’s Alex Williams, Encinal’s Osiris Johnson, Casa Grande’s AJ Miller, and Miramonte’s Sam Liang.
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We salute all of the players that have made this a wonderful season of NCS baseball.