NCS Sophomore of the Year
BUBBA GOMEZ, FREMONT CHRISTIAN
Last year’s NCS Freshman of the Year had no problem elevating his game even higher during his sophomore campaign, leading to a repeat selection as the top player in his class.
Gomez, who also averaged nine points per game on the Warriors’ varsity basketball team this past winter and notched 83 saves in goal for the soccer team in the fall, has begun to receive interest from numerous Division I baseball programs, and it is no surprise why.
As a batter, he compiled a .605 average this spring, up from .500 in his freshman year, not to mention his three home runs and section-leading 61 RBI. On the mound, Gomez went 9-1 with a 0.57 ERA, and faced each of the best teams on the schedule. He also notched 104 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.
“Bubba was really able to live in the moment this year,” said Fremont Christian coach Chris Gomez. “What I really liked seeing this year was his ability to really succeed on the mound and at the plate in our biggest games, and against our top competition.”
Part of what that included was games against schools with much larger enrollments, such as American, Mt. Eden, and Division I playoff-bound Irvington, one of the top teams this year in the Mission Valley Athletic League. In the game against Irvington, who nearly beat top seed San Ramon Valley in the first round of the section playoffs, Gomez limited the Vikings to two hits while notching 13 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory.
That performance came on the heels of a one-hit, eight-strikeout performance in a 7-2 win over American, and just prior to the win over Mt. Eden. In the win over Mt. Eden, Gomez not only held the Monarchs to one earned run while striking out six, but also provided the pop at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBI.
The sophomore’s performances did not diminish over the season, either. In the first round of the section playoffs, Gomez held Branson to four hits in a complete game 1-0 victory, striking out seven in the process. He also threw a pair of no-hitters down the stretch, including one in the BCL title game against California School for the Deaf, in which he registered a season-high 16 strikeouts.
Offensively, the MVP of the BCL-General Division added 41 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. This summer, he will be playing for the San Diego Padres scout team, along with accepting spots in the Phil Singer Showcase in San Diego, and a pair of Under Armour All-Star games. After that will be a stint in the Arizona Junior Fall Classic and All-Academic game, for a player currently maintaining a 3.56 GPA.
Other players considered for this award include Kennedy-Fremont’s Dalton Bowling, Berkeley’s Michael Dixon, and Monte Vista’s Josh White.