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College Park’s Joe DeMers tosses third no-hitter

College Park High’s baseball team has played three home games this season. Senior Joe DeMers has pitched in all of them. He has yet to allow a single hit in any of them.

College Park's Joe DeMers hasn't allowed a hit in three home games.

College Park’s Joe DeMers hasn’t allowed a hit in three home games.

DeMers’ latest no-hitter, his third of the season, came at the expense of Northgate on Tuesday in Diablo Valley Athletic League action. He struck out five and walked one in the 11-0 win. DeMers was also 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. In his past two games, DeMers has gone 7 for 7 at the plate.

DeMers’ hitless streak at home began with a perfect game against Monte Vista in early March. Last Thursday, he didn’t allow a hit against Concord in a 3-0 win.

Against Northgate, DeMers got some help from his defense. In the sixth inning, Northgate’s Ryan Graham hit a liner to the outfield, but College Park right fielder Josh Nelson was able to throw him out at first. Nelson also had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs an RBI and a stolen base.

DeMers is committed to Washington and will likely be an early round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.

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Baseball: College Park advances to semifinals of national tournament

The College Park High baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of arguably the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country, the National High School Baseball Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Falcons opened the tournament by beating defending state champions on back-to-back days behind strong pitching performances from Joe DeMers and Chris Brown.

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Joe DeMers helped College Park win its first game at the NHSI tournament (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff file photo)

A day after DeMers carried the Falcons to a 3-1 win over Farragut-Tennessee, Brown pitched a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Loyalsock Township of Pennsylvania. College Park plays the winner of Whitewater-Georgia and Mosley-Florida in Friday’s semifinals.

Against Farragut on Wednesday, DeMers was sharp on the mound and a big part of the Falcons’ offense, going 1 for 1 with a run, RBI and stolen base. The Washington commit was even better on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out six. He gave up three hits and a walk, throwing 104 pitches.

College Park coach Andy Tarpley told Baseball America that DeMers, who threw a perfect game against Monte Vista two weeks ago, can be even better.

“His stuff was, I’ve seen it better, but it was still good enough to win,” Tarpley told Baseball America. “He knows how to compete.”

MLB.com called DeMers one of the day’s top standouts.

Against Loyalsock earlier today, Brown struck out six in his strong outing. After allowing a run in the top of the first, he settled down and his teammates provided the run support. Willie MacIver’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Nick Oar hit a two-run homer in the third. Brown also helped himself with an RBI triple in the second.

 

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Baseball: DeMers, Hooper named MaxPreps preseason All-Americans

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

A pair of local pitchers are earning recognition as two of the best high school baseball players in the country. College Park’s Joe DeMers and De La Salle’s Justin Hooper were recently named to the 30-player preseason All-America list by MaxPreps.com.

DeMers signed with Washington and Hooper with UCLA during the early signing period in November, but both are potential early round MLB draft picks.

Here’s what MaxPreps has to say about DeMers, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has been a longtime USA Baseball star: College Park could be one of the top teams in the country this year thanks largely to the all-around play of DeMers, who has earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors three years running. He posted a 12-2 record last year with 94 strikeouts and a 0.65 ERA in 86 innings pitched. He also batted .373 with 32 RBIs. He has committed to Washington.

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

And here is MaxPreps’ assessment of Hooper, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and the younger brother of Stanford tight end Austin Hooper: Considered the nation’s top lefthanded pitcher, Hooper posted a 6-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched for the Spartans.

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NCS baseball: Upsets aplenty as tournament begins

What a crazy stat to the North Coast Section baseball playoffs. We got an 18-inning thriller that lasted two days, saw the defending champions in Division I and II eliminated in the first round and had the No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 in two brackets. This is the kind of excitement we get with single-elimination tournaments on the diamond.

The highlights of the opening round:

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De La Salle ace selected to Under Armour game

De La Salle High ace Justin Hooper is one of 36 players nationwide to be selected for the 2014 Under Armour All-American baseball game.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior left-hander holds a 1.50 earned run average and has 38 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched this season for the Spartans, who are heavily in the mix for the East Bay Athletic League title.
The all-star game will be played Aug. 16 at Wrigley Field and will be televised by MLB Network the following day. The game is part of a four-day event that also includes a formal workout for MLB scouts.

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DVAL baseball commitments

The Diablo Valley Athletic League is brimming with college baseball prospects this year. Between College Park and Clayton Valley Charter, nine baseball players have made their college commitments.

Clayton Valley has a pair of seniors who recently committed. Grant Meylan (outfield/pitcher) is headed to Santa Clara while Garrett Nelson (first base/pitcher) is going to Long Beach State.

College Park has seven players, all juniors, who have already committed. They are:

  • Noah Oar – Stanford
  • Joe DeMers – Washington
  • Trevor Larnach – Oregon State
  • Willie MacIver – Washington
  • Jeff Mitchell – Cal
  • Chris Brown – UC Davis
  • Noah Burnham- UC Santa Barbara
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Joe DeMers named state’s top sophomore

Cal-Hi Sports announced their state baseball players of the year on Monday, and College Park High’s Joe DeMers was named Sophomore of the Year. DeMers was a standout pitcher and also one of the Falcons’ top hitters. He went 10-0 with an ERA of 1.00 and 63 strikeouts in 63 innings, helping College Park reach the NCS Division II semifinals. As a hitter, he posted a .373 batting average with 25 RBIs. DeMers is a Washington commit with a 95 mph fastball.