High school baseball updates

I’ve had baseball news piling up over the past few weeks, so I figured I’d throw it out there in one fell swoop.

On the coaching front, we’ve had several changes. For starters, College Park has hired former Acalanes head man and DVC assistant Andy Tarpley to replace Matt Lisle. Lisle is now an assistant for the University of Oregon softball team. Tarp attended several College Park playoff games, and his hiring came as no surprise.

At Clayton Valley, Casey Coakley is returning to lead the Eagles on the diamond. Herc Pardi will remain with the program in his former role of pitching coach. Coakley returns from Los Medanos, where he’s coached the past couple seasons.

Deer Valley has filled its vacancy at the top, picking Dan Peters to take over for Dennis Luquet. Luquet was hired as the head coach at Diablo Valley College. Peters, a College Park grad, has an impressive resume of his own with stints as pitching coach at DVC and LMC as well as a brief run as head coach at Clayton Valley.

On the recruiting front, most people know by now that Cal has snagged top-shelf local pitchers in De La Salle’s Andrew Buckley and Campolindo’s Matt Ladrech (Ladrech is only a junior). NorCalPreps.com’s Cameron Schott reported today that Ladrech’s teammate, infielder Denis Karas, is now also headed to Cal. Karas is also a junior, so that means that over the next two years the pipeline from Campo to Cal will be plenty busy. Current senior Robbie Tenerowicz is Cal-bound after this season.


Liberty’s Zaharias signs with Sonoma State

Liberty High pitcher Stevan Zaharias has signed to play baseball at Sonoma State, beginning next season.

Zaharias was a standout for the Lions this season, earning first team all-BVAL honors with a 6-3 record. He owned a miniscule 0.87 ERA, opposing hitters batted .185 against him and he tossed four complete games. He struck out 62 and walked just 12 in 64.1 innings. He helped lead Liberty to its first playoff berth since 2008.


Deer Valley pitcher Peters inks with UCSD

Deer Valley High graduate Jacob Peters, an all-Bay Valley Athletic League pitcher last season, has signed with UC San Diego. Peters had a solid senior campaign with a 5-2 record and five saves. He was excited to set the school career earned run average record with an ERA of 1.25. The old mark was 1.29.

“I was pretty excited,” he said of the record. “There have been a lot of good pitchers at Deer Valley, and so it was an honor to do that.”


Heritage’s Paul Blackburn selected No. 56 by Cubs

Heritage High’s Paul Blackburn was selected No. 56 overall by the Chicago Cubs in Monday’s Major League Baseball draft. The selection was in the compensatory round, a pick awarded to Chicago for the free-agent departure of Carlos Pena.
Blackburn was at his home in Oakley watching the draft with his family, some friends and neighbors and was surprised to hear his name called.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Blackburn said. “I knew the Cubs were in the mix, but I didn’t think it’d be until later in the second round.”
Blackburn was 10-3 with a 0.93 ERA for the Patriots this season and is signed with Arizona State. He said it’s too early to estimate the possibility of signing vs. attending college, but is excited about a future in the big league.
“All my hard work has paid off now,” Blackburn said. “I hope to fulfill my dream. I hope to make it through and make it to the big leagues.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander would like to help bring some success to the Cubs organization.
“I know the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in a long time,” Blackburn said. “Hopefully I can bring that to Chicago.”


Final East Bay Baseball Poll

Here is the final baseball poll. I thought there were a few surprises in the final vote, so have at it.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 23-4-1 89 1
2. De La Salle (1) 20-7 85 4
3. Dougherty Valley 21-7 78 2
4. College Park 20-7 68 5
5. California 15-13 66 15
6. Acalanes 21-7 61 9
7. Monte Vista 16-11 56 10
8. Deer Valley 21-4 49 3
9. Newark Memorial 21-6 40 8
10. Granada 17-10 30 12
11. San Ramon Valley 16-9 27 6
12. Clayton Valley 20-6 26 13
t13. Foothill 16-9 15 NR
t13. St. Mary’s 23-6 15 NR
15. Northgate 20-5 11 7

Also receiving votes: Head-Royce (19-7, 2 points), James Logan (15-10, 2). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Heads up for NCS baseball in Oakland

Consider this a public service announcement to all the baseball fans planning on heading to the O.co Coliseum for tomorrow’s North Coast Section championships.

Take BART, or hit the ATM before coming.

Tickets should be a reasonable amount, as they usually are at section title games. But parking is going to be the issue tomorrow. According to the bulletin posted on the NCS website, parking will cost a whopping $25. If you want to bring your bus, it’ll cost you $75 to get through the gates. I would expect BART to be the preferred method of getting to the game.

And, to demonstrate that I feel your pain, I gotta pay that too. No parking breaks for media. If anyone wants to meet outside the gate and ride in, I got three seats open. Let’s get it goin.



East Bay Baseball Poll – 5/14

Here is this week’s baseball poll. Records are through Saturday.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (6) 17-4-1 90 1
2. Dougherty Valley 18-4 83 2
3. Deer Valley 19-2 79 3
4. De La Salle 16-6 72 4
5. College Park 17-5 65 7
6. San Ramon Valley 14-7 59 6
7. Northgate 20-2 50 9
8. Newark Memorial 17-5 47 5
9. Acalanes 16-6 44 10
10. Monte Vista 13-9 35 NR
11. James Logan 14-8 30 13
12. Granada 14-8 24 11
13. Clayton Valley 17-5 19 15
14. Alameda 16-6 13 14
15. California 11-11 5 8

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (13-9, 4 points), Heritage (14-8, 1). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


NCS baseball heads back to the Coliseum

Good news for all you North Coast Section baseball enthusiasts out there. NCS associate commissioner Karen Smith told me today that the NCS Baseball Championships will be held at the Oakland (or O.Co, if you prefer) Coliseum this year on June 2. And, it won’t be just one game. It’ll be four games! Start times will be 10, 1, 4 and 7.

Divisions have not been set yet, but four games in the Coliseum is much better than two. I’m looking forward to it!


East Bay Baseball Poll – 5/7

Here is this week’s baseball poll. Records are through Saturday.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 15-4-1 89 1
2. Dougherty Valley (1) 17-3 80 5
3. Deer Valley 17-2 78 2
4. De La Salle 15-5 77 3
5. Newark Memorial 17-4 63 t6
6. San Ramon Valley 13-6 61 4
7. College Park 15-5 54 8
8. California 11-9 47 t6
9. Northgate 18-2 45 9
10. Acalanes 14-6 32 14
11. Granada 13-7 27 NR
12. Salesian 16-3-1 21 11
13. James Logan 12-7 17 13
14. Alameda 13-5 9 14
15. Clayton Valley 14-5 8 13

Also receiving votes: Castro Valley (16-6, 6 points), Monte Vista (10-9, 5), St. Mary’s (15-5, 1). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.