Got a call from Foothill High baseball coach Angelo Scavone this morning to tell us that Jake Jefferies, infielder and hitter extraordinaire, has committed to Cal State Fullerton. I’ll have more later, but figured I’d get that out there. Fullerton’s a big, big deal in baseball circles.
Got a bit of baseball news for you today. Clayton Valley High coach Bob Ralston, who has led Clayton Valley in two separate stints and has engineered a tremendously successful program year in and year out, has been named the new head coach at Cal State East Bay.
Less than a month after completing a tremendous turnaround season, De La Salle High baseball coach Matt Castello has stepped down to spend more time with his family.
This probably doesn’t come as a shock to anyone, but the North Coast Section baseball championships have been postponed until Monday due to rain.
And, they’ll now take place at home sites. That means James Logan will host De La Salle at 7 p.m. on Monday for the Division I crown, and Clayton Valley will host Campolindo at 5 p.m. in the Division II final.
Division III fans, you have the biggest adjustment. San Marin will now host Acalanes, and that game won’t take place until Tuesday at 5 p.m. Marin Catholic hosts McKinleyville Monday at 5 for the D-IV title.
The Division V championship between Redwood Christian and Head-Royce is still scheduled for today, for now. That game has been moved to Fremont Christian, and first pitch has been moved to 2 p.m.
Just checked the NCS website and found that the Campolindo-Alameda baseball game, a rematch of last year’s Division II championship, has been postponed due to rain. They’ll lock horns tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Lincoln Park.
Just got an email informing us that Robert Stephenson, the Alhambra High right-hander projected to be a first-round draft pick in next week’s Major League Baseball draft, has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year for California.
Stephenson is now a finalist for the Gatorade National POY award, which has been won by names like Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay and Chipper Jones.
I’ll try to chat the award-winner himself up and get some reaction for ya shortly.
Alrighty, I promised you some reaction to today’s NCS baseball seeding meeting, so here goes. I’m gonna do the top three divisions.
Click below for all the NCS baseball pairings.
Got a little baseball recruiting news today. Miramonte infielder Tyler Davis, a very talented hitter who can pick it at either second or third base, has orally committed to Chico State.
Here’s this week’s poll. Enjoy.
|1. Alameda (6)||22-1||90||1|
|2. Clayton Valley||18-3-2||82||2|
|3. James Logan||19-3||80||3|
|4. De La Salle||17-5||72||4|
|5. San Ramon Valley||17-5||66||5|
|8. Monte Vista||16-6||49||8|
|12. Las Lomas||13-8-1||23||11|
|13. El Cerrito||16-7||19||t13|
|t14. Castro Valley||16-8||9||NR|
Also receiving votes: Deer Valley (14-8, 5 points), Arroyo (13-9, 1). The East Bay Prep Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.