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Valencia baseball players named All-Americans

Posted: June 18, 2014 10:33 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2014 10:33 p.m.

Valencia shortstop Keston Hiura was named the Foothill League Player of the Year.

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It’s no wonder Valencia High School’s baseball team featured such a dangerous lineup this season.

Two of its players ended up as All-Americans.

Valencia senior shortstop Keston Hiura and junior first baseman Devin Davis were named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger High School All-America team, released last week.

Hiura, the Foothill League Player of the Year, was named to the All-America first team while Davis made it on the second-team list.

Hiura found out he was on the pretigious list via an email from his father.

“I was searching and I found my name and somewhere between that I was like, ‘Wow. Alright. OK,’” Hiura said. “So yeah, I was definitely surprised. I’ve never had a honor that high before. And Devin Davis, who got second team as well, it was an honor for him to be on it with me. All the hard work that we’ve all been through definitely paid off.”

This season, Hiura blasted 14 home runs, which led all prep players in the state and ranked tied for sixth nationally, according to

The UC Irvine-bound senior finished the year batting with a .500 batting average and a 1.083 slugging percentage. He had 30 RBIs and scored 43 runs.

He was listed among 108 total first-teamers on the All-America list, 26 of which were infielders.

Many players on the first team were chosen in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month.

That included four of the top 10 overall draft picks.

“I haven’t really looked at the All-American teams in the past or whatever, I’ve just heard of it,” Hiura said. “But to actually see it on a big website with other big names, people getting drated in the first round, top 10 picks and whatever, it’s an honor.”

Hiura was not drafted, though he spoke to a few Major League scouts beforehand.

In those conversations, Hiura said he made it clear his focus was pursuing academics at UC Irvine as his priority for now.

“It would have been nice to have been recognized or something like that, but it’s not a huge deal for me,” Hiura said of the draft. “But definitely a goal for me for the next three years.”

He’ll be eligible for the draft again after he completes his junior year at UC Irvine.

But it wasn’t just Hiura who made Valencia the highest scoring team in the Foothill League by a considerable distance.

He was helped out in the lineup by Davis, who ended up with a .427 average, a .708 slugging percentage, five home runs and a team-high 33 RBIs.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Davis said of making the All-American team. “I’ve always wanted to try to put my name up there with the best guys up there.”

Earlier this week, Davis finished up at the Perfect Game USA 2014 National Showcase, a prestigious five-day amateur baseball event in Fort Myers, Florida.

This week, he’s in North Carolina for the USA Baseball Tournament of the Stars, where he’ll have a chance to make the 18U USA National Team.

Davis has verbally committed to play for Loyola Marymount University.


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