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All-CIF lists released for spring sports

List omits Valencia baseball's Keston Hiura

Posted: June 23, 2014 4:51 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2014 4:51 p.m.

A big group of Santa Clarita Valley athletes made it on All-CIF lists, which were unveiled Monday by the Southern Section, but one of the biggest reveals of the day was a name that didn’t show up anywhere.

Eight SCV baseball players and four local softball players were named All-CIF, but the state’s leading home run hitter in prep baseball, Valencia shortstop Keston Hiura, was absent from the All-CIF-Southern Section Division I first and second teams.

Hart senior Nick Valaika was the only Foothill League player to make the Division I first team, while Santa Clarita Christian freshman Noah Dent was tabbed for first-team All-CIF in Division VII.

There were also four local softball players on the All-CIF first-team lists. Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez, West Ranch first baseman Julia Lombardi and Valencia first baseman Dominique Salgado made it on the Division I squad and SCCS pitcher Shelby Boswell was picked for Division VII.

Six others from SCV baseball teams were named All-CIF second team, including Valencia’s Devin Davis and Saugus’ Roy Verdejo for Division I and SCCS’ Tommy Curry, Clint Ross and Colt Huckabone, as well as Trinity’s Caleb Wilson for Division VII.

The All-CIF volleyball teams were also revealed Monday, but no local players made the list.

Hiura appears to be the biggest snub of the day given that he finished the season with a state-high 14 home runs, a .500 batting average and 30 RBIs.

“Blown away. I don’t know how that could possibly happen,” said Valencia head coach Mike Killinger on Hiura not being on the list. “I have to believe that’s an omission.”

Killinger said he submitted Hiura’s name first on a nomination list.

Hiura was the Foothill League Player of the Year and was recently named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger High School All-America team.

As for those Foothill Leaguers who did make the All-CIF list, Valaika batted .400 with three home runs, 13 RBIs and 10 stolen bases, Davis hit .427 with five homers and 33 RBIs and Verdejo ended up at .381 with three home runs and a league-high 35 RBIs.

The All-CIF softball selections were led by Lopez, who was the Foothill League Pitcher of the Year with a 0.54 ERA, 114 strikeouts and a 9-1 record in 64 innings pitched this year.

Lombardi and Salgado were both All-Foothill first-team honorees while Boswell was the Heritage League co-Player of the Year.

— Signal sports editor Cary Osborne contributed to this story


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