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Valencia's Hiura added to All-CIF team

Posted: June 24, 2014 3:50 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2014 3:50 p.m.

Valencia shortstop Keston Hiura led the state with 14 home runs and had a .500 batting average.

It turns out the Foothill League’s Player of the Year in baseball and the state’s leading home run hitter was supposed to be an All-CIF selection after all.

On Tuesday, the day after the initial All-CIF teams were released by the Southern Section, a correction was made to the Division I first team to include Valencia’s senior shortstop Keston Hiura.

He wasn’t on the list on Monday, but CIF-Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons confirmed Tuesday that the change was made due to a typing mistake on the original one.

“It was a simple typing error on the committee’s part,” Simmons said. “They didn’t check that the list was 100 percent accurate before they sent it in.”

As a result of Hiura’s inclusion on the first team, Jackson Simonsgaard of Thousand Oaks High was removed.

Iran Novick, the president of the California Baseball Coaches’ Association which votes on the All-CIF baseball teams and sends them to the CIF-Southern Section, said he was alerted of the apparent mistake on Tuesday morning.

“It’s an awful mistake to make and I wish it didn’t happen, but the correct player is going to be honored,” Novick said. “It’s just unfortunate the incorrect player will possibly not be happy about this.”

Hiura finished the season with 14 home runs, which led the state, and he had 30 RBIs, a .500 batting average, .595 on-base percentage and 1.083 slugging percentage on top of that.

His statistics were significantly better than others on the Division I first team.

Novick said the committee did include Hiura on their original list, but he accidentally wrote down an incorrect name after the votes were tallied.

“It’s double checked by our panel and apparently none of us found our mistake and I take responsibility for it,” Novick said.

Hiura now joins Hart shortstop Nick Valaika on the Division I first team.

Also included on the Division I second team was Valencia’s Devin Davis and Saugus’ Roy Verdejo.


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