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2014 All-SCV baseball team

Posted: June 26, 2014 10:12 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2014 10:12 p.m.

Valencia senior Keston Hiura hit a total of two home runs combined during his sophomore and junior seasons. During his senior campaign, Hiura led the state of California with 14 home runs in a total of 96 at-bats.

Two chocolate donuts.

That was Valencia High senior Keston Hiura’s breakfast on gamedays because when he ate them, he hit home runs.

If the season were longer than 28 games, there might be a shortage of chocolate donuts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

But that wasn’t the reason for one of the greatest offensive seasons in SCV baseball history and one of the biggest changes of a player that we’ve ever seen.

Hiura tallied 200 at-bats in his sophomore and junior seasons combined on the Valencia varsity. He had 65 hits in those two seasons. Two of those hits were home runs.

In 2014, Hiura had 96 at-bats and belted 14 home runs.

He led all California players in home runs and finished tied for sixth nationally.

Hiura batted .500 (48-for-96), was on base at a .595 clip and had a 1.083 slugging percentage. He had 12 doubles and a triple.

Hiura put on 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, motivated by his powerful teammate Chad Bible, whose broad shoulders, big biceps and small waist made him look like an aspiring body builder.

The added strength was a better reason for the uptick than the donuts.

Hiura’s other reason was a focus and dedication built on pleasing his grandfather.

Dr. Clarence Hiura was Keston Hiura’s biggest fan in 2014.

He attended Valencia baseball games and watched from his wheelchair. At home, he clipped out all the articles he saw that mentioned his grandson’s name.

Clarence’s time at the ballpark made him forget for nearly three hours a day about his kidney cancer.

Hiura gave not only Clarence, but an entire valley an unforgettable season.

The last season an SCV player hit double digits in home runs was 2011, the last season before all California players would have to use BBCOR bats, which lessens the force of a ball coming off a bat.

Double-digit home runs would be hard to achieve.

The Valencia shortstop proved it’s not impossible.

Hiura was the Foothill League Player of the Year, All-CIF Southern Section Division I First-Teamer and a Louisville Slugger All-American.

Now we honor him with the selection of 2014 All-Santa Clarita Valley Baseball Player of the Year.


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