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Lopes departs from Valencia

Star shortstop Christian and brother Timmy moving to Huntington Beach

Posted: January 15, 2010 10:00 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Christian Lopes established a single-season Santa Clarita Valley record with 15 home runs in 2009.

Christian Lopes is taking his enormous potential to Huntington Beach.

The 2009 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year and Foothill League MVP and his brother Timmy are moving to Orange County and will likely transfer from Valencia High to Edison High.

“It’s pretty difficult honestly. It’s probably the hardest thing me and my brother have had to do,” Christian said. “(But) I don’t think I’ll have a problem adjusting.”

Christian had the potential of becoming one of, if not the best prep baseball stars in Santa Clarita Valley history.

In his sophomore season at Valencia in 2009, Christian broke the valley’s single-season home run record with 15.

In two seasons with the Vikings, the shortstop hit 25 home runs, knocked in 57 RBIs, batted .429 and was on base at a .647 clip.

“He’s one of the best players to come through the program,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We’ll never forget the contributions he made to our program. We wish them luck at Edison. They’re a lucky team to get him.”

Timmy Lopes, a sophomore outfielder saw little action at the varsity level last season, but also showed a lot of potential.

Both players competed at Team USA trials last summer in North Carolina.

Christian made the 18U team, but had to decline the spot because of an elbow injury.

The reason for the move is job related, said the boys’ father, Jack.

“We had a great time in Santa Clarita,” Jack said. “It’s been a great couple of years for Christian and Timmy. We got better out here. The coaches at Valencia, they were great to my kids, no complaints. (Moving) was the right thing to do. Probably the biggest decision we made. At the end, we got to do what’s best for my family.”

Local coaches have remarked that Christian could end up being one of the top picks in the 2011 Major League baseball Draft.

In July, Christian appeared in Sports Illustrated for its feature “Where will they be?” — a section that featured 14 of the best teenage athletes in the United States.

“God has given me the privilege to have success,” Christian said. “I owe all the credit to him.”



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