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All-Foothill League baseball: Trey bien

Valencia’s Williams is MVP; Kister honored

Posted: May 30, 2010 12:41 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia sophomore Trey Williams was selected as the Foothill League Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches. Williams batted .388 with 32 RBIs and a league-high 10 home runs and helped lead the Vikings to the league title.

 


After a breakout freshman season, Valencia sophomore shortstop Trey Williams didn’t sneak up on anyone this spring.
That didn’t stop him from continuing to be successful, and now, the sophomore has been named the Foothill League MVP by the league’s coaches.

“I’m really honored to get it,” he said. “There are a lot of great players in the league — Kyle Eaton, Justin Sheehan, Josh Heinz, Nick Lombardi. ... It pumps me up, makes me want to work harder and accelerate my game.”

Williams made the move from third base to shortstop this season and blossomed into the league’s premier hitter at the plate.

Williams, who led the Vikings with a .388 average, 32 RBIs and a league-high 10 home runs, heads a crop of seven all-league selections for Valencia, including three on the first team (Eaton, Quincy Quintero and Shane Zeile).

“It’s nice to have six all-league underclassmen coming back for next year, but it’s their job to come back and improve,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “Trey was the most feared player in the league, but Quincy was arguably our best offensive player (late in the season) and when he was on the mound he was just dominant.”

Saugus senior Tommy Kister won the league’s inaugural Pitcher of the Year award, with a 5-3 record, 1.95 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

“It’s a great honor and I’m blessed to win the award,” Kister said. “I just tried to go out and do my best with no regrets. To end my senior season with such an honor and to earn the respect from the Foothill League coaches is great.”

Saugus juniors Sheehan and Lombardi were first-team selections for the Centurions.

West Ranch also had seven all-league selections, headlined by first-team senior outfielder Nico Rusconi, who batted a league-high .484.

Heinz, a sophomore third baseman, was also a first-team selection for the Wildcats and senior outfielder Jared Ortiz was a notable selection to the second team with a league-high 46 hits and a season-long 27-game hit streak.

Canyon junior catcher Patrick Roxbury, Golden Valley junior pitcher Scott Barlow and Hart juniors Garrett Gooding and Daniel Dietz rounded out the first team.

Among the underclassmen on the second team were Golden Valley freshman second baseman Billy Fredrick and Valencia sophomore catcher Brian Mundell.

Signal Sports Editor Cary Osborne contributed to this story.

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Foothill League Baseball
Most Valuable Player

Trey Williams, So., Valencia
Pitcher of the Year
Tommy Kister, Sr., Saugus

First team
Scott Barlow, Jr., Golden Valley
Daniel Dietz, Jr., Hart
Kyle Eaton, Sr., Valencia
Garrett Gooding, Jr., Hart
Josh Heinz, So., West Ranch
Nick Lombardi, Jr., Saugus
Quincy Quintero, Jr., Valencia
Patrick Roxbury, Jr., Canyon
Nico Rusconi, Sr., West Ranch
Justin Sheehan, Jr., Saugus
Shane Zeile, Jr., Valencia

Second team
Kevin Bailey, Jr., Hart
James Bonds, Jr., Valencia
Chris Caldwell, Sr., West Ranch
Icezack Flemming, Sr., Canyon
Billy Fredrick, Fr., Golden Valley
Ryan Keller, Jr., West Ranch
Brian Mundell, So., Valencia
Jared Ortiz, Sr., West Ranch
Randy Poe, Sr., West Ranch
Nolan Simons, Sr., Hart
Michael Soucy, Sr., Saugus

Honorable mention
Thomas Kratky, Sr., Canyon
Kamran Young, Sr., Golden Valley
Patrick Valaika, Sr., Hart
James Threw, Sr., Saugus
Alex Bishop, Jr., Valencia
Allen Sarkissian, Sr., West Ranch

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