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All-SCV Baseball: What’s next

Williams’ breakout success has people talking about the future, not the past

Posted: June 19, 2010 9:31 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia sophomore shortstop Trey Williams had a breakout year as a sophomore, hitting a Foothill League-leading 10 home runs on the season, including three in one game. Still young, this season's offensive output may be just the beginning.

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You could just tell.

There was something special about Trey Williams.

The ball traveled off his bat differently.

His swing was more violent, more quick.

He moved around the bases and on the field with a confidence rare in sophomores.

Opposing coaches could tell.

Sure, they showered him with praise throughout the season.

But one action told you more about what they thought of the baby-faced slugger, built more like a college sophomore than a high school one.

Against West Ranch on April 30, just two days after the sophomore hit three home runs against the Wildcats, Williams was intentionally walked with the bases loaded.

We've had some tremendous sluggers here in the last 10 years - Jared Clark, Tommy Milone, Christian Lopes.

Did they get intentionally walked with the bases loaded?
Speaking of Lopes, his departure opened the door for Williams' breakthrough.

In 2009, Williams played in Lopes' shadow.

It's easy to see why, as Lopes hit a valley record 15 home runs as a sophomore.

But when Lopes departed for Edison High of Huntington Beach prior to the season, Valencia head coach Jared Snyder, clearly stung by Lopes' leaving, assured people that it wasn't as big of a loss as some thought.

Whether it was frustration or confidence, he emphatically said that Williams would make people forget.

Williams proved Snyder right immediately.

In Valencia's first game of the season, Williams socked his first of 10 home runs on the year.

Poor West Ranch, the team that came into the league season with the most highly touted pitching staff, gave up six of those homers.

Williams' three-home run performance on April 28 was one of the greatest single games in this valley's history - not just because of the output, but because of the wow-factor behind it.

He hit a home run to the deepest part of the field. He hit a towering shot to left field for his second. His third home run was the most jaw-dropping. The ball couldn't have risen higher than 15 feet in the air.

It stayed on a line and cut through the wind over the center-field fence with speed like it shot out of a canon.

Williams batted .376 with 32 RBIs, 34 runs, 38 hits and 10 doubles.

He also played well in the field, despite it being his first year at shortstop.

Yet the 2010 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year hasn't even scratched the surface yet.

Would you believe that this was just an OK year for him?
He's capable of a lot more.

You'll see.

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2010 All-Santa Clarita Valley Baseball Teams

First Team
Kyle Eaton - Senior, Valencia

Eaton would have been one of the Vikings top pitchers, had he not suffered an elbow injury in the summer. Instead, he was one of the valley's best hitters, batting .405 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs. He also had a .547 on-base percentage.

Billy Fredrick - Freshman, Golden Valley
The freshman did more than hold his own in 2010. He batted a team-high .427 and added two home runs and 14 RBIs. Fredrick also had 11 doubles and scored 21 runs.

Josh Heinz - Sophomore, West Ranch
The sophomore third baseman burst on the scene in 2010 with eight home runs and a league-high 46 RBIs. Heinz batted .402 and added 12 doubles.

Tommy Kister - Senior, Saugus
The Foothill League's Pitcher of the Year was 5-3 with a 1.95 ERA and one save. Kister struck out 42 batters in 57 1/3 innings. Not known for his hitting, Kister belted a home run on May 14.

Nick Lombardi - Junior, Saugus
Lombardi led Saugus in hitting in 2010 with a .430 average. He blasted four home runs to go along with 20 RBIs, seven doubles, a triple and 32 runs.

Jared Ortiz - Senior, West Ranch
Ortiz did something in 2010 that we might not see for a very long time. The outfielder had a hit in every single West Ranch game - a 27-game hitting streak. He batted .447 on the season with 46 hits, 29 runs, seven doubles and 14 RBIs.

Quincy Quintero - Senior, Valencia
The Vikings' second baseman batted .378 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. He also scored 25 runs. Quintero was also Valencia's best pitcher out of the bullpen with a 3-0 record, three saves and a 0.36 ERA in 19 2/3 innings of work.

Nico Rusconi - Senior, West Ranch
Rusconi is simply a hit machine. He batted .484 with 44 hits, two home runs, two triples, 10 doubles and 19 RBIs. On top of that, he stole a team-high 13 bases.

Justin Sheehan - Junior, Saugus
Sheehan established a school record with eight home runs. He batted .372 with 27 RBIs and 11 doubles. All eight of his home runs were hit in Foothill League play.

Josh Smith - Junior, Golden Valley
Smith was Golden Valley's most dependable arm, going 2-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 37 innings. He also picked up three saves. At the plate, he batted .316 with five home runs and 23 RBIs, scoring 21 runs.

Second Team
Chris Caldwell - Senior, West Ranch

Caldwell broke through in a big way with a .385 average, five home runs and 20 RBIs. He also scored 27 runs, had 11 doubles and played multiple positions for the Wildcats.

J.C. Cloney - Sophomore, West Ranch
Cloney showed in 2010 that he might be the best young pitcher in the Foothill League. He was 7-2 with one save with a 3.69 ERA, striking out 69 batters in 49 1/3 innings. He also batted .310 in 29 at-bats.

Daniel Dietz - Junior, Hart
The junior jackrabbit gave teams fits all season long because of his speed. Dietz batted .378 and stole a league-high 21 bases in 2010.

Matt Emerson - Senior, Saugus
The senior catcher batted .365 with 21 RBIs. He also scored 19 runs and was on base at a .500 clip.

Icezack Flemming - Senior, Canyon
Flemming was Canyon's bright spot in 2010. He baffled Hart all season, tossing two complete games against the Indians and surrendering only one run. His 1-5 record in 11 appearances is deceptive as he had a 3.84 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings.

Garrett Gooding - Junior, Hart
Gooding was known best for being the league's top long man out of the bullpen. In 48 1/3 innings, he struck out 58 batters. Gooding was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.04 ERA.

Ryan Keller - Junior, West Ranch
Keller tied for the best record in the Foothill at 7-2. He had a 4.23 ERA and struck out 35 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He also hit a home run in spot action at the plate.

Michael Soucy - Senior, Saugus
Soucy batted .367 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. He had 33 hits and scored 24 runs.

James Threw - Senior, Saugus
Threw batted .418 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. He also scored 31 runs and was on base 49 percent of the time.

Shane Zeile - Junior, Valencia
Zeile batted .330 with four home runs and 20 RBIs. He also scored 22 runs and added four doubles. He also had one save in five appearances on the mound.

Honorable Mentions
Patrick Roxbury - Junior, Canyon
Kamran Young - Senior, Golden Valley
Patrick Valaika - Senior, Hart
Ryan Fullarton - Sophomore, SCCS
Brad Buchignani - Junior, Saugus
Brian Mundell - Sophomore, Valencia
Allen Sarkissian - Senior, West Ranch





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