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Prep baseball: Seniors play ball again

Top players have a game against Bakersfield All-Stars on Wednesday

Posted: June 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

One of the most successful seasons in Foothill League baseball history — with both West Ranch and Saugus reaching at least the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, and the Wildcats making the semifinals — isn’t quite over yet.

Twenty-seven Foothill players will represent the Santa Clarita Valley in the second annual SCV vs. Bakersfield All-Star Game on Wednesday at Bakersfield College at 7:15 p.m.

After a successful first go-around last year, despite a one-run loss for the Santa Clarita team, the Foothill League is expecting another great showcase this season.

“Oh absolutely,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “The more we get to know the game and have more of them, the more guys you put on the field. It’s an extra showcase for these guys to go out and play before they go to college and hopefully someone’s there to watch them.”

Led by eight Valencia players, all six Foothill League schools will be represented.

Trey Williams and Brian Mundell lead that group, with their participation being contingent on the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft — with West Ranch’s Michael Silva falling into the same category.

During league play, Williams was the Vikings hottest hitter with a .381 batting average. The senior knocked in 14 RBIs and hit three home runs.

Mundell led the team during league with 20 RBIs and four home runs, and hit .375 in the 15 games.

The team features 10 pitchers, led by Saugus ace and Foothill League Pitcher of the Year Justin Donatella. He posted a 2.14 ERA in 88 1/3 innings pitched this season with a 9-3 record and two saves.

Donatella will be joined by pitcher Chad Bennett, infielders Austin Rodriguez and Andru Cardenas and outfielder Spencer Daniels.

Silva adds to a contingent of five for Foothill League champion West Ranch, including catcher Josh Heinz, outfielder Gabe Peralta, shortstop Justin Hovis and pitcher Avery Ortiz.

Hart, which has four players on the team, will bring two pitchers of its own in Josh Bendig and Ricky Torres.

Connor O’Brien and Tyler Webb are also scheduled for the game.

Valencia will also have pitchers Connor Chase, Chris Gimenez, Chris Castellon and Nick Talmo representing the SCV. Lukas Foster and Cody McAfee are also on the roster.

Canyon’s four representatives are shortstop/second baseman Kevin Morrice, catcher Adam Evans, outfielder Jacob King and pitcher Jacob Emery.

Adrian Carballo is the lone Golden Valley player headed to Bakersfield.

In its second year, the SCV vs. Bakersfield All-Star Game will consist of a nine-inning game with 10-man lineups.

“It was really successful (last year),” Snyder said. “The kids had a good time and Bakersfield puts on a great game for us and we play at a beautiful facility. It went really well.”

The game is billed as the only showcase that features a team built of solely Santa Clarita Valley athletes, and scouts are expected to attend, according to a letter by the Foothill League’s six head baseball coaches.

“The greatest part about it is you’re putting the best seniors on the field and they’re all from the Santa Clarita Valley,” Snyder said. “The best senior players in the valley are going to go represent themselves against the best seniors in Bakersfield.”

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