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Canyon's Weinstein named Foothill Player of Year

Valencia's Busfield, West Ranch's Bennett named top pitchers

Posted: May 17, 2013 10:44 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2013 10:44 p.m.

Canyon pitcher/shortstop Max Weinstein was named the Foothill League 2013 Player of the Year.

 

After Canyon baseball lost on Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Cowboys head coach Adam Schulhofer took the opportunity of having a quiet bus to give his players some good news.

He read off the names of all of his players who were selected to the All-Foothill League teams — a combined four first and second team and honorable mention selections.

Then he announced that senior pitcher/shortstop Max Weinstein was selected by the Foothill League’s coaches as the 2013 Player of the Year.

“It was definitely a bittersweet feeling,” Weinstein said. “At the time, I wasn’t feeling the greatest, but it was definitely a good feeling.”

Canyon won its first Foothill League title since 2002, sharing it with West Ranch.

But the Cowboys surprised many by doing that.

Weinstein did the same by what he accomplished.

“I would have said you were absolutely out of your mind,” said Weinstein on what he would have said if he were told at the beginning of the year that he would become player of the year. “There are so many great players in the league. To be named one of the best is an absolute honor.”

Weinstein won the Foothill League batting title with a .438 batting average.

On the mound, he was Canyon’s ace, going 5-5 with a 2.49 ERA. He struck out 63 in 70 1/3 innings.

There were co-Pitchers of the Year in the second year of the prize.

West Ranch’s Cody Bennett (10-2, 2.38 ERA, 73 strikeouts, 70 2/3 innings) and Valencia’s J.D. Busfield (7-2, 1.60 ERA, 69 strikeouts, 74 1/3 innings) shared the honor.

Bennett, a senior, has a scholarship to Sonoma State and Busfield, a senior, has one to Loyola Marymount.

The spark plug Weinstein has received some interest, but no offers.

What would a college be getting from him?

“A team would be getting definitely a hard worker,” Weinstein said. “Initially you see me on paper there’s not much to look at. To see the real player, you have to see me on the field.”

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