The Pacific Coast Athletic League announced its All-League baseball teams for the spring season on Sunday and a handful of local players made the cut.
Monte Vista Christian junior Tyler Keenan was named to the PCAL Gabilan Division First Team, while teammate Aiden Lee was named to the second team.
“I think they both deserved to be on the teams that they got selected on,” said MVC coach Don Keathley.
Keenan finished with a .338 batting average with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 22 RBIs and 23 runs scored for the Mustangs.
Keathley said Keenan is one of the best players in the entire Central Coast Section.
Keathley said the junior center fielder can play from gap to gap and proved it during the Division III playoffs this year.
“(Keenan) is what’s known in baseball as a toolsey player,” Keathley said. “He can hit, hit for power, run, play defense and he has a strong arm…. He’s a coach’s dream, quite honestly.”
Lee made eight appearances on the mound going 3-2 and recorded 26 strikeouts before his season was cut short due to a dislocated right shoulder injury.
The junior pitcher suffered the shoulder injury against Salinas High with two games left in the season.
“(Lee) was our number one and he had our best stuff,” Keathley said. “He faced everybody else’s number ones and unfortunately he had the injury.”
Lee was also a multipurpose player and at times took over first base. He batted .339 with seven doubles, a home run, 16 RBIs and 15 runs scored for the Mustangs.
“He’s a threat whether he’s pitching or playing first (base),” Keathley said.
MVC senior Matt Sanders and St. Francis senior Domenic Cordova were named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.
The PCAL Gabilan Most Valuable Player award was split between Michael Carnazzo of Monterey High and Nathan Martorella of Salinas. Chas Brown of Monterey was named Pitcher of the Year.
Mission Division >> Watsonville High senior Dylan Vargas was named to the PCAL Mission Second Team.
Joaquin Mosqueda was named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.
Justin Heyn of Pacific Grove was named Mission Division MVP, while teammate Hunter Hanes was named Pitcher of the Year. Both were also named to the First Team.
Cypress Division >> North Monterey County senior A.J. Valdez and junior Sebastian Ramirez were named to the PCAL Cypress First Team.
Valdez was a four-year starter on the varsity team and NMC coach Alex Rivera said he’s one of the best players to put on a Condors uniform.
“(Valdez) had a good season and right now he’s back and focused on baseball and wants to continue to play ball,” Rivera said.
Rivera said Valdez is staying in top shape so he can play baseball at the next level.
Ramirez is expected to be back on the Condors next year.
“Sebastian (Ramirez) has the baseball IQ and he uses that to his advantage,” Rivera said. “He knows how to manipulate the game with his mind and he’s a very smart baseball player.”
Seniors Tony Magaña and Wyatt Ramos were named to the Second Team.
“It’s very well deserving. Those kids worked their butts off all season and worked their butts off the last couple of seasons,” Rivera said . “Being the underdog the whole season, we’re finally getting the recognition that our program deserves.”
Rivera said he felt the Condors’ roster was good enough to compete in the Mission Division this year. They’ll get that chance next season, after being bumped up to the second tier.
“For us, we knew that we could hang with teams like Alisal and teams like Alvarez,” Rivera said. “This year, our goal was to go out there and make a statement and prove everybody wrong.”
Pajaro Valley senior John Ramos was also named to the All-League Second Team.
NMC senior Rudy Diaz and PV senior Rocky Ramirez were named to the the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.
Gonzales senior Xando Mendez was named PCAL Cypress MVP, while Greenfield senior Jaime Soto took home the Pitcher of the Year award.
Editor's Note: This article will be published in the June 7 edition of the Register-Pajaronian.