The Bee's Spring All-Stars: Baseball first team

The Fresno BeeJuly 6, 2013 

BRANDON ACOSTA

Vitals: Senior, Fresno

Catch this: North Yosemite League Player of the Year leaped into Central Section history by not giving up a run — not earned, not unearned — in 461/3 league innings while going 7-0 for team that won conference at 14-1. He finished 8-4 overall with a 0.79 ERA and hit .383 as Warriors finished 21-9 season in D-II quarterfinals.

JORGE ALVARADO

Vitals: Senior, Fresno

Catch this: Leaves signature in section's most prominent baseball program all-time as a career 27-game winner and a 9-5 record this season with a 1.18 ERA for NYL champion and D-II quarterfinalist.

BRETT BAUSMAN

Vitals: Senior, Bullard

Catch this: Hit .350 with 15 RBIs, and had three wins and two saves with a 2.46 ERA for the County/Metro Athletic Conference champion.

CONNOR BROGDON

Vitals: Senior, Liberty-Madera Ranchos

Catch this: Fresno State recruit and North Sequoia League Pitcher of the Year was taken by Atlanta in 40th round of the major league draft and started for County in City/County All-Star Game. He went 6-4 with a 1.77 ERA and 89 strikeouts and 21 walks in 671/3 innings.

DALLIN CORNELIOUS

Vitals: Senior, Caruthers

Catch this: West Sequoia League Pitcher of the Year closed three-year varsity career by going 11-1 for conference champion and 24-4 D-V runner-up.

ALAN CROWLEY

Vitals: Junior, Clovis

Catch this: Fresno County's premier defensive catcher also hit .323, including .381 in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, and drove in 21. His list of college suitors is long.

A.J. FERDINANDI

Vitals: Senior, Memorial

Catch this: Triggerman atop order of 24-9 team that reached D-II final, he hit .359 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 29 runs and was among state's leaders with 27 steals.

JORDON GARCIA

Vitals: Junior, Tulare Western

Catch this: East Yosemite League Player of the Year hit .466, led the section in runs with 54, drove in 24 and drilled 10 doubles, five triples and five doubles. He also stole 16 bases in 19 attempts and went 6-4 as a pitcher with a 2.13 ERA for the 24-10 D-II semifinalist.

DANIEL GARDNER

Vitals: Senior, Clovis North

Catch this: All-TRAC center fielder hit .351 and drove in a team second-best 19 runs — this, while usually batting ninth in the order — and ran down anything in his time zone in the outfield.

CAMERON GARVER

Vitals: Senior, Memorial

Catch this: CMAC Pitcher of the Year went 11-2 with a 1.95 ERA for 24-9 team that reached the finals of the Fresno Easter Classic and the section D-II playoffs.

JAKE GATEWOOD

Vitals: Junior, Clovis

Catch this: Played through a shoulder problem in last third of the season while still hitting .320 with four home runs, scoring 31 runs and going 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA and only 25 hits allowed in 45 innings for a 24-9 team that finished 27th-ranked in the state. He's long committed to USC, but may never get to the Land of Troy, being Sports Illustrated's No. 1 projected selection overall in the 2014 major league draft.

LOGAN HANDZLIK

Vitals: Senior, Hoover

Catch this: San Jose State signee hit .383 with 20 RBIs and compiled a 1.41 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 741/3 innings.

DEONDRE HOWARD

Vitals: Senior, Edison

Catch this: At 5-7, 140, the left-hander better known as "Dae Dae" played big for four years, delivering 24 wins, 124 hits and a section D-II title (2012).

DILLON KELLEY

Vitals: Senior, Mt. Whitney

Catch this: West Yosemite League Player of the Year had some of section's most balanced-busting numbers — .400 average, 38 runs, 35 RBIs, 14 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 1.79 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 661/3 innings.

CONNOR MANNIX

Vitals: Senior, Sierra Pacific

Catch this: East Sequoia League co-MVP led Golden Bears to their first section baseball title. Left-hander struck out 105 in 601/3 innings, compiled an 0.58 ERA and delivered shutouts in their final two playoff games. He also hit .479 with 24 RBIs.

MATTHEW NUNES

Vitals: Senior, Fowler

Catch this: Extended Redcats tradition among Bee All-Stars by hitting .465 with 43 runs and 26 RBIs for 24-8 team that placed second in D-IV.

RAMON ORTIZ

Vitals: Senior, Selma

Catch this: Central Sequoia League MVP for conference champ closed four-year varsity career by going 10-1 with a 1.42 ERA and hitting .444. He beat eventual D-II runner-up Memorial 3-0 with a three-hitter in March.

MARCO PIERCE

Vitals: Senior, Clovis West

Catch this: Went 8-3 with a 2.87 ERA and 86 strikeouts and 70 2/3 innings while also hitting .344 as an All-Tri-River Athletic Conference selection. Next: Oregon.

DANNY PEREZ

Vitals: Senior, Firebaugh

Catch this: West Sierra League Pitcher of the Year closed a 13-0 season with four consecutive shutouts, including five-hit, 4-0 win over top-seeded Caruthers for the D-V title — the first in baseball for the 24-8 Eagles. He struck out 99 and walked eight in 801/3 innings.

LOGAN POISALL

Vitals: Senior, Clovis

Catch this: Leadoff hitter and Fresno State commit led the 24-9 and state-ranked Cougars in batting average (.385) and runs (35) while also hitting 11 doubles, two triples, a home run and driving in 15.

SCOTT ROBERTS

Vitals: Senior, Madera

Catch this: CMAC Player of the Year worked 16 D-II playoff innings in seven days, earning all three wins to close 10-4, 2.17 ERA season as the Coyotes went 22-9 for their first section title in 17 years. He also hit .424 with 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 21 RBIs and a .717 slugging percentage.

CHRISTIAN ROSSI

Vitals: Senior, Clovis North

Catch this: A few months after leading Broncos to section D-I title in football as The Bee's Player of the Year quarterback, he once again impacted a 27-6 D-I champion in baseball as a leadoff hitter and shortstop, batting .313 and leading team with a combined 51 runs and RBIs. Next: Cal State Fullerton for baseball.

McCARTHY TATUM

Vitals: Junior, Clovis

Catch this: Bee Player of the Year finalist played shortstop/pitcher, hitting .363 and going 10-3 with a 2.49 ERA for 24-9 team that made D-I semis, losing 6-5 to eventual champion Clovis North, and finished No. 27 in the state. He's pledged allegiance to Fresno State.

HILARIO TOVAR

Vitals: Junior, Selma

Catch this: Closed a .524-hitting season by going 3 for 3 with four RBIs in addition to pitching a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the Bears' 6-1 win at Fowler for the section D-IV title.

JACK WHEELESS

Vitals: Junior, Buchanan

Catch this: TRAC Pitcher of the Year went 12-1 with a 1.18 ERA, giving up only 47 hits in 83 innings, for the league champion and 26-6 team that finished ranked No. 22 in the state. He threw consecutive no-hitters in the TRAC vs. Central and Clovis East.

COLTON WORTHINGTON

Vitals: Senior, Buchanan

Catch this: No. 3 hitter for TRAC champion and 26-6 team that finished No. 22 in state, he hit .402 scored 22 runs and drove in 30.

— Statistical help from Bob Barnett, Central Section historian and recent California Coaches Association honoree

 

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