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2021 ALL-EAST COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

Grossmont's Isaiah Gomez. / ScorebookLive

2021 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL

2021 ALL-EAST COUNTY TEAM

 

By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer
EL CAJON —- As a hotbed for high school baseball, East County has generated more than its share of standout ballplayers, many of who reached Major League Baseball — already this season local products Cody Poteet (Christian) and Jake Reed (Helix) have reached the MLB spotlight.

Could Grossmont High catcher Isaiah Gomez be next?

Gomez, a senior, came close to many significant East County records. Although he just fell short, the combination of success in so many categories — home runs, doubles, RBI, team victories — makes Gomez a runaway choice as the 2021 East County Player of the Year.

The combination of achieving double figures in both home runs (14) and doubles (11) by Gomez is a rare feat; this season, only teammate Caleb Hommel — another first-team honoree — reached such a double-double.

Meanwhile, Foothillers teammate Evan Vasiliou was awarded the East County Pitcher of the Year.

Vasiliou, another senior, carried a perfect 11-0 record into the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship game. Although the ballclub lost to Eastlake, he earned two earlier victories for the Titans.

Vasiliou, who has a scholarship to UC Irvine in his pocket, was also one of a record six East County pitchers to register more than 100 strikeouts on the season. He recorded 101 whiffs (against just 20 walks) in 80 1/3 innings, helping Grossmont advanced to the CIF Southern California regional.

With five Hillers on the All-East County first team — the others were pitcher Jaden Wilcox and left fielder Noah Barnes — Grossmont captured 29 victories, allowing head coach Jared Abruzzo to gain the Coach of the Year laurel.

For Abruzzo, it’s his third East County citation over four seasons (2017-18) since moving over from El Capitan.

The East County Newcomer (Rookie) of the Year is Christian pitcher Vaughn Major. The sophomore carried the Patriots to the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship. He also pitched the C-Pats to the CIF Southern California regional finale, where Major (9-1) lost his first game of the season despite not allowing an earned run.

The Bill Dickens’ Inspirational Player Award went to catcher Jake Entrekin of Steele Canyon. Entrekin rated among the league leaders in both power and average all season, keeping the Cougars in the Grossmont Hills League pennant race until the final days of the regular season.

Entrekin was also considered like a coach on the field to molding an underrated Steele Canyon pitching staff.

The Unsung Hero Award went to a player who doesn’t rank among the leaders in any category, yet always seems to be involved in game-deciging rallies. This year, it’s Spencer Davis of Granite Hills.

Davis batted .278, yet rated No. 1 in RBI among ballplayers not named to the all-East County team. He also was responsible for important innings, helping the Eagles equal the school record for victories, helping the ballclub win the CIF Southern California regional championship.

Granite Hills saw four players tabbed to the All-east County first team. The others are third baseman Grant MacArthur, ace pitcher Noa Ponciano, and left-fielder-pitcher Austin Smith, who fired a no-hitter against West Hills this season.

 
Named the Most Improved Player was Santana’s Jason Gonzalez. After entering league play with a sub-.200 batting average, Gonzales batted well over .400 in Grossmont Valley League and postseason play, raising his average to a final mark of .333.


The All-East County Team began in the late 1970s by The Daily Californian newspaper. When the paper folded in January 2000, the sports-writing staff began this website — this is our 21st annual team (over 22 years because of last season’s season cancellation).

EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL
2021 ALL-EAST COUNTY, ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
EAST COUNTY ‘SUPER 50’
2021 ALL-EAST COUNTY TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Isaiah Gomez, Grossmont
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Evan Vasiliou, Grossmont
FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
TBD
NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
Vaughn Major, Christian
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Jason Gonzalez, Santana
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Spencer Davis, Granite Hills
BILL DICKENS’ INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER
Jake Entrekin, Steele Canyon
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jordan Abruzzo, Grossmont

FIRST TEAM

       POS.
  NAME SCHOOL             
YR.
P
2B
LF
C-1B
 
Kota Alto
Shane Bailey
Noah Barnes
Jake Entrekin
Santana
Christian
Grossmont
Steele Canyon
11
10
11
12
P-1B
C
P-SS

3B

Ryan Ellis
Isaiah Gomez
Sebastian
Granados
Caleb Hommel
Patrick Henry
Grossmont
Steele Canyon

Grossmont

11
12
12

12

P-LF
3B
P-SS
P
Dean Landers
Grant MacArthur
Vaughn Major
Noa Ponciano
Santana
Granite Hills
Christian
Granite Hills
12
11
10
12
IF-OF
CF-L
P-CF
P
  Braeden Ross
Austin Smith
Evan Vasiliou
Jaden Wilcox
Christian
Granite Hills
Grossmont
Grossmont
12
12
12
12

SECOND TEAM

       POS.
NAME SCHOOL             
YR.
INF-P
1B
P-INF
LHP-1B
 
Ernie Arambula
Justin Brown
Andy Canedo
Taylor Casey
Monte Vista
Grossmont
Monte Vista
Foothills Christian
12
12
12
11
LF-SS
P-DH
P
LF
Weston Clark
Kyle Dobyns
Dylan Dyresen
Cole Contreras
Steele Canyon
West Hills
Patrick Henry
Santana
11
12
11
12
CF
OF
1B
CF
Connor Evans
Andrew Guana
Calen Harris
Will James
West Hills
Patrick Henry
Santana
Steele Canyon
11
12
11
10
DH

3B-P
P-3B
SS

Ethan McNish-Heider
Josh Meekins
Thomas Ringer
Camden Sos
Granite Hills

Christian
Mount Miguel
Granite Hills

11

12
12
10

THIRD TEAM

       POS.
NAME SCHOOL             
YR.
RF
C-1B
CF
OF-LHP
 
Tyler Begg
Jake Bergherm
Max Cadwalader
Connor Crist
Santana
El Capitan
Grossmont
El Capitan
11
12
12
12
C-P
OF
CF-P
DH-P
Kip Famolaro
Alex Gibaud
Tyler Glowacki
Ben Haar
Foothills Christian
Granite Hills
Santana
Helix
12
11
12
11
UTL
P
2B
C
Colby Johnson
Vencel Kalasho
Wyatt Laub
Cody Macias
Foothills Christian
Steele Canyon
Helix
Granite Hills
10
12
11
11
1B
SS-RHP
C
3B-P
Thomas Molina
Jacobe Noland
Jake Perez
Aiden Perez
Steele Canyon
Mountain Empire
Helix
Helix
10
12
12
12
SS
3B
P
C
Ryan Parker
Ryan Rodgers
Jake Romero
Jacob Savoy
West Hills
West Hills
Grossmont
Monte Vista
12
12
11
12
UTL
2B
SS-P
RF-DH
Max Shabestari
David Vega
Cole Winsor
Barron Zamora
Patrick Henry
Monte Vista
El Capitan
Grossmont
11
12
11
11

ALL-NEWCOMERS TEAM

      POS. 
NAME SCHOOL             
YR.
2B
LF-SS
INF-P-C
OF-P
3B
 
Shane Bailey
Weston Clark
Eddie Delgado
Dakota Hatmaker
Riely Hughes
Christian
Steele Canyon
Mount Miguel
Mountain Empire
Valhalla
10
11
10
10
10
CF
P-SS
C
P
SS
Will James
Vaughn Major
Owen Rodgers
Aaron Shebloski
Camden Sos
Steele Canyon
Christian
West Hills
Christian
Granite Hills
10
10
9
10
10

Note: Because of the COVID-19 situation, plus the addition of Patrick Henry and Mountain Empire to our coverage line-up, we slightly expanded the all-East County teams, plus added the all-Newcomer team (similar to what ECS does for softball).

ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
SELECTED BY COACHES
GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

Player of the Year
Isaiah Gomez Grossmont
Pitcher of the Year
Evan Vasiliou Grossmont
Rookie of the Year
Noan Barnes Grossmont
Coach of the Year
Jordan Abruzzo Grossmont

FIRST TEAM
Isaiah Gomez 12 Grossmont
Evan Vasiliou 12 Grossmont
Justin Smith 12 Granite Hills
Caleb Hommel 12 Grossmont
Jake Entrekin 12 Steele Canyon
Noah Barnes 11 Grossmont
Ethan Mc Nish-Heider 11 Granite Hills
Ben Haar 11 Helix
Sebastian Granados 12 Steele Canyon
Noa Ponciano 12 Granite Hills

SECOND TEAM
Will James 10 Steele Canyon
Ryan Parker10 West Hills
Vencel Kalasha 12 Steele Canyon
Justin Brown 12 Grossmont
Weston Clark 11 Steele Canyon
Max Cadwalader 12 Grossmont
Landon Wirschem12 Helix
Grant Mac Arthur 11 Granite Hills
Barron Zamora 11 Grossmont
Thomas Molina 10 Steele Canyon

HONORABLE MENTION
Cody Macias 11 Granite Hills
Camden Sos 10 Granite Hills
Aiden Perez 12 Helix
Jake Perez 12 Helix
Wyatt Laub 11 Helix
Ryan Rodgers 12 West Hills
Connor Evans 11 West Hills
Ray Marrero 11 Steele Canyon
Issac Vargas 12 Steele Canyon
Taylor Corella 11 Steele Canyon
Jaden Wilcom 12 Grossmont
Reggie Williams 12 Grossmont
Jake Romero 11 Grossmont
Trey Henige 12 Valhalla
Riley Hughes 10 Valhalla
David Gordon 11 Valhalla

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

Player of the Year
Dean Landers, Santana
Pitcher of the Year
Andy Canedo, Monte Vista
Rookie of the Year
Jason Gonzalez, Santana
Coach of the Year
Rigo Ledezma Santana

FIRST TEAM
Cole Contreras 12 Santana
Davin Burroughs 12 Santana
Dean Landers 12 Santana
Ethan Wright 11 Santana
Jason Gonzalez 11 Santana
Koda Alto 11 Santana
Andy Canedo 12 Monte Vista
Ernie Arambula 12 Monte Vista
Connor Crist 12 El Capitan
Thomas Ringer 12 Mount Miguel

SECOND TEAM
Caleb Harris 11 Santana
Tyler Begg 11 Santana
Tyler Glowacki 12 Santana
Tyler Lemen 10 Monte Vista
Isaiah Hilke 11 Monte Vista
Jacob Savoy 12 Monte Vista
Zach Mayhew 12 El Capitan
Jake Bergherm 12 El Capitan
Cole Winsor 11 El Capitan
Bradley Larsen 10 El Capitan

HONORABLE MENTION
Elijah Reber 11 Santana
Miguel Rosario 12 El Capitan
Sy ‘Bobo’ Mendoza 12 El Capitan
Jeremiah Castillo 9
Mount Miguel Johnathan Trader 10
Mount Migue lDavid Vega 12
Monte Vista Chris Leask 12 Monte Vista

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