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By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (6-18-15) — Two East County standouts have signed professional baseball contracts.
Slick fielding shortstop KYLE HOLDER, a product of Grossmont College and a 30th round draft pick of the New York Yankees, accepted a $1.8 million dollar signing bonus. That’s a healthy vote of confidence offered by the Yankees for Holder.
Meanwhile, UCLA right-handed pitcher CODY POTEET, a product of Christian High who was selected in the fourth round, signed with the Miami Marlins for $488,700.
MLB Season Debut
Corriea joins fellow San Diegan in Phillies rotation
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PHILADELPHIA, PA (6-13-15) — Former Grossmont High – Grossmont College standout right-handed pitcher KEVIN CORRIEA had his career reborn on Friday (June 12) as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In his first start of this season as a member of the Phillies Corriea pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings.
Correia limited the Pirates to five hits and one walk. He struck out four and only one runner made it past third base in a start that seemed a distant memory at the end of a 13-inning affair the Pirates won 1-0 on Starling Marte's walk-off single.
His start was his first in the big leagues since he gave up seven runs (five earned) in three innings against the New York Mets as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 24, 2014.
MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
Final day of the MLB Draft sees four more drafted
By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (6-11-15) — Four more East County athletes were selected in the third and final day of the Major League Baseball free agent draft on Wednesday (June 10).
Longtime East County baseball standout FRANK CALIFANO, a product of Steele Canyon, has been a record breaker at Youngstown State University (Ohio). The junior southpaw was drafted as a centerfielder by the Chicago White Sox with the 562nd pick in the 19th round.
Other East County athletes selected in the final round include Granite Hills third baseman JORDAN VERDON, who was the 719th pick in the 21st round by the New York Mets.
The list continues with El Capitan-Southwestern College graduate KEVIN GINKEL, who was taken as the 771st pick in the 26th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Not to be overlooked was ROBBY NESOVIC, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound corner infielder off the UC Santa Barbara campus in the 27th round by the Atlanta Braves. In his last season with the Gauchos he batted .342 with 40 RBI.
Nesovic played 3 years of varsity baseball and basketball for the Grossmont High Foothillers. As a pitcher in his junior year he posted a 1.02 ERA with an 11-0 record and hit .418 with 6 HRs. He helped Grossmont to 3 league championships and a CIF Section championship his sophomore year.
Under the leadership of MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, Nesovic was a standout pitcher-infielder for the San Diego Stars semi-pro baseball team.
“We just try to make ballplayers. That’s all we care about,” said Deutschman. “Nesovic could make it as a pitcher or an infielder.”
During the 40-round draft, seven East County baseball players heard their name called. KYLE HOLDER went to the Yankees in the first round; pitcher CODY POTEET was selected in the fourth round by the Miami Marlins; catcher JESSE JENNER was the seventh round choice of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Poteet and Jenner both go on day two of the MLB Draft
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EL CAJON (6-10-15) — When CODY POTEET was a freshman at Christian High in 2009, he was one of the hardest throwing pitchers in San Diego County. Strikeouts was the name of his game as he registered 78 punchouts in 71 innings en route to a 9-1 record as a freshman. That was the spark of a bright future.
Poteet eventually received a scholarship to UCLA for the last three seasons.
The junior right-handed pitcher was selected on day two of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday (June 9). The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Poteet was selected by the Miami Marlins as the 116th overall pick in the fourth round.
Poteet set career-bests in wins and ERA this season at UCLA, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 27 appearances (13 starts). His 68 strikeouts ranked second on the team and he held opposing batters to a .230 average over 73.1 innings. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection, Poteet has racked up 14 wins in his career at UCLA and currently ranks second on the team in career starts (39).
A Bonita native, Poteet was previously selected out of high school in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.
JESSE JENNER CLIMBS LADDER
Former Steele Canyon High and Grossmont College standout JESSE JENNER, a senior catcher at the University of San Diego, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 221st pick in seventh round of Tuesday’s (June 9) second day of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Jenner, an All-WCC selection the past two seasons, posted a .314 batting average in 2015 with two home runs and 27 RBI, while playing exceptional defense (.995 fielding percentage).
Jenner, who resides in Jamul, batted .348 in his junior season, his first with the Toreros. He began his career at Cal State Fullerton, then transferred to Grossmont College, before winding up at USD for his final two years.
The final day featuring rounds 11-40 will be tomorrow, June 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PT. The final day can be watched live on MLB.com.
Holder Drafted in First Round by Yankees
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SAN DIEGO (6-9-15) — University of San Diego junior shortstop KYLE HOLDER, a product of Grossmont College, was selected in the first round, No. 30 pick overall, in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees.
Holder is the seventh San Diego student-athlete to capture West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors since 2007 and the third consecutive.
Named to the 30-player Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Holder hit .387 with 13 doubles, two triples, one home run and 19 RBI during league play. The junior shortstop turned in a .976 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 127 chances and contributed to 10 double plays during WCC games. Overall, Holder hit .348 with 78 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, four home runs, and had 31 RBI.
Holder is also currently a semi-finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, which honors the nation's best collegiate shortstop.
If he elects to sign, Holder could make up to $1-million dollars signing bonus.
NCAA DIVISION I ROWING
Gross stroking her way to National award
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SACRAMENTO (6-4-15) — Sacramento State senior KIM GROSS, a product of Santana High, was the recipient of the National Scholar-Athlete Award announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
The award recognizes rowing student-athletes with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, are at least a sophomore athletically and have competed in an NCAA eligible boat in 75 per cent of the team’s races.
In addition, Gross has received the honor three consecutive seasons, or every year she’s been eligible for the award. She became the sixth Hornet rower to earn the award three times.
Gross sat at stroke with the varsity eight with the first six races of the season, despite battling injuries. After missing two regattas due to injuries she returned during the final weekend of the season to stroke the second varsity eight to a Bronze Medal at the American Athletic Conference Championship.
A second team All-WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association) pick last year, Gross has competed with the varsity eight or second varsity eight each of the last three years. She has won a number of academic accolades over that time, including being names to Conference USA’s Honor Roll last year.
Gross was a Grossmont Conference Player of the Year in girls basketball while at Santana.
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2015 EAST COUNTY
OF THE WEEK
TREVOR HOWELL, Christian
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound four-year senior starter was 4-for-5 (.800) with 5 runs scored, 2 RBI and a stolen base as the Patriots swept to victories in the semifinals and finals of the San Diego CIF Division III playoffs. The versatile leadoff hitter also served as a catcher in addition to his regular position as shortstop.
ZACH HOGUEISSON, Christian
In the final two games of the San Diego CIF playoffs, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore right fielder went 4-for-7 (.571) with a double, a home run and 3 RBI as the 29-2 Patriots captured the Division III championship.
JASON MOORMAN, El Capitan
The Vaqueros’ 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior catcher- first baseman went 4-for-10 with a home run and 4 RBI in El Capitan’s final bouts of the Division III San Diego Section playoffs.
VICTORIA HATHAWAY, Granite Hills
The Eagles versatile senior, in two San Diego Section CIF semifinal games vs. Brawley and Escondido, plus the Division II championship game against La Costa Canyon, batted at a .500 clip (5-for-10), hit a double, two runs, an RBI and a home run.
ANDY LOWRY, Granite Hills
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior outfielder batted .600 (6-for-10) in games against Steele Canyon when he rang up an RBI, Grossmont, when he was hit by pitch three times and Helix when he slugged a double.
TESS EATON, West Hills
In the pressure packed San Diego Section CIF Division I elimination game when Ramona threatened to score in the latter innings with runners on in multiple innings, Eaton, a senior pitcher, showed resilience every time and was able to get out of each jam by retiring the next hitters by either ground out, fly ball or strikeout in the come from behind 4-3 victory in 12 innings.
DaSHAWN KEIRSEY, Helix
The 6-foot-1 senior southpaw pitched a 1-hit shutout and struck out 10 as the Highlanders defeated Valhalla 5-0. When he wasn’t pitching, the centerfielder batted .667 (4-for-6) with 3 runs scored, a double and 3 RBI.
KENNEDY LABSHERE, Valhalla
Against Santana, the freshman third baseman went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored, a home run, a double and an RBI.
SERGIO ALCAREZ, Steele Canyon
The 5-foot-7, 155-pound junior infielder went 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 8 RBI, a double and a home run against the Serra Conquistadors.
ALEX GUAY, West Hills
The sophomore catcher and first baseman for the Wolf Pack went 3-for-4 against El Centro Southwest with 5 RBI, a run, a double and a 3-run home run. Her totals for the week, also including Steele Canyon and Valhalla were 7-for-12, 8 RBI, a double and a home run.
CONNER KONISHI, Helix
The 6-foot, 166-pound sophomore in two games against Grossmont Hills League rival Grossmont, went 4-for-8 with two runs scored and an RBI. In addition Konishi pitched six innings of three hit ball, giving up no runs, two walks and striking out three.
MADISON (MJ) JAMES, Patrick Henry
The sophomore pitcher threw two complete games last week, a 12-2 victory over Serra in a 6-inning, three hit outing, giving up two runs (none earned), one walk and nine strikeouts. Against Scripps Ranch, which ended in 2-2 tie, James turned in a 16-inning complete game, giving up nine hits, two runs, two earned runs, two walks and 16 stikeouts.
TRISTEN SALINAS, Santana
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore right-hander is a double threat for the Grossmont Valley League leading Sultans. As a pitcher he spun a 3-hit complete game shutout and struck out six against Monte Vista. He also swung the bat, hitting at a .583 clip with seven hits in 12 at-bats. Included in his hit totals were a triple and a home run, five runs scored and four RBI.
McKENZIE FLORES, Helix
In three games this past week against Granite Hills, La Jolla Country Day and Mount Miguel, the freshman from Helix went 6 for 9 with five runs, two doubles and three RBI.
WILL HAIL, Christian
A 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior catcher, Hail recorded 7-8 (.785) against Clairemont and Coronado with four runs scored and six RBI for the Christian Patriots.
CASSIE VAN TIL, Patrick Henry
The sophomore outfielder, in three games last week against Scripps Ranch, Morse and Rancho Bueno Vista, went 7-10 (.700) with two runs scored and six RBI for the Patrick Henry Patriots.
MYLES EMMERSON, El Capitan
The highly recruited versatile junior went 5 for 7 with three runs, two doubles and three RBI in the finals of the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament. He also hit his second home run for the Vaqueros.
HALLE KYLER, Granite Hills
The sophomore is a double threat for the Eagles, going 3 for 4 against Santana with two doubles, a single, two RBI and four runs scored. Against West Hills she earned the win with a complete game outing, allowing two hits and striking out 11. She scored two runs against Bishop’s in the Jaguar Classic Championship game, and earned the win with three innings pitched, giving up one hit and striking out six.
COLE HENDERSON, Valhalla
The 6 foot-3, 185 pound versatile junior batted .667 with 10 hits in 15 swings in the Premier Division of the 65th Annual Lions Tournament. Included in his totals were two doubles, a home run, six RBI, and five runs. In his only pitching start he hurled five innings versus Poway allowing only one unearned run.
CARLY PEARSON, Grossmont
The junior infielder went 7 for 9 with a double, five runs, four stolen bases and an RBI against Bishop’s, El Camino and Rancho Bernardo in the Jaguar Classic and Falcon Fiesta Tournaments.
JOSH ESQUIBEL, Steele Canyon
The freshman first baseman began the season with 15 hits in 26 at-bats (.577) in three games as the Cougars averaged 12 runs a game in a 3-game sweep during the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament.
VICTORIA VILLEGAS, Valhalla
Against Helix in the Bucs Classic, the freshman went 4 for 4 with four runs, a triple, two home runs and six RBI.
BRYCE JURRIES, Christian
The 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher twirled 2 shutouts in leading the Patriots to three straight wins and the championship of the Aztec/Foothiller Tournament. In 14 innings he allowed only 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6.
KENDRA BUCKLEY, Steele Canyon
The senior went 10-for-16 (.625 average) with 5 runs, 3 triples, 2 home runs, a double and 5 RBI in four softball games last week, two of which the Cougars won and two of which they lost.
KENDALL MARINESI, West Hills
The Wolf Pack junior infielder went 3 for 4 with four RBI in the Silver Bracket semifinal of the Cougar Classic as West Hills defeated Hilltop 10-0. In other games this week she hit a double and scored two runs.
JAKE CASTILLO, Mount Miguel
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior infielder-pitcher batted .533 (8 for 15) as the Matadors streaked to a 3-0 start to begin the season. Included in Castillo’s totals were six RBI and five Runs in the sweep. He was 3 for 5 with five RBI for the Matadors against Mission Bay. He also posted one victory on the hill against SD-Southwest.
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