The South Bay Sliders enter the Sunset Baseball League in 2019. The Sliders are looking make some noise under the helm of Manager Bob Webb.
The Sunset League is thrilled to announce its 2019 All Summer League Team.
The 2019 champion Ventura County Pirates led all selections with eight players making the team. Jason Ajamian earned the hitter of the year. The slugger had an amazing season, finishing with 51 hits, 36 RBI, 33 R and 9 HR. The nine home runs is a Sunset League single season record. To go along with the power numbers, Ajamian also finished with a .425 BA and .517 OBP. Truly a remarkable season. The pitcher of the year is Curren Larson. The Pirate hurler tossed 36.1 innings, had a 6-1 record and a microscopic ERA (0.99) and WHIP (0.69). He also tallied 39 strikeouts in his 36.1 IP.
The SBL runner-up Solana Beach Redbirds had five players named to the team.
Hitter of the Year
VCP Jason Ajamian 51 H, 36 RBI, 33 R, 9 HR, .425 BA, .517 OBP
Pitcher of the Year
P VCP Curren Larson 36.1 IP, 6-1, 0.99 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 39 K
FIRST TEAM ALL SUMMER
C - VCP Bradley Chesterton 47 H, 32 RBI, 28 R, 2 HR, .362 BA, .451 OBP
IF – VCP Frank Garriola 46 H, 40 RBI, 33 R, 8 HR, 7 SB, .400 BA, .462 OBP
IF – SBR Gaige Howard 24 H, 27 R, 13 RBI, 2 HR, 9 SB, .338 BA, .460 OBP
IF – SCSP Tommy Acuna 31 H, 16 RBI, 10 R, .352 BA, .367 OBP
IF – VCP Kyle Soberano 60 H, 34 R, 21 RBI, 11 SB, .472 BA, .518 OBP
IF - OCL Aharon Modlin 42 H, 28 R, 27 RBI, 6 HR, 7 SB, .359 BA, .439 OBP
IF - SCSH Sebastian Dunn 31 H, 26 R, 15 RBI, 11 SB, .330 BA, .422 OBP
OF – SBR Joseph Canty 39 H, 24 RBI, 23 R, 6 HR, .320 BA, .373 OBP
OF – SBR Kyle Dobson 36 H, 19 R, 14 RBI, 2 HR, 8 SB, .404 BA, .490 OBP
OF - SBS Cody Wissler 29 H, 16 RBI, 16 R, 2 HR, .319 BA, .382 OBP
OF - OCL Mark Stanford 46 H, 28 R, 25 RBI, 4 HR, .393 BA, .458 OBP
OF - OCL Nolan Jekich 31 H, 23 R, 19 RBI, .373 BA, .464 OBP
UTL – OCL Conrad Villafuerte 48 H, 26 RBI, 29 R,.480 BA, .518 OBP
P - VCP Deandrey Carter 49.2 IP, 6-0, 2 SV, 1.27 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 46 K
P - VCP Eric Crouse 26.2 IP, 3-1, 2.36 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 24 K
P - OCL Justin Yang 33.1 IP, 3-0, 2 SV, 2.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
P - SBS Jake Habelitz 38 IP, 4-3, 2.84 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 30 K
SECOND TEAM ALL SUMMER
C – SHO Braxton Hutcherson 26 H, 11 R, 14 RBI, .400 BA, .473 OBP
IF - SHO Shoma Yoshida 30 H, 16 R, 9 RBI, .385 BA, .484 OBP
IF – SBS Zakk Morgan 19 H, 7 R, 6 RBI, .404 BA, .453 OBP
IF – SHO Tony Monroy 23 H, 13 R, 12 RBI, .404 BA, .443 OBP
IF - SCSH Colton Back 35 H, 25 R, 13 RBI, 7 SB, .365 BA, .487 OBP
IF - OCL Pierson Loska 35 H, 30 RBI, 25 R, 7 HR, .365 BA, .398 OBP
IF - SBR Spencer Gedestad 21 H, 15 R, 9 RBI, .350 BA, .418 OBP
IF - SHO David Rivera 19 H, 11 R, 8 RBI, .388 BA, .475 OBP
IF - IVP Dominic Campeau 16 H, 10 R, 6 RBI, .381 BA, .480 OBP
OF - SBS Eddie Zavala 21 H, 18 R, 17 RBI, 5 HR, .333 BA, .373 OBP
OF - VCP Cole Kitchen 15 H, 15 R, 21 RBI, .464 BA, .506 OBP
OF - SCSH Chad Ragland 26 H, 31 RBI, 18 R, .295 BA, .426 OBP
OF - IVP Hayden Schott 22 H, 13 RBI, 6 R, .324 BA, .347 OBP
OF - OCL Ben Barth 38 H, 33 R, 16 RBI, 2 HR, 10 SB, .319 BA, .383 OBP
UTL – IVP Jesse Villalobos 23 H, 13 R, 8 RBI, .390 BA, .532 OBP, 14 IP, 16 K
UTL - SBR Cory Moore 21 H, 19 RBI, 13 R, 3 HR, .313 BA, .453 OBP
P - SCSP Seth Hoetker 18.1 IP, 1-0, 1.47 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 19 K
P - SCSH Joey Acosta 19.1 IP, 2-1, 1.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 12 K
P - SHO Ryan Murphy 18 IP, 1 SV, 3.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 15 K
P - SBS Dennis Stevenson 20 IP, 3.15 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 12 K
IF - SBR Harrison Rodgers 20 H, 9 R, 9 RBI, .328 BA, .431 OBP
IF/OF - VCP Eddie Pietschmann 34 H, 24 R, 22 RBI, 2 HR, 7 SB, .321 BA, .400 OBP
OF - SBS Jack Collete 16 H, 7 R, 6 RBI, .372 BA, .471 OBP
IF - SCSP Robert Haw 26 H, 15 R, 7 RBI, 9 SB, .321 BA, .394 OBP
C/OF - VCP Nick Henry 34 H, 26 R, 22 RBI, 3 HR, .312 BA, .445 OBP
IF/OF - SBS Alex Seguine 18 H, 13 R, 7 RBI, .333 BA, .438 OBP
OF - SCSP Trevor Lukkes 23 H, 10 R, 10 RBI, 9 SB, .307 BA, .354 OBP
1B - SCSH Austin Caulk 24 H, 32 RBI, 21 R, 7 HR, .261 BA, .383 OBP
LA MIRADA -- Another day, another triple-header in the Sunset League Playoffs.
Thursday was the day that decided everything - two teams eliminated, and two teams heading to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday for the Sunset League Championship Series.
The first game was an elimination game between the #5 Orange County Legends and #3 South Bay Sliders.
Offensive fireworks was the norm as the Sliders won 19-10 to move on to a winner-takes-all elimination game later in the day.
In the second game, the Ventura County Pirates defeated the Solana Beach Redbirds 8-1.
The victory means the Pirates advance to the SBL Championship Series. Ventura County already won a regular season crown and is now looking to win its first ever Sunset League tournament championship.
The loss meant the Redbirds had to face the Sliders later in the day for a spot in the championship.
In the third game, the Sliders and Redbirds battled and were tied 1-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but that's where it all changed.
The Redbirds got a two-run fifth, followed by a four-run sixth to put the game away. Solana Beach won 10-2.
Ethan Hagen blasted a home run. Nick Hays (Occidental) added three RBI and scored twice.
Christian Wood (Orange Coast College) was solid, tossing six innings and only allowing one run on just two hits, while striking out four.
The top two seeds are now set for a best-of-three championship series starting Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.
Each team is looking to claim its first Sunset League Championship.
LA MIRADA -- Another great day of playoff action is in the books.
In the first game, the #2 Solana Beach Redbirds defeated the #3 South Bay Sliders 10-0.
It was a tight 2-0 contest for most of the way until the Redbirds unleashed an eight-run seventh inning.
Keegan Wright (Saddleback College) was exceptional, tossing seven innings of shutout baseball and earning the win.
All-Star Game MVP Joseph Canty (Saddleback College) kept it rolling, ripping three RBI. Spencer Gedestad (UC Davis) contributed two RBI.
Zakk Morgan had two knocks for South Bay.
The Redbirds are now one win away from making the Sunset League Championship Series. Meanwhile, the loss meant the Sliders would face the Inland Valley Pirates later in the day.
In Game 2, the #1 Ventura County Pirates cruised to a 19-2 victory over the #5 Orange County Legends.
Ventura County jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first and never looked back, extending the margin to 10-0 by the fourth.
The Pirates sent four longballs out of the park including two from Blake Mann (UC Santa Barbara), and one from Jason Ajamian (LA Valley College) and Cole Kitchen (Santa Clara). The trio combined for 11 RBI. Keaton Glover (University of the Pacific) provided another three RBI.
Orange County was led by Aharon Modlin, who finished 4-for-4 with both of the Legends two RBI.
The Pirates advance and now need just one more win to make it to the Sunset League Championship Series.
The Legends will face the Sliders at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the losers bracket. The winner of that game will play at 4:30 p.m. for a spot in the Sunset League Championship Series.
The final game of the day was an elimination game featuring the #6 Inland Valley Pirates and #3 South Bay Sliders.
The Sliders defeated the Pirates for the second time in the tournament and eliminated them from contention. The final was 16-7.
It didn't look like it would go that way for the Sliders, as they fell to a 7-0 deficit, but scored 16 unanswered runs including a 12-run sixth inning.
Eddie Zavala (Chico State) went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Alex Seguine went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Cody Wissler (Chico State) finished 3-for-5 with two RBI.
The Sliders advance to a game against the Legends at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and will have to win two games to make it to the Sunset League Championship Series.
The Inland Valley Pirates are the second team to be eliminated.
Another great day of baseball is ahead on Thursday!
LA MIRADA -- A long day of playoff action is in the books. It started at 9:30 a.m. at Biola University when the #6 Inland Valley Pirates faced the #3 South Bay Sliders.
South Bay fell behind 2-0 early, but immediately answered with nine consecutive runs. The Sliders won by a final of 10-3.
Grady Morgan and Eddie Zavala (Chico State) each blasted a home run and combined for seven RBI. Jack Collette (San Jose State) had three hits, a run scored and an RBI.
Hayden Schott (Cypress College) had two RBI.
The loss meant the Inland Valley Pirates would have to play later in the day in an elimination game, while the Sliders will play the Solana Beach Redbirds at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
In Game 2, the Orange County Legends defeated the So Cal Shepherds 14-4.
Orange County jumped all over So Cal early scoring seven runs in the first three innings.
Nick Lopez (Saddleback College), Carey Arbolida and Aharon Modlin (Pepperdine) each cranked a home run. Lopez finished with four RBI.
RJ Lan homered for the Shepherds.
The loss means the Shepherds would have to play the Inland Valley Pirates in an elimination game. Orange County advances to a meeting with the Ventura County Pirates at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The final game of the day was an elimination game pitting the Inland Valley Pirates and So Cal Shepherds.
Inland Valley won a nail-biter 6-5 and eliminated the Shepherds from the playoffs.
Tyler VanMarter ripped three hits, Hayden Schott knocked in two.
Garrett McIntyre (Ashbury University) produced two RBI.
The Pirates will now play the loser of the Redbirds-Sliders game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
LA MIRADA -- It was a great day for the Sunset League as the South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars 23-7 Sunday afternoon at Biola University.
The South was composed of the Solana Beach Redbirds, So Cal Shepherds, Orange County Legends and Inland Valley Pirates. The North featured the Ventura County Pirates, South Bay Sliders, So Cal Sparrows and Signal Hill Oilers.
The MVP of the game was Joseph Canty of the South Division champion Solana Beach Redbirds. The Sophomore at Saddleback College stood out in a game with many offensive fireworks.
Now the focus shifts to the Sunset League Playoffs starting Tuesday with a triple-header set at Biola University. The Sliders and Inland Valley Pirates kick things off at 9:30 a.m. followed by the So Cal Shepherds and Orange County Legends at 1 p.m. and an elimination game between the two losers at 4:30 p.m.
Team Est. 2019
Team Owner/GM: Bob Webb
Home Field: Valley Christian High School