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Turlock’s Rocha helps Bulldogs at Central Coast Classic
Jaron Rocha
Turlock High second baseman Jaron Rocha earned the Athlete of the Week honors after putting in an all-around performance at the Central Coast Classic (JOE CORTEZ/The Journal).

Turlock High second baseman Jaron Rocha turned in a solid all-around performance at last week’s Central Coast Classic at Paso Robles High School.

The Bulldogs played games against Pleasant Valley (Chico), Westlake (Westlake Village), Amador Valley (Pleasanton) and the host Bearcats.

At the plate, Rocha was 3-for-8 with a home run, a double, a stolen base, and four RBIs. On the mound, he was equally impressive, picking up the win in the Bulldogs’ fourth and final game of the classic — a 3-2 victory over Amador Valley. Rocha pitched six innings and allowed just one hit while striking out eight.

“My fastball and my off-speed, they couldn’t read it out of my hand, and I was throwing it for a strike, getting ahead in the count,” said Rocha. “This sets us up better for the second half of the season because we saw guys we’re not used to seeing. It’s just good experience seeing teams we don’t usually face, traveling, in different weather; a new routine.”


Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Favorite class: U.S. History

Favorite food: Steak

Hobbies: Working out, fishing, hanging out with family/friends

Secret talent: I can conn a boat

Dream college: San Diego State

Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”

Favorite TV show: “That ’70s Show”

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite athlete: Jazz Chisholm Jr. (Miami Marlins)

Favorite team: San Francisco Giants

Last book read: “1984” by George Orwell

Favorite artist: Drake

Three songs on my playlist: “Fair Trade” by Drake; “Father Stretch My Hands” by Kanye West; “Whatever She Wants” by Bryson Tiller

Finish this sentence: I can’t live without … baseball

Finish this sentence: In 10 years I will be … a professional baseball player