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Willis leads the baseball All-Journal selections
Jarrod Willis of Hilmar batted .688 in TVL play after 15 games and was 22 for 32 with 15 RBI, 6 doubles, 8 walks and struck out just four times. - photo by Journal file photo

Varsity baseball in the area has always proven to be a strong sport, and this past spring wasn't any different.


Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar had a ton of individual standouts who really stepped and also clinched postseason berths.


Three of the six schools ended up making the postseason, however, Turlock Christian came within a game from earning a playoff spot.


Unfortunately, there wasn't a Cinderella story, but instead the Eagles of TC were booted in their final game of the year, but there were major upsides to the season including multiple consistent batters for first year head coach James Burbank.


There were 26 overall players who made the first and second team selections and every one of them elevated their level of play to become dynamic standouts for the year.


Denair had two underclassmen as honorable mentions in Blake Davis and JT Smith but none made the All-Journal selection.


It is only fair to now take a look at this powerful list that includes multiple future Division-I collegiate players:





1st team (13)


C: Brandon Booz, Turlock (.360 avg., .987 Fielding Percentage)


1B: Tate Soderstrom, Turlock (.420 avg., 18 RBI, .986 Fielding Percentage)


2B: AJ Encalade, Pitman (.440 avg., 26 RBI)


3B: Soren Jerner, TC (.422 avg.)


SS: Matt Carrigg, Pitman (.434 avg., 12 SB, 24 RBI),


OF: Jon Temple (.395 avg., 32 RBI, 5 HR's), Alex Chavez, Hilmar (.355 avg., 30 R, 22 SB), Colton Evans, Pitman (.412 avg., 18 RBI)


RP: Damon Treadwell, Turlock (2.48 ERA, 5-2, 42 1/3 IP) and Brett Hagen, Pitman (1.28 ERA, 38 1/3, 47 K's and only 7 ER)


SP: Blaine Weber, Turlock (1.58 ERA, 8-1, 57 2/3 IP, 6 CG)


UTL: Daniel Fareria, Pitman (.400 avg.)


DH: Jarrod Willis, Hilmar (.486 avg., 22 RBI)



2nd team (13)


C: Tyler Amarante, Hilmar (.368 avg.)


1B: Dylan Roberts, Pitman (.299 avg.)


2B: Wyatt Amaral, Hilmar (.233 avg.)


3B: Nick Jones, Pitman (.367 avg., 16 RBI)


SS: Preston Costa, Hilmar (.305 avg.)


OF: Peyton Dunseth, Turlock (.281 avg., 8 SB), Liam Jones, TC (.388 avg.), Mitch Pryschuk, Turlock (.286 avg.)


RP: Mikah Blomenkamp, TC (1.25 ERA, 3-0, 28 IP, 40 K's) and Colton Dutey, Hilmar (2.84 ERA, 44 1/3 IP, 3 CG)


SP: Landon Curtis, Turlock (2.48 ERA, 48 IP, 5 CG)


UTL: Alexander Picazo, Delhi


DH: Omar Onate, Pitman (.314 avg.)