High-SchoolCalifornia: Chase Dejong

All-State Baseball: First Team

July, 2, 2012
California high school baseball,ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the WeekHarold Abend/ESPNHSHeritage of Brentwood pitcher Paul Blackburn is one of the best in Northern California.
Mr. Baseball Player of the Year Ty Moore headlines the top 30 overall honorees on the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball teams. Thirty more players selected to all-state overall second team.


Jose Barraza (Sunnyside, Fresno) Sr.
Before the Chicago White Sox drafted him in the seventh round at No. 231 overall (the highest high school catcher chosen from California), the Wildcats’ 6-Foot-1, 220-pound left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing catcher and pitcher was headed to junior college. Now, after signing with Chicago, he’s playing in the Appalachian Rookie Instructional League. Despite his team having a sub .500 season, Barraza put up astounding numbers to earn County/Metro Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors. His .493 average with eight home runs and 25 RBIs, plus 104 strikeouts in 72 innings as a pitcher was too much to overlook, even in a very tough league that included Bullard of Fresno, the CIF Central Section’s Division I champion.

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Cal-Hi Sports Boys State Stat Stars

March, 23, 2012
We have two weeks full of baseball players to catch up on, including a double no-hitter and a 48-game win streak coming to a close. From this week, a sophomore from Los Alamitos also has cooled off the hot start of state-ranked Huntington Beach.

We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school baseball totals in California. We use these as the basis for updating the state record book, which has been published seven times, most recently in the spring of 2009. To report a state stat star of your own, please email highlights to Mark.Tennis@espn.com.

(After games of Saturday, March 17; includes some games as of Wedneday, March 21; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)

Angel Acosta (Gabrielino, San Gabriel)
The junior pitcher already has well over 300 strikeouts for his career since he was a varsity standout two years ago as a freshman. In a 2-1 win earlier this week against Mountain View of El Monte, Acosta went eight innings with a two-hitter and struck out nine. It was not his top extra-inning effort of the season, either. Acosta struck out 18 in a nine-inning game to lead Gabrielo past El Monte, 3-2, one week ago. He also had a two-hitter in that one.

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Elk Grove stops surging Valley Christian of San Jose and jumps from No. 20 to No. 6 in this week’s rankings.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

J.W. North of Riverside and Huntington Beach staying No. 1 and No. 2.

Clovis West and Campolindo impressing at Central California Showcase, but previous No. 6 Buchanan losing twice.

Beckman, Long Beach Wilson going in as newcomers behind top pitchers James Kaprielian and Chase Dejong.

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.