High-SchoolCalifornia: Escalon

All-State Baseball: Medium, Small

July, 1, 2012
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California high school baseballEscalon HS/Tom Hauck/ESPNHSJosh Miguel stood out in football and baseball at Escalon for three seasons.
The second set of honors for the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball teams is for players from medium schools and small schools.

Before the overall top 30 is named for the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball honors, we follow up the underclassmen with those from medium schools and small schools.

Players from teams that were considered for the Division IV and Division V state rankings are small schools. Those from teams that were in the Division III state rankings would be medium schools.

With assistance from assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here are the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools and All-State Small Schools teams:

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Cal-Hi Sports Baseball Coach of the Year

June, 18, 2012
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California high school baseballEl Capitan H.S./ESPNHSEl Capitan's Steve Vickery won his 600th game in 2011 season.
State honor goes to retiring Steve Vickery from El Capitan of Lakeside. He guided team to first 30-win season and leaves as the second-winningest coach in CIF San Diego Section history. Rick Lepire, Greg Largent also are named for large schools, small schools.

Contributing: Mark Tennis, Paul Muyskens

In 33 years of coaching high school baseball, El Capitan of Lakeside head coach Steve Vickery has won many awards, including the 2011 California Interscholastic Federation Model Coach award and the 2011 California Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors. He's also going into a national baseball coaching hall of fame later this summer.

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Final State Division Baseball Rankings

June, 11, 2012
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California high school baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSJames Marvel led Campolindo to 2012 CIF North Coast Section Division II title.
Cal-Hi Sports’ mythical champs for 2012 are Vista (D1), Campolindo (D2), Cathedral Catholic (D3), Escalon (D4) and Desert Christian of Lancaster (D5).

This year’s only repeat winner as a Cal-Hi Sports divisional state team of the year in baseball is Escalon in Division IV. Both Campolindo (D2) and Cathedral Catholic (D3) also have been No. 1 in the state previously.

For the final rankings, five extra teams have been ranked in each division.

Here are the final divisional state rankings for the 2012 baseball season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Monday, June 4):

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 30, 2012
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Mater Dei’s hopes for No. 1 state and national ranking are dashed by Newbury Park in CIFSS Tuesday upset. Vista, Cathedral Catholic (both from San Diego Section) could be next in line.

The Newbury Park baseball team did a favor for the rest of the state as its big upset of state No. 1 Mater Dei in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals essentially guaranteed that this year’s final No. 1 team in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings is going to come from outside of the Southern Section.

With the CIFSS D1 final on Friday night at Dodger Stadium coming down to the Panthers (20-7) and Corona (19-14), the next teams in line for the state’s highest ranking are both from the San Diego Section.

But that’s a complicated situation as well.

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 24, 2012
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It could be a record number of changes in Division I as seven new teams have forced their way into the Cal-Hi Sports rankings with playoff wins. There is a new No. 1 in Division II as well with Campolindo taking over for upset-bitten Harvard-Westlake.

On Tuesday, Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood joined the club of top-ranked teams done for the season when the Wolverines (who have been as high as No. 2 in the nation this season) were sent packing in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs by Valencia of Placentia.

On Wednesday, another team that has been in the top 10 in the nation, St. Francis of Mountain View, was knocked out of the CIF Central Coast Section Division I playoffs by San Benito of Hollister.

Last Friday, the upset bug began biting when it struck Clovis West of Fresno. Defending CIFSS Division I champ J.W. North of Riverside also has been knocked out of the playoffs as well.

Here are the third divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Wednesday, May 23 which is why they don't match the top 20 state rankings from earlier in the week):

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 17, 2012
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Biggest changes in the second week of these compilations are in Division II where three new teams, led by Los Altos of the CIF Central Coast Section, get to go in as newcomers. Click here for this week’s top 20 overall baseball rankings.

Section playoffs are yet to start in San Diego and the North Coast, but they are about to end in the Northern Section.

No. 1 teams this week in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional baseball rankings are Lutheran of Orange (D1), Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood (D2), El Capitan of Lakeside (D3), Escalon (D4) and Desert Christian of Lancaster (D5).

Here are the second divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (contributions by Paul Muyskens; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Tuesday, May 7):

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Cal-Hi Sports Boys State Stat Stars

April, 6, 2012
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Among the best on this week’s baseball honor roll is one of the state’s top Class of 2013 football recruits plus Erik Barron of San Jose Mt. Pleasant (threw second straight no-hitter) and Luke Eubank of Newbury Park (threw second no-hitter).

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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 31; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 4; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)

Erik Barron (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose)
Throwing a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts doesn’t get you into the state record book, but Barron did it after he had a no-hitter in his previous start and that certainly does the trick. Barron’s first no-hitter came in a 5-0 win two weeks ago against Evergreen Valley of San Jose. The second came in a 4-0 win last week over Oak Grove. The Cardinals also beat Oak Grove 24-0 in a recent game. Barron didn’t pitch in that game, but he hit and went 3-for-4 with six RBIs.

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