High-SchoolCalifornia: Ty Moore

Mr. Baseball 2012: Ty Moore

June, 22, 2012
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California high school baseballAndrew Craft/ESPNHSMater Dei's Ty Moore went 12-1 as a pitcher during 2012 season.
Hitting and pitching performances are the difference as Mater Dei senior gets Cal-Hi Sports’ top player honor. Click here for this year’s additional state players of the year.

For the fourth straight year, a player from Orange County has been selected as the Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year by ESPNHS and Cal-Hi Sports.

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Mr. Baseball Player of the Year Finalists

June, 7, 2012
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California high school sports,Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year finalistsBlair Angulo/ESPNLA/ESPNHSJustin Garza went 25-1 in 2011 and 2012 seasons for Bonita of La Verne (Calif.).
One of these nine standouts will be chosen as the 2012 honoree and would join an exclusive club of Cal-Hi Sports players of the year that dates back more than 100 years.

Here are the nine players who have been selected as finalists to be 2012 ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year:

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Orange Lutheran starts the post-season as the state’s No. 1 team with Mater Dei and Clovis West right behind. Loss by Harvard-Westlake to Loyola drops the Wolverines to No. 4.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

Vista continuing to climb in all of the rankings and is up to No. 5 in the state and No. 16 in the nation.

Campolindo avenging one of its losses and going back up almost to the top 10.

L.A. City powerhouse Chatsworth going in as a top 20 newcomer along with Pacifica of Garden Grove and Long Beach Poly.

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

Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars

May, 11, 2012
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Being a stat star is one thing, but S.F. Washington’s Christopher Hau put together his big game at AT&T Park. Also among this week’s best is pitcher Cody Valdez, who threw an eight-inning no-hitter and lost.

Note: 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, May 5; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 9; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)

T.J. Briggs (Freedom, Oakley)
He pitched six innings of two-hit ball and also drove in four runs in a 7-1 win over Antioch.

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Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars

May, 4, 2012
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Fresno’s Hawkins sets section homer record in same game his coach gets win No. 600. Week’s best also includes another coach winning 800th game plus second no-hitter for Beckman’s Kaprielian and perfect games for Pleasant Grove’s Stilwell, East Union's Swift.

Note: 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, April 28; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 2; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)


Paul Blackburn (Heritage, Brentwood)
With the Cal-Hi Sports caravan there to see his match-up with Cal-Hi Sports No. 9 state-ranked Deer Valley of Antioch and its Cal State Fullerton-bound ace Ricky Delgado, it was Blackburn that did the roasting and toasting. Despite an illustrious career that earned him a spot on the Oakland Athletics Area Code Games roster last summer, he had never pitched a no-hitter in high school. That is until he only needed 72 pitches and faced the minimum 21 batters, in a 6-0 no-no that included eight strikeouts and two double-play grounders that erased his two walks.

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Harvard-Westlake takes over the No. 1 ranking as the end of the regular season draws near.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

J.W. North jumping back up to No. 2 thanks in part to Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran splitting a two-game series.

Clovis West winning two one-run games over 2011 State Team of the Year Buchanan.

Newcomers include De La Salle and Long Beach Poly (yes, this is baseball and not football we’re ranking).

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.
California shows rest of the nation its strength in the sport with 1-2 finish at National High School Baseball Invitational. Mater Dei’s title jumps the team to No. 2 in the state, but not quite all the way to No. 1 because St. Francis of Mountain View started this week still unbeaten.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

Harvard-Westlake back up to No. 3 and Orange Lutheran up to No. 5 after both knock off nationally ranked teams in North Carolina.

Lakewood beats Long Beach Wilson in pitching duel and gets a rankings bump as well.

Newcomers are Esperanza of Anaheim, Rancho Buena Vista and Palo Alto

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

Cal-Hi Sports Preseason Baseball Top 20

February, 22, 2012
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Lucas Giolito, Area Code Baseball, UCLA, Harvard-Westlake, high school baseball, baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSLucas Giolito may be a first round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
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Harvard-Westlake may have one of the best 1-2 pitching duos ever, but against the super-tough competition in Southern California it’s no guarantee for anything. The Wolverines start out the spring No. 2 in the state behind Mater Dei of Santa Ana.

Much of the preseason attention for California baseball this spring has centered on the pitching combination of Lucas Giolito and Max Fried at Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood.

Giolito was one of the top junior hurlers in the nation last season for the Wolverines and became teamed up with Fried when the athletic program at nearby Montclair Prep of Van Nuys, which is where Fried played last season, was discontinued.

Giolito was recently ranked as the No. 1 right-handed pitching prospect by ESPNHS Baseball while Fried was given the same ranking among lefties.

No matter what the two accomplish this spring and where they are picked in the Major League Baseball draft, it still will take many years before they can claim to be the best pair of pitchers any school in California has ever had.

That claim right now would have to go to Fresno High, which had two future 20-game winners in the big leagues leading the way for its famed 1958 team that went 25-1 with its only loss coming to a college freshman team. Those two were Dick Ellsworth (who later won 20 for the Chicago Cubs) and Jim Maloney (who won 20 for the Cincinnati Reds).

There’s more to elite level baseball teams, of course, than pitching. There’s defense, hitting for power, hitting in the clutch, base-running and sound coaching. Even the best and most talented baseball teams in the state we’ve seen in the last 30 years don’t always win in the playoffs. That’s just the nature of the sport itself.

The one team that seems to have the best combination of all of those factors – at least at the start of the season – is Mater Dei of Santa Ana. The Monarchs won the CIF Southern Section Division I title two years ago and should be outstanding this spring.

For the complete preseason top 20 state rankings, click here to go straight to the ESPNHS rankings tool.

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