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RedHawks headline All-League baseball picks

Colusa’s Ethan Lay was selected as the Sacramento Valley League’s MVP.

In the first full baseball season since the COVID pandemic began, the Colusa RedHawks, the only undefeated team in the region, not surprisingly led the way in All-League selections with six, while Maxwell, Pierce and Williams garnered two apiece.

Colusa: It was a record setting season for the Northern Section Division IV champion RedHawks, who went 14-0 in the Sacramento Valley League and 31-0 overall, with much of that success attributed to pitching.

Leading Colusa in that capacity was its ace, senior Ethan Lay, the SVL’s Most Valuable Player.

In 79.2 innings of work, Lay held opponents scoreless, recorded 141 strikeouts, which equates to a .495 K-rate, and issued just 12 walks.

In addition to his dominance on the mound, Lay maintained a .361 batting average and 1.083 OPS.

Joining Lay on the All-SVL team was sophomore Luke Kalfsbeek, who this season settled into the No. 2 spot in the rotation and the No. 3 batter in the lineup.

Kalfsbeek logged 60 innings on the mound where he struck out 91 and posted a 0.46 ERA.

At the plate Kalfsbeek’s .416 average was tops on the team as was his .829 slugging and 1.154 OPS.

Also earning All-League recognition for Colusa was a quartet of senior position players including Emanuel Frias, Nick Price, Justin Lee and Clay Randolph.

Frias, the RedHawks’ primary catcher, hit .361 and drove in 32 runs then for good measure tossed 19 innings of five hit ball in which he struck out 31.

At the top of the order, Price hit .368, scored 40 runs and swiped 34 bags.

Hitting in the second spot in the lineup, Lee sported a .906 OPS, drawing 32 walks and scoring 40 runs while batting .305.
Randolph, who played both infield and outfield for Colusa, finished with a .286 average and .681 OPS.

Maxwell: After finishing as the third place team in the Mountain Valley League with a record of 3-5, the Panthers, 14-8 overall, made their way to a NSCIF title game for the first time since 2015, and claimed the Division VII championship by thumping Dunsmuir 28-3.

As such, Maxwell picked up two All-League selections in Shane Danley and Trey Grishaber, while Ignacio Velasquez and Massey Baker received honorable mention recognition.

Danley, a senior, hit the cover off the ball, boasting a .603 batting average in addition to leading the team with 30 RBI and 17 extra base hits.

In his one and only season for the Panthers, Grishaber was a welcome addition playing a solid first base and contributing at the plate as well with a .344 average, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Velasquez, another of the Panthers’ seniors, led the team in runs scored with 24 and hit .321, while Baker, a freshman, finished 5-1 in 42 innings pitched recording 36 punch outs and posting a 2.00 ERA.

Pierce: It was a rollercoaster season for the Bears (9-15, 6-8), who after finishing sixth in the SVL gave Willows all it could handle in the first round of the playoffs before seeing their season come to an end in a first round playoff match up.

Senior Ryan Travis, the team’s top hitter earned All-League honors after hitting at a .340 clip with a 0.839 OPS and 16 extra base hits in stats from just 15 games.

Pierce’s second selection went to fellow senior Bryce Murphy, who made the transition from the middle infield to catcher and in statistics limited to 16 games, hit .214 with a .594 OPS.

Williams: Despite finishing fifth in the Mid-Valley League, the Yellowjackets made strides this season, most importantly earning the teams’ first win since 2016.

Accordingly the ’Jackets had senior Juan Bermudez and junior Cristian Villa recognized for their efforts.

In statistics from only eight of their 18 contests, Bermudez held a .308 average and a team-high .526 OBP, while Villa led Williams with a .385 batting average and .692 slugging percentage. ■

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