All-Empire Small School Baseball and Player of the Year

Kelseyville's Mike Davis, the All-Empire small school baseball player of the year

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MIKE DAVIS, Kelseyville, senior

When Cloverdale High baseball coach Keith Warner was asked to name the best small school baseball player in the Empire this past season, he responded quicker than you can say “most valuable player.”

“Mike Davis of Kelseyville,” Warner said. “He pitched his team to a league title and when he wasn’t pitching, he played a great shortstop. On top of that, he hit over .500.”

Warner’s comments echo those of Kelseyville coach Lou Poloni, and a check of Davis’ stats reaffirms just how valuable he was to the North Central League I North champs.

On the mound, the senior struck out 45 in 44 innings and finished the season with a 2.04 ERA. He hit .538 overall and over .600 in league play.

“When the team hit a rough spot, Davis was always the guy that got us to bounce back,” Poloni said. “He was our team captain and he took that job seriously. He was always the first guy on the field for practice and his work ethic rubbed off on his teammates.”

Kelseyville won league with a 7-1 mark and finished 17-8. For the first time in school history, the Knights advanced to the semifinals of the North Coast Section Div. III playoffs.

Davis, who is 5-foot-11 and weighs 165 pounds, played varsity baseball, basketball and football all four years he attended Kelseyville. He will play baseball for Butte Junior College (Oroville) in 2012.

“I’ll always remember this past baseball season,” Davis said. “Most of us had been playing together since Little League, and this season it all clicked. We were getting crowds of 400 or more watching us late in the season and in the playoffs.

“I’ll never forget how exciting that was.”

— Howard Senzell, for The Press Democrat

FIRST TEAM

Ricky Becerra, Tomales, senior
Brian Begerow, St. Helena, junior
Bryan Holt, Middletown, senior
Ky Laiwa, Point Arena, senior
Jeff Matthews, St. Vincent, senior
Mike Meiswinkel, St. Vincent, senior
K.C. Pedersen, St. Vincent, senior
Mike Reynolds, Cloverdale, junior
Cody Ryden, Fort Bragg, senior
Dustin Thaxton, Kelseyville, junior

SECOND TEAM

Connor Chick, Middletown, senior
Sam Giampaoli, Cloverdale, senior
Al Huerta, Fort Bragg, senior
Max Huff, Kelseyville, junior
Justin Kehoe, Tomales, junior
Kevin Llamas, Fort Bragg, senior
Josh Mehta, St. Vincent, senior
Alex Quirici, St. Helena, junior
T.J. Robert, Rincon Valley Christian, junior
Tanner Mansell, Clear Lake, senior

HONORABLE MENTION

Tyler Beets, Clear Lake, senior
Danny Brink, St. Helena, sophomore
Kyle Brown, Middletown, junior
Dustin Dashiell, Potter Valley, senior
Brandon Freitas, Fort Bragg, senior
Oswaldo Fuentes, Point Arena, junior
Beau Gastineau, Cloverdale, senior
Garrett Mezzanatto, Anderson Valley, junior
Branden Mooney, St. Vincent, senior
Will Stornetta, Point Arena, senior

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jerry Moyles, Point Arena