All-Empire large school baseball

Cardinal Newman pitcher Jason Alexander

LARGE SCHOOL BASEBALL

Player of the Year
JASON ALEXANDER, pitcher, Cardinal Newman, senior

As a senior, Cardinal Newman’s Jason Alexander became more of a complete pitcher. As a result, the right-hander also became the Empire’s Large School Baseball Player of the Year.
Alexander, an unquestioned ace as a junior, evolved into nearly unhittable this past season as he finished 10-3 with an 0.66 ERA and allowed 38 hits in 84« innings. Opponents hit .131 against Alexander, who also ranked second on the team with a .358 battign average and added 11 RBIs to lead Newman to a 23-6 record.
Cardinals coach T.J. McMahon said Alexander discovered that less — on his fastball — led to more success on the mound. Alexander, who had 24 walks and 82 strikeouts, went 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 2010.
“It was really a matter of buying into the approach of a pitcher,” McMahon said. “Jason really learned to pitch to contact and trust his defense rather than trying to strike everyone out.”
It didn’t take long to discover Alexander would be better than ever this season. He began his senior year by tossing 32 straight shutout innings. Safe to say, it was a harbinger of things to come as plenty of opponents were left completely fooled by a complete pitcher.
“He had a great command,” McMahon said. “A real key for him was being able to throw his off-speed pitches in different counts.”
— Howard Senzell, The Press Democrat

FIRST TEAM
R.J. Busse, P/SS, Casa Grande, junior
Francis Christy, C, Casa Grande, sophomore
Daniel Comstock, 3B, Petaluma, junior
Nolan Formway, OF, Cardinal Newman, junior
Ryan Haug, C, Rancho Cotate, sophomore
J.J. Jamerson, P/1B, Cardinal Newman, senior
Andrew Martini, P, Rancho Cotate, senior
Stephen McElroy, P/OF, Petaluma, senior
Rob Rossi, P, Casa Grande, senior

SECOND TEAM
Sam Alton, P, Sonoma, senior
Steven de la O, OF, Rancho Cotate, senior
Brent Gillespie, SS, Rancho Cotate, senior
Brandon Hagerla, OF, Petaluma, junior
Max Opperman, OF, Healdsburg, junior
Bryan Neuerburg, C/DH, Cardinal Newman, junior
Anthony Sequeira, P, Petaluma, senior
Mario Smaldino, OF, Maria Carrillo, junior
Chase Stafford, 2B, Casa Grande, junior

HONORABLE MENTION
Gabe Cramer, P, Santa Rosa, junior
Matt Dethlefson, P, Montgomery, senior
Dane Erbst, OF, Casa Grande, senior
Michael Francis, P, Maria Carrillo, senior
Cameron Hall, 3B, Montgomery, senior
Michael Hernandez, P, Sonoma, senior
Matt LoCoco, SS/P, Piner, senior
Antonio Lopez, 1B, Ukiah, senior
Dylan Parks, SS, Petaluma, junior