SRJC baseball team scoops up postseason accolades

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

So good was Santa Rosa Junior College’s baseball team nearly the entire starting lineup earned postseason honors.

Pitcher Jason Alexander was a Northern California All-American selection in addition to making All-Big 8 Conference first team. The All-Empire right-hander from Cardinal Newman was second in the conference with eight wins and fifth with a 1.69 earned run average.

Also making the All-Big 8 Conference first team were: Pitchers Tyler Sanders, Rancho Cotate, second in the Big 8 with six saves; Brian Bynum, Loomis, second on the team for innings pitched; outfielder Ryan Xepoleas, Loomis, team leader in hits; and infielder Brent Gillespie, Rancho Cotate, fourth in the conference with 33 runs batted in and tied for third with 3 home runs.

Second-team All-Big 8 Conference honors went to: first baseman Anthony Sequeria, Petaluma, team leader for runs batted in and doubles; infielder Nico Filice, Cardinal Newman, second on the team for batting average; and outfielder Siosi Poti, Rancho Cotate, third in the conference with 14 stolen bases.

Earning the Bear Cubs’ distinction in the classroom was Brandon Baranzini. The former All-Empire player from Montgomery was an All-State Academic Team selection.

SRJC head coach Damon Neidlinger shared Big 8 coach of the year honors and was named the top skipper in Northern California.

Santa Rosa was the top-ranked team in Northern California and reached the state final four.

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