SRJC baseball team scoops up postseason accolades


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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