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Aug 02

Tracking locals’ summer baseball seasons

Current Santa Barbara City College slugger Dan Howell, shown while at San Luis Obispo High in 2008, hit six home runs for the San Luis Obispo Rattlers this summer, tying for third in the California Collegiate League. — Tribune file photo by David Middlecamp ©

With the summer collegiate baseball season wrapping up this past week, I thought I’d take a quick look back, recapping how recent San Luis Obispo County products fared over the past couple months.

For the San Luis Obispo Blues:

• Max Duval, Inf. (San Luis Obispo; Cuesta) — .175 AVG., 7 RBI, 8 R, 14 H, 3 2B, .256 OBP

• Dylan Morrow, P (Mission Prep; San Jose State) — 6.57 ERA (24 2/3 IP), 0-1, 22 K, 10 BB

• Robbie Nadalsky, P (San Luis Obispo; Cuesta) — 8.31 ERA (13 IP), 0-1, 7 K, 14 BB

For the San Luis Obispo Rattlers:

• Dan Howell, Inf. (San Luis Obispo; Santa Barbara City) — .209 AVG., 28 RBI, 13 R, 23 H, 7 2B, 6 HR, .279 OBP

• David Murillo, P (San Luis Obispo; Cuesta) — 2.77 ERA (13 IP), 1-0, 14 K, 3 BB

• David Schultz, OF (San Luis Obispo; Cuesta) — .242 AVG., 15 RBI, 23 R, 37 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, .278 OBP

• Todd Simko, P (Arroyo Grande; Cuesta) — 3.18 ERA (34 IP), 0-2, 32 K, 14 BB

• Kyle Wise, OF (Paso Robles; Southwest Baptist) — .268 AVG., 6 RBI, 10 R, 19 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, .342 OBP

For the Santa Barbara Foresters (season still in progress):

• Jeff McNeil, Inf. (Nipomo; Long Beach State) — .389 AVG., 5 RBI, 11 R, 21 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, .443 OBP

Howell enjoyed arguably the most productive run of the bunch, as his six homers tied for third in the loaded California Collegiate League. Howell, who originally signed with Hawaii coming out of high school, batted .252 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI this past season at Santa Barbara City. McNeil’s Foresters, ranked No. 2 in the nation by PerfectGame.org, will play at the National Baseball Congress World Series, held in Wichita, Kan. until Aug. 13.

Meanwhile:

• The Central Coast Baseball Academy Wolfpack, a summer team comprised almost entirely of county talent, won the California Wood Bat Invitational championship this past weekend. The Wolfpack went 6-0 at the 26-team tournament in Redondo Beach. The Wolfpack’s roster included Paso Robles High infielder Thomas Bernal, an ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports all-state third-team selection who’ll continue his career at the University of Kentucky.

Others on the squad expected to play at the next level include: Arroyo Grande’s Clark Goossen (hoping to walk on at UC Santa Barbara), Seth Spears (Long Beach City College) and Erin Norton (Allan Hancock College); San Luis Obispo’s Scott Shields (Cal State East Bay), Dylan Candaele (Monterey Peninsula College), David Murillo, Michael Nieporte and Jordan Goldsmith (all at Cuesta College); and Atascadero’s Bryce Cherry, Brent Poulin and Andrew Stahlman (each at Cuesta).

Cherry recently decommitted from NAIA Point Loma Nazarene. The third baseman said he did so in part because he may be able to eventually transfer into a Division I program, and also because he wanted to stay at home for the time being. As a junior, Cherry led the PAC 7 with a .500 batting average and 38 RBI while also setting a Greyhounds single-season record with 18 doubles. He was named The Tribune’s county player of the year and then an Under Armour preseason All-American entering his senior campaign.

“Cuesta has an excellent baseball program, one of the best in the state, and they always make the playoffs,” Cherry said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to grow as a player.”

• The California Wahoos, a Santa Maria-based program, featured several returning county standouts from Arroyo Grande and Nipomo — most notably Eagles senior-to-be Kyle Raubinger — although their complete statistics weren’t readily available online.

Elsewhere of late:

• The San Luis Obispo-based Central Coast Wildcats AAU basketball program won four tournament championships and took home a pair of runner-up finishes over the course of this past spring and summer.

The Wildcats — who feature sophomores-to-be Kwabena Farkye, Jacob Hock (both of San Luis Obispo) and Travis Robison (Atascadero), as well as seniors-to-be Anthony Maez and Frank Concepcion (also both of San Luis Obispo) — reached the 16-and-under semifinals of the Desert Invitational Tournament in Phoenix this past week. Prior to that, the program won a 17-and-under silver-division championship at the Star Vision Sports Center Stage tournament in Las Vegas from July 22-26.

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3 comments

  1. Impressed

    Great job on this. It’s good to see these guys still playing strong.

  2. fan

    Nice article on Kyle Raubinger in LA times on line…..By the way he is a stud! D-1 player or high draftee….

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