For the Crescenta Valley High and St. Monica Academy baseball teams to win league championships, they again needed huge seasons from their key players.
Trevor Beer and Kewin Ledesma made that happen for the Falcons and Jack Golbranson did the same for the Crusaders.
After each enjoyed impressive seasons , the trio was bestowed with All-
Beer and Ledesma formed a powerful battery to propel Crescenta Valley to its second straight Pacific League title. Crescenta Valley finished 25-3, 13-1 in league and advanced to the Division II playoffs.
Beer, a left-hander, went 9-1 with a 0.76 earned-run average. The junior struck out 101 and walked 16 in 73 innings. He added two saves en route to being tabbed the league's pitcher of the year.
Beer, who also played first base, batted .319 with 12 runs batted in and 13 runs.
"We could always count on Trevor to pitch well in the big games," Crescenta Valley coach Phil Torres said. "We had 21 first-place teams in our division and it's great to see him be recognized like that.
"It's going to give him a little more confidence heading in to next season."
Ledesma thrived at catcher after missing most of last season with a broken wrist.
The Glendale Community College-bound Ledesma batted .432 with 27 runs, 11 walks and 14 RBI. In addition , Ledesma had a .519 on-base percentage and was selected the league co-player of the year.
"Kewin came back very strong after going through that tough injury," Torres said. "He's very easy to work with and he's able to work well with the entire pitching staff."
Golbranson, a senior catcher, helped St. Monica capture the Independence League Liberty Conference title and advance to the Division VI postseason.
The University of Pugent Sound-bound Golbranson hit .470 with 16 doubles, three triples, four stolen bases, 24 runs and 27 runs batted in en route to being named the conference most valuable player.
"He's put in a lot of hours over the last four years and you could see it pay off," St. Monica coach Phil Gleason said. "He met or exceeded all of the challenges and expectations.
"You like to have players who are determined and committed to find ways to get better. He's earned everything he's done out there the last four years."
The Crusaders finished 11-4, 6-0 in conference.