All-Area First Team Baseball

OF – Luke Asperger, Senior, Pasadena Poly

An All-CIF Division V and Prep League first-team selection, Asberger was crucial in the Panthers sharing a piece of the Prep League title and advancing to the CIF quarterfinals. Put up big numbers at the plate to the tune of a .443 batting average with nine home runs, 35 runs scored and 25 driven in.

P – Jeff Bain, Junior, San Marino

Was masterful in tossing shutout for Titans’ CIF wild-card win to wrap up season in which he went 8-1 with a 1.11 ERA, striking out 98 in 76 innings. Rio Hondo League first-teamer also hit .333 with 12 RBI.

P – Brian Gadsby, Soph., Crescenta Valley

A stalwart on the mound for the Falcons, the side-arm hurler was a first-team All-Pacific League pick after going 7-6 with a 1.96 ERA. Tallied six complete games with two shutouts, striking out 68 in 75 innings and walking just 18, while collecting big wins against the likes of Arcadia and Burbank.

IF – Clayton Herrmann, Senior, La Cañada

Rio Hondo League MVP and All-CIF Division IV first-team selection put himself on the map as a shutdown closer and dominant hitter. Struck out 15 in 14 innings, tallying a 2-0 record with six saves and a 0.50 ERA. At the dish, hit .355 (22 for 62) with 14 RBI, 14 runs and six stolen bases.

C – Caleb Lee, Senior, Pasadena Poly

Played catcher and pitched for Panthers en route to nods on the All-Prep League and All-CIF Southern Section Division V first teams. Struck out 58, went 8-2 and tallied a 1.58 ERA through 62 innings of work on the mound, while hitting .444 with 24 RBI and 21 runs scored offensively.

UTL – Brenden McKiernan, Junior, Flintridge Prep

Had a breakout season, earning first-team All-Prep League and second-team All-CIF honors with exploits on the mound and at the plate. Went 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA, while batting .370 with 11 runs.

IF – Jeffrey Oki, Junior, Maranatha

First baseman and pitcher was a big reason the Minutemen rallied for an Olympic League crown. An All-CIF and all-league honoree, he hit .400 with 24 RBI, 16 runs, 15 extra-base hits and 13 stolen bases. On the mound, he had four saves, a 3-1 record, a 1.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.

IF – Brian Pozos, Senior, Burroughs

All-CIF shortstop turned in a terrific year for the Indians, earning a first-team All-Pacific League nod in the process. Hit .425 with nine of his 37 hits going for extra bases, while driving 24 runs, scoring 25 and stealing 16 bases.

OF – Daniel Rasmussen, Senior, Maranatha

Fleet-footed first-team All-CIF Division V and All-Olympic League selection had an eye-popping 33 stolen bases for the Minutemen along with a .450 average on 36 hits, leading to 21 runs and 10 RBI. Also pitched well, finishing with a 3-1 record and 1.74 ERA through 40 1/3 innings of work.

OF – Anders Schraer, Senior, St. Francis

Second-team All-Mission League pick stood out despite a rough season for Golden Knights. Led team with a .397 average (27 for 68), 17 RBI, 19 runs and 12 stolen bases against elite competition.

IF – Karlsen Termini, Senior, Flintridge Prep

Longtime standout for Rebels helped team to historical season, earning All-Prep League and All-CIF Division VI first-team accolades in the process. Clutch hitter batted .368 with team-high 17 RBI and a .605 slugging percentage. Was also 3-0 on the mound with a 2.30 ERA.

UTL – Angel Villagran, Senior, Burbank

Bulldogs ace was a pivotal presence in propelling Burbank to a share of a league crown, posting a 7-5 record with a 1.86 ERA. Was a first-team All-Pacific League pick.

Coach of the Year

Guillermo Gonzalez, Flintridge Prep

In the first season of his first head-coaching job, Gonzalez navigated the Rebels on a historic run. Culminating with an 18-9 record, the Rebels went 9-3 to earn a share of a three-way tie for the Prep League title, their first crown since 1997. Thereafter, Flintridge Prep, which hadn’t even qualified to the playoffs the prior season, picked up its first playoff victory since 1999 to ignite a semifinal run. In the end, the Rebels’ advancement to the semifinals was their first final-four run since 1960.

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