2014 News Archive
 

Santa Clara Homestead Wins Section 5 Intermediate Division Championship

posted Jul 2, 2014, 8:59 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 9:45 AM ]

Congratulations to Santa Clara Homestead on winning the 2014 Little League Intermediate 50-70 California Section 5 Championship on Wednesday, July 2 at Pomeroy Field in Santa Clara. 

The team will now travel to Chowchilla, represent District 44 in the Northern California Division 2 Tournament where they will face host Chowchilla at 8:00pm on Saturday, July 5.. 

Eight teams will particiapte in the Northern California Division 2 tournament: Chico Central (D-47), Chowchilla (District 10), El Dorado Hills (D-54), Mariposa County (D-73), Mark West (D-35), San Ramon Valley/Tassajara Valley (D-57), Santa Clara Homestead (D-44) and Wasco (D-10). 

For Little League tournament purposes, California is divided into two states, Northern California (Division 2) and Southern California (Division 1).

Homestead has several ties to Tino, being coached by one of our dads, Dean Rodriguez, and featuring Joel and Jacob Banholzer’s younger brother Jordan, and Dean Rodriguez’s younger brother Tony.

2014 Little League Intermediate 50-70 California Section 5 Champs
2014 Little League Intermediate 50-70 California Section 5 Champs

2014 Graduates

posted Jun 5, 2014, 7:29 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:45 AM ]

Congratulations and best wishes the Class of 2014 on the day of their graduation!  Cupertino Baseball's two 2014 graduates: Jacob Alexander and Michael Hyun.
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Michael Hyun and Jacob Alexander Class of 2014
                    Michael Hyun and Jacob Alexander Class of 2014

2014 Adds Five to Twenty Hits Club

posted Jun 1, 2014, 6:56 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:44 AM ]

Five members of the 2014 varsity team qualified for the Cupertino High School Baseball Twenty Hits Club

Senior Jacob Alexander, Juniors Daniel Kono and Morgan Saenz, and Sophomores Anthony Pozzetti and Josh Longabaugh all had 20 or more hits during the season. 

Longabaugh, with 32 hits, matches Stan Sumibcay's 2013 total.  Anthony Pozzetti had 2014's second highest total with 28, followed by Jacob Alexander and Morgan Saenz at 22, and Daniel Kono at 20. Saenz appeared on the list for the second time.


Josh Longabaugh    Anthony Pozzetti    Jacob Alexander    
    Josh Longabaugh        Anthony Pozzetti        Jacob Alexander

Morgan Saenz    Daniel Kono
    Morgan Saenz           Daniel Kono

League Realignment for 2015

posted Jun 1, 2014, 2:08 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:43 AM ]

For the 2015 baseball season, Milpitas will be promoted to the De Anza, while Gunn will be relegated to the El Camino. Thus for next season Cupertino’s league opponents will be Fremont, Gunn, Lynbrook, Monta Vista and Santa Clara.

3 Wins Short In 2014

posted Jun 1, 2014, 1:57 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:43 AM ]

The Cupertino High School Pioneers varsity baseball team finished the 2014 season at 12-14, 8-7, coming up 3 games short of both a league title and an at-large playoff berth.  

In league, the team finished 3 game behind 11-4 co-champions Fremont and Milpitas. If the league records of Fremont and Milpitas had remained the same and, and if Cupertino had managed 3 more wins to also finish at 11-4, all 3 teams would have shared the league title, with Milpitas and Cupertino winning the tiebreakers and taking the two automatic CCS berths.  

In the at-large seeding, the Pioneers finished with an 11-11 record and 41 points in their final 22 games, but needed 47 – in other words a 14-8 final 22 record -- to make the cut.

Anthony Pozzetti 2014 Male Athlete of the Year

posted May 29, 2014, 11:36 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:42 AM ]

Varsity team member Anthony Pozzetti picked up the 2014 Cupertino High School Male Athlete of the Year honor at Wednesday night’s Spring Sports Awards presentation. Pozzetti, a sophomore, won the starting quarterback job on the varsity football team in the fall, creating a lot of excitement with his play at that position, and followed-up by winning a starting job on the varsity baseball team where he finished the year with 28 hits and a .378 average

Anthony Pozzetti
        Anthony Pozzetti

2014 Team Awards

posted May 28, 2014, 8:57 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:42 AM ]

A trio from the Class of 2016 swept all four 2014 Cupertino High School Pioneers Baseball Team Awards.

Varsity 

Sophomore Josh Longabaugh was selected both 2014 Varsity MVP and 2014 Offensive Player of the Year. Longabaugh had a team high 32 hits and .381 average in a season highlighted by a pair of walk off hits and a 15 game hitting streak.

Sophomore Ben Champion was selected 2014 Varsity Pitcher of the Year. Champion recorded 4 wins on his way to a 4-1 record, and had at least that many no-decisions in which he pitched well enough to have deserved wins.

MVP & Offensive Player of the Year

Josh Longabaugh 2014 Varsity MVP
   Josh Longabaugh

Pitcher of the Year

Ben Champion 2014 Varsity Pitcher of the Year
    Ben Champion

Frosh/Soph 

Sophomore Dean Rodriguez was selected 2014 Frosh/Soph MVP.

MVP

Dean Rodriguez 2014 Frosh/Soph MVP
    Dean Rodriguez 



2014 All-El Camino Honors

posted May 20, 2014, 11:31 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:41 AM ]

Eleven Cupertino High School baseball players, five from the Varsity team and six from the Frosh/Soph team, were named to 2014 SCVAL El Camino All-League teams or recived honorable mentions.

Varsity

Five members of the 2014 Cupertino High School Pioneers Varsity Baseball Team received SCVAL El Camino All-League honors: Senior Jacob Alexander was named to the First Team, Sophomores Anthony Pozzetti and Josh Longabaugh, and Junior Morgan Saenz were named to the Second Team, and Sophomore Ben Champion received an Honorable Mention.

First Team All-League 

Jacob Alexander 2014 All-League First Team
   Jacob Alexander

Second Team All-League

Anthony Pozzetti 2014 All-League Second Team    Josh Longabaugh2014 All-League Second Team    Morgan Saenz 2014 All-League Second Team
    Anthony Pozzetti        Josh Longabaugh        Morgan Saenz

Honorable Mention

Ben Champion 2014 All-League Honorable Mention
    Ben Champion

Frosh/Soph

Six members of the 2014 Cupertino High School Pioneers Frosh/Soph Baseball Team received SCVAL El Camino All-League honors: Sophomores Dean Rodriguez and Joel Banholzer were named to the First Team, Freshman Connor Shiomoto and Sophomore Michael Yamaguchi were named to the Second Team, and Freshmen Liam Ramirez and Tim Dinh received Honorable Mentions.

First Team All-League

Dean Rodriguez    Joel Banholzer
    Dean Rodriguez         Joel Banholzer

Second Team All-League

Connor Shiomoto    Michael Yamaguchi
   Connor Shiomoto              Michael Yamaguchi

Honorable Mention 

Liam Ramirez    Tim Dinh
     Liam Ramirez            Tim Dinh

Two Honored at 2014 Senior Day

posted May 17, 2014, 9:47 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:41 AM ]

Seniors Jacob Alexander and Michael Hyun and their families were honored at Cupertino High School Baseball's 2014 Senior Day prior to Thursday's season finale with Fremont. The two players were frequent battery mates during their four years in the program. Boith began their baseball careers with Santa Clara Homestead Little League.

Michael Hyun and Jacob Alexander    Michael Hyun and Jacob Alexander and their famalies
       Michael Hyun and Jacob Alexander                 Michael and Jacob and their families

Pioneers 5 Firebirds 2

posted May 17, 2014, 9:04 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

The Varsity took one from newly crowned El Camino champ and playoff-bound Fremont 5-2 on Thursday at Cupertino. Ben Champion went 6 1/3 for the Pioneers for his fourth win against one defeat. The team finishes the season at 12-14, 8-7.

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Fremont    0  0  1  0  0  0  1   2  4  0
Cupertino  4  0  0  0  0  1  -   5  9  2

     

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