2015 News Archive
 

2015 Frosh-Soph League and Coaches Awards

posted Jun 3, 2015, 11:42 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:12 AM ]

ALL-SCVAL EL CAMINO DIVISION 

Seven members of the 2015 Frosh-Soph team received league recognition:  Sophomore Connor Shiomoto was selected Co-MVP, Sophomores Zach Crawford and David Kau were selected to the First Team, Freshmen George Ellegood and Ander Hersch and Sophomore Matt Kelly were select to the Second Team, and Sophomore Tim Dinh received an Honorable Mention.

Co-MVP

Connor Shiomoto Co-MVP

First Team 

Zach Crawford First Team  David Kau First Team

Second Team 

George Ellegood Second Team  Ander Hirsch Second Team  Matt Kelly Second Team

Honorable Mention

Tim Dinh Honorable Mention

COACHES AWARDS

Two members of the 2015 Frosh-Soph team received special recognition from their coaches: Sophomore David Kau received the Leadership award and Connor Shiomoto the MVP award.

Leadership

David Kau Coaches Leadership Award

MVP

Connor Shiomoto Coaches MVP Award

CHS AWARDS

Two members of the 2015 Frosh-Soph team received special recognition from Cupertino High School: Sophomores Tim Dinh and David Kau were recognized for Academic Achievement. while playing sports.

Academic Achievement 

Tim Dinh Academic Achievement   David Kau Academic Achievement

2015 Varsity League and Team Awards

posted Jun 3, 2015, 9:33 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:11 AM ]

ALL-SCVAL EL CAMINO DIVISION 

Nine members of the 2015 Varsity team received league recognition:  Junior Ben Champion was named league MVP, seniors Kyle Avvakumovits, Daniel Kono, Morgan Saenz and Alan Vigent were named to the first team, junior Anthony Pozzetti and freshman Ben Townsend were named to the second team, and junior Josh Longabaugh and senior Riley Waite received Honorable Mentions.

MVP

Ben Champion MVP

First Team

Kyle Avvakumovits First Team  Daniel Kono First Team  Morgan Szenz First Team  Alan Vigent First Team

Second Team 

Anthony Pozzetti Second Team  Ben Townsend Second Team

Honorable Mention

Josh Longabaugh Honorable Mention  Riley Waite Honorable Mention

TEAM AWARDS

Six players were honored with recognition from their teammates in 2015: senior Daniel Kono was named Best Offensive Player, junior Josh Longabaugh and seniors Alan Vigent and Riley Waite shared Best Defensive Player honors, junior Ben Champion was named Best Pitcher, and senior Riley Waite was named Most Inspirational.

Best Offensive Player

Daniel Kono Best Offensive Player

Best Defensive Player (Tie)

Josh Longabaugh Best Defensive Player  Alan Vigent Best Defensive Player  Riley Waite Best Defensive Player

Best Pitcher

Ben Champion Best Pitcher

Most Inspirational

Riley Waite Most Inspirational
 
CHS AWARDS

Four members of the 2015 Varsity team received special recognition from Cupertino High School: Senior Alan Vigent, and juniors Joel Banholzer, Niko Banks and Ben Champion were recognized for Academic Achievement. while playing sports.

Academic Achievement 

Joel Banholzer  Niko Banks  Ben Champion  Alan Vigent

Independence Bookends Cupertino Season With 2-1 Win

posted Jun 2, 2015, 4:53 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:11 AM ]

On Wednesday, May 20, the second seeded Cupertino Pioneers fell 2-1 to the fifteenth seeded Independence 76ers in a CCS Division I Baseball Playoffs first round game at Cupertino.  

The game was a pitchers duel between Independence senior Jason Lin and Cupertino senior Kyle Avvakumovits.  Lin went the distance allowing the Pioneers 1 run on 3 hits, while Avvakumovits went five, allowing Indy 2 runs and also only 3 hits.  

The Pioneers’ only run of the afternoon came when Morgan Saenz singled home Daniel Kono in the bottom of the sixth.

The game was Cupertino’s first postseason appearance since 1999.

In an meeting earlier in the season between the two teams in Ted Tamone Memorial Tournament, Cupertino won 8-4.

The Pioneers finish the season with a 19-9 record and a first place finish in the El Camino Division, their first league title since 1997. Independence improved their record to 21-7.

The game marked the final appearance in a Cupertino uniform for seniors Kyle Avvakumovits, Daniel Kono, Morgan Saenz, Jason "Rocket" Silveira, Alan Vigent and Riley Waite.

Cupertino: Daniel Kono 1B. Alan Vigent 1B, Morgan Saenz 1B, RBI.

Winning Pitcher: Jason Lin  (12-1), Losing Pitcher Kyle Avvakumovits (5-3)

               1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Independence   1  0  0  0  1  0  0   2  5  1
Cupertino      0  0  0  0  0  1  0   1  3  1

Senior Kyle Avvakumovits started for Cupertino
Kyle Avvakumovits started for Cupertino


Cupertino to Face Independence in First Round

posted May 16, 2015, 6:43 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:11 AM ]

The #2 seed Cupertino Pioneers will face the #15 seed Independence 76ers in a first round CCS Baseball Playoff matchup on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm at Cupertino!  

The Pioneers, from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's El Camino Division, compiled a 19-8, 13-2 season record. The 76ers, from the Blossom Valley Athletic League's West Valley Division compiled a season record of 20-7, 19-2.

The two teams met earlier in the year at the Ted Tamone Memorial Tournament in Santa Clara, with Cupertino prevailing 8-4.

The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of the Salinas and Pioneer game, on Saturday, May 23.

Cupertino vs Independence

Champion's 7th Gives Pioneers El Camino Crown

posted May 16, 2015, 10:41 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:10 AM ]

Ben Champion went the distance in the season finale against Gunn on Friday afternoon at Cupertino, earning his seventh victory of the year, and giving the Pioneers a first place finish atop the El Camino Division, their first league title since 1997.

Cupertino finishes the regular season at 19-8, 13-2.

Kyle Avvakumovits 1B (2), Morgan Saenz 1B, Josh Longabaugh 1B, Ben Champion 1B, Daniel Kono 1B
WP: Ben Champion, CG

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

Pioneer Players Celebrate Win and League Title
Pioneer Players Celebrate Win and League Title

Saenz Strong Against Vikings

posted May 14, 2015, 6:52 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:09 AM ]

Senior Morgan Saenz delivered six strong innings, striking out seven and allowing only two hit as the Cupertino Pioneers defeated the Lynbrook Vikings 2-0 in an El Camino Division game Wednesday afternoon at Cupertino..

The Pioneers scoring came in the bottom of the third,  which began with a pair of walks which quickly turned into two runs on a double by the inning's third hitter, freshman Ben Townsend.

Having made an impact as an offensive presence over the last three seasons, Morgan Saenz made himself a presence on the mound Wednesday, delivering six shutout innings, striking out seven, allowing only two hits, and giving up just one walk.

With the win Cupertino improves to 18-8, 12-2, maintaining it's one game lead over Gunn, and guaranteeing at least a co-championship in the El Camino Division.  

Ben Townsend 2B, Ben Champion 1B, Alan Vigent 1B
WP: Morgan Saenz, SV: Ben Townsend

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Lynbrook   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  2  0
Cupertino  0  0  2  0  0  0  -   2  3  0

Morgan Saenz
Morgan Saenz allowed just 2 hits in 6 innings

Cupertino Survives Late Fremont Rally to Win 2-0

posted May 12, 2015, 2:21 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:09 AM ]

Cupertino survived a Fremont rally which saw the Firebirds load the  bases in the bottom of the seventh with no outs, to wind win 2-0 at Fremont on Friday afternoon.

The win guarantees Cupertino a top-two finish and automatic berth to CCS. Finishing position in league remains to be decided as they head into the final week of the season in first place, with a one game lead over Gunn.  Cupertino improves to 17-8, 11-2.

Kyle Avvakumovits started and picked up the win for Cupertino, and Josh Lonagbaugh collected the save.

Morgan Saenz 2B, Kyle Avvakumovits 1B, Ben Townsend 1B, Daniel Kono 1B.
WP: Kyle Avvakumovits  SV: Josh Longabaugh

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

Morgan Saenze doubled in the seventh
Morgan Saenz doubled in the seventh

Pioneers Prevail 2-1 at Monta Vista

posted May 7, 2015, 8:25 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:09 AM ]

The Cupertino Pioneers defeated the Monta Vista Matadors 2-1 in an El Camino Division game Wednesday afternoon at Monta Vista. 

The game started off promising for Cupertino as centerfielder Kyle Avvakumovits doubled to lead off. He eventually scored to give the Pioneers the lead, but Monta Vista starter Sheldon McClelland turned out to be quite stingy, and Cupertino was not see another hit until the top of the eighth. 

Monta Vista recorded their first hit of the day in the second, but failed to score. With two out in the third, a single, hit batter and another single led to their tying the game on a disputed call in which Cupertino had apparently recorded the third out before the run scored, but that was not to be and the score at the end of three was 1-1.  Thiat was the last time Monta Vista would see a hit.

In the top of the eighth, Cupertino starter Ben Champion led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Avvakumovits, then to third on a passed ball. The squeeze was on, and Champion crossed the plate on Ben Townsend’s sacrifice bunt.  Daniel Kono came to the plate and singled, giving Cupertino only its second hit of the afternoon.

Ben Champion (6-2) went the distance and picked up the win for Cupertino, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Sheldon McClelland (8-2) went the distance for Monta Vista, giving up 2 runs and 2 hits.

With the win, Cupertino improves to 16-8, 10-2, and takes the 2015 series 2 games to 1.

Kyle Avvakumovits 2B, Daniel Kono 1B. WP: Ben Champion.

             1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  R  H  E
Cupertino    1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  2  0
Monta Vista  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  3  0

Kyle Avvakumovits lead off double
Kyle Avvakumovits lead off double

Ben Townsend Bunts and Ben Champion Comes Home on the Squeeze

Pioneers Win 7-2 Over Santa Clara

posted May 1, 2015, 12:22 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:08 AM ]

Cupertino completed its sweep of the 2015 series with Santa Clara, as the Pioneers defeated the Bruins 7-2 Thursday afternoon in SCVAL El Camino Division action at Cupertino.

Cupertino scored first in the bottom of the second as Anthony Pozzetti doubled in a run, and then again two batters later when Ben Champion singled in a pair with two out.  Santa Clara answered back with two in the top of the third, and then it remained a one-run game at 3-2 through five-and-a-half, In the bottom of the sixth, Cupertino scored four to give itself some breathing room.  Morgan Saenz, Josh Longabaugh and Ben Champion all had singles in that inning.

Kyle Avvakumovits started and picked up the win for Cupertino, going five-and-a-third. Josh Longabaugh came on in relief and earned the save.

Ben Champion 1B (2), Anthony Pozzetti 2B, Josh Longabaugh 1B, Morgan Saenz 1B.  WP: Kyle Avvakumovits, SV: Josh Longabaugh.

             1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Santa Clara  0  0  2  0  0  0  0   2  8  3
Cupertino    0  3  0  0  0  4  -   7  5  1

Winning Pitcher Kyle Avvakumovits
Kyle Avvakumovits picked up the win

Cupertino Over Santa Clara 5-0

posted Apr 29, 2015, 1:48 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:08 AM ]

The Cupertino Pioneers defeated the Santa Clara Bruins 5-0 in an El Camino Division game Tuesday night at Washington Park.  
 
The game was a pitchers duel between the starters, with Cupertino’s Ben Champion giving up no runs and just two hits while striking out twelve in seven, and Santa Clara lefthander Jaren Washington giving up just one earned run on four hits, while striking out seven in six.

Anthony Pozzetti 1B (2), Kyle Avvakumvits 1B, Riley Waite 1B. WP Ben Champion

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Cupertino    0  1  0  1  0  0  3   5  4  1
Santa Clara  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  2  2

Ben Champiom
Ben Champion


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