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2017 Season Results

posted Aug 21, 2017, 5:05 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:15 PM ]

Aug 21, 2017  

The 2017 Cupertino Pioneers started the season with a 9 game win streak,  compiled an 18-8 overall record, a 10-5 league record and first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division for the second time in three years. Unfortunately, the season ended on a disappointing note with an 8-4 first round loss to Sequoia in the CCS tournament.

As a result of their first place finish in the El Camino, the team will be promoted to the A-League De Anza Division for the 2018 season. 2018 De Anza opponents will include Homestead, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Wilcox, The team was most recently a De Anza member in 2016, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game and compiling a 4-10 league -- 12-16 overall -- record before going 0-2 in the playoffs and being relegated to the El Camino.

Overall 18-8  League 10-5  Home: 11-3   Away: 4-5   Neutral: 3-0


Team W L % W L T %
Cupertino 10 5 .667 18 8 0 .692
Santa Clara 9 6 .600 12 12 2 .500
Lynbrook 8 7 .533 12 14 0 .462
Gunn 7 8 .467 12 13 1 .481
Monta Vista 6 9 .400 11 16 0 .407
Fremont 5 10 .333 8 19 0 .296


Game 1 - Cupertino 5 Live Oak 3 - 1-0, 0-0 - W1

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

Game 2 - Cupertino 9 Wilcox 8 - 2-0, 0-0 - W2

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8  9   R  H  E
Cupertino  0  0 0  0  0  2  2 0  5   9  8  6
Wilcox     0  0  0  0  2  2  0  0  4   8  6  6

Game 3 - Cupertino 5 Prospect 1 - 3-0, 0-0 - W3

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

Game 4 - Cupertino 17 Oak Grove 4 - 4-0, 0-0 - W4

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Oak Grove  1  0  0  0  0  0  3   4  9  8
Cupertino  8  1  4  0  4  0  -  17 14  -

Game 5 - Cupertino 11 Oak Grove 0 - 5-0, 0-0 - W5

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Oak Grove  -  -  -  -  -  -  -   0  -  -
Cupertino  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  11  -  -

Game 6 - Cupertino 9 Overfelt 0 - 6-0, 0-0 - W6

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Overfelt   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  3  1
Cupertino  0  1  3  2  2  1  -   9 11  0

Game 7 - Cupertino 5 Homestead 3 - 7-0, 0-0 - W7

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Homestead  0  1  0  0  0  2  0   3  6  3
Cupertino  0  0  1  3  1  0  -   5 11  0

Game 8 - Cupertino 8 Gunn 0 - 8-0, 1-0 - W8

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

Game 9 - Cupertino 8 Gunn 2 - 9-0, 2-0 - W9

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

Game 10 - Monta Vista 8 Cupertino 4 - 9-1, 2-1 - L1

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

Game 11 - Cupertino 4 Monta Vista 3 - 10-1, 3-1 - W1

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

Game 12 - Lynbrook 11 Cupertino 4 - 10-2, 3-2 - L1

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Cupertino  2  0  0  0  0  0  2   4  6  2
Lynbrook   0  2  1  7  0  1  -  11 14  4

Game 13 - Cupertino 9 Lynbrook 1 - 11-2, 4-1 - W1

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Lynbrook   0  0  0  1  0  0  0   1  9  1
Cupertino  8  0  1  0  0  0  -   9  8  -

Game 14 - Fremont 7 Cupertino 4 - 11-3, 4-2 - L1

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

Game 15 - Cupertino 6 Fremont 5 - 12-3, 5-2 - W1

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   R  H  E
Fremont    0  2  0  0  0  0  3  0   5  7  3
Cupertino  0  1  0  4  0  0  0  1   6 12  3

Game 16 - Milpitas 4 Cupertino 3 - 12-4, 5-3 - L1

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

Game 17 - Cupertino 2 Mount Pleasant 0 - 13-4, 5-3 - W1

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

Game 18 - Cupertino 7 Santa Clara 1 - 14-4, 6-3 - W2

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

Game 19 - Santa Clara 1 Cupertino 0 - 14-5, 6-4 - L1

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

Game 20 - Santa Clara 5 Cupertino 3 - 14-6, 6-5 - L2

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

Game 21 - King's Academy 9 Cupertino 4 - 14-7, 6-5 - L3

                1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Cupertino       -  -  -  -  -  -  -   4  -  -
King's Academy  -  -  -  -  -  -  -   9  -  -

Game 22 - Cupertino 6 Gunn 3 - 15-7, 7-5 - W1

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


Game 23 - Cupertino 11 Lynbrook 1 - 16-7, 8-5 - W2

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Cupertino  0  1  0  1  2  2  3   9 11  -
Lynbrook   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  1  2

Game 24 - Cupertino 9 Monta Vista 2 - 17-7, 9-5 - W3

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

Game 25 - Cupertino 6 Fremont 1 - 18-7, 10-5 - W4

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

G26 - CCS First Round - Sequoia 8 Cupertino 4 - 18-8, 10-5, L1

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Cupertino  0  0  3  0  1  0  0   4  7  1
Sequoia    0  3  4  0  0  1  -   8 11  1




Congratulations to Baseball's Class of 2017

posted Jun 22, 2017, 7:19 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:14 PM ]

June 1, 2017  

Congratulations to the eight Seniors making up Baseball's Class of 2017: Jacob Banholzer, Zach Crawford, Tim Dinh, Shawn Dumov, Sheldon Gong, David Kau, Liam Ramirez and Connor Shiomoto.

Cupertino Baseball Senior Day 2017

Six Pioneers Receive 2017 All-El Camino Honors

posted Jun 22, 2017, 1:13 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:13 PM ]

Jun 22, 2017  

Six Cupertino High School Pioneers baseball team members received All-SCVAL El Camino Division honors for the 2017 season.

Junior Ben Townsend, was named El Camino League MVP.

Seniors Zach Crawford, Tim Dinh and Connor Shiomoto, were named to the First Team, and Senior David Kau, and Junior Icko Iben were named to the Second Team.


Pioneers Fall 8-4 At Sequoia In CCS First Round

posted Jun 22, 2017, 1:11 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:12 PM ]

May 17, 2017  

The Pioneers fell 8-4 to Sequoia in first round CCS Division I play on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  

Tim Dinh and Ben Townsend each had a single and double, the only Pioneers with multiple and extra base hits. David Kau, Shawn Dumov and Connor Shiomoto, each had singles.

This was Cupertino's second CCS appearance in the last 3 years, and despite fielding two of its most talented teams in years, the Pioneers went 0-2 in those games. 

The loss means it will be at least 25 years between CCS wins for the Pioneers, with the last coming in a 3-1 win over Half Moon Bay in 1993. Taber Maier '93 was the last Cupertino pitcher to earn a W.

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
Cupertino  0  0  3  0  1  0  0   4  7  1
Sequoia    0  3  4  0  0  1  -   8 11  1



California Pitch Count Rules for 2017 Season

posted Apr 18, 2017, 10:18 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 4:47 PM ]

Apr 18, 2017

Beginning with the 2017 season, high school pitchers in the United States will be restricted by a daily pitch count.

At its June 2016 meeting in Indianapolis the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee approved mandatory pitching restrictions based upon the number of pitches thrown, with the specifics to be decided at the state level by each state’s association.

The NFHS's educational arm, NFHSLearn, recommends the guidelines created by the MLB/USA Baseball Pitch Smart program. Pitch Smart recommends a maximum of 105 pitches per day for 17-18 year olds, and up to 95 pitches for 15-16 year olds, along with up to 4 days rest.

Pitch Smart Pitch Count Recommendations

Prior to the 2017 season, California’s association, the CIF, limited a pitcher to 30 outs and 3 appearance per calendar week.

For the 2017 season, the CIF adopted pitch count limits based upon team level, with a daily limit of 110 pitches for varsity players, and 90 pitches for all others, along with up to 3 days rest.  The previous rule, limiting a pitcher to 30 outs and 3 appearance per calendar week, remains in effect.

California Pitch Count Rules

Both the CIF rules and the Pitch Smart recommendations require no rest for a pitcher who has thrown up to 30 pitches.

Key differences between the CIF rules and the Pitch Smart recommendations include the restrictions being based upon team level rather than player age, and the maximum of 3 days rest versus 4 days rest.

2017 Rules Book Available

posted Oct 26, 2016, 3:58 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:10 PM ]

October 26, 2016  

The 2017 NFHS Baseball Rules Book is now available. The paper version of the rules book is available from NFHS.com and a Kindle ebook from Amazon.com

2017 NFHS Rules Book cover

Don’t Get Stuck On The Bench In College

posted Aug 25, 2016, 8:18 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:09 PM ]

August 24, 2016    

To play Division I sports, you need to qualify academically. To meet the minimum requirements for Division I student-athletes enrolling in college in August 2016 or later you must:
  • Graduate from high school
  • Complete 16 Core Courses, including 10 before your seventh semester
  • Earn a minimum 2.300 Grade-Point Average in core courses to compete in your first year of college
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT score that matches your core-course GPA on the sliding scale.
Visit the NCAA's   2point3.org   website for more information.

2.3 or take a knee

NFHS Mandates Pitch Counts for 2017

posted Aug 25, 2016, 8:13 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:08 PM ]

July 12, 2016    

The NFHS announced that pitching restrictions are to be based upon pitch counts, beginning with the 2017 season. 

The NFHS left the formulation of the rules up to each individula state organization.

In California, current CIF rules limit a pitcher to 10 innings per calendar week.

NFHSLearn, the NFHS's educational arm, supports the guidelines created by the MLB/USA Baseball Pitch Smart program. Pitch Smart recommends a maximum of 105 pitches per day for 17-18 year olds, and 95 for 15-16 year olds. 


Air Force One Over Tino

posted Aug 24, 2016, 6:13 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

June 23, 2016  

Air Force One passed over Cupertino High School at 5:05pm on Thursday, June 23, 2016 on approach to landing at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View. Those who were outside at the time were provided with a rare view of perhaps the best known aircraft in the world.  The aircraft which overflew Cupertino was SAM 28000, one of two heavily modified 747s used for presidential transport under the military designation of VC-25.

Air Force One flew over Cupertino High School on Thursday, June 23, 2016    Air Force One flew over Cupertino High School on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Air Force One flew over Cupertino High School on Thursday, June 23, 2016    Air Force One flew over Cupertino High School on Thursday, June 23, 2016

For another rare 747 over Cupertino, see Space Shuttle Endeavour Over Cupertino.

2017 League Schedule Released

posted Aug 24, 2016, 6:07 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

June 18, 2016    

Playing in the El Camino in 2017, the Pioneers begin league play on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:00pm with a visit from the Gunn Titans. The league schedule will consist of 3 games each against Fremont, Gunn, Lynbrook, Monta Vista and Santa Clara, for a total of 15. 

The full league schedules foir both the El Camino and De Anza divisions are available on the SCVAL website: 2017 SCVAL Baseball Schedules

Santa Clara Valley Athletic League

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