2018 News Archive

Pitch Count Rules Continue in California for 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:06 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:50 PM by William Walstrom ]

Jan 18, 2018    

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

In California, 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. Additionally, the previous rule, limiting a pitcher to 30 outs and 3 appearances per calendar week, remains in effect.


Know The Requirements So You Don’t Get Stuck On The Bench In College

posted Dec 5, 2017, 2:56 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:49 PM by William Walstrom ]

December 5, 2017    

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 get stuck on me

Seven World Series Players Played High School Baseball In California

posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:48 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:49 PM by William Walstrom ]

December 5, 2017   

A total of seven players in the 2017 World Series played high school baseball in California.

Dodger Outfielder Joc Pederson (Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto) was the only Bay Area high school grad on a World Series roster in 2017. Pederson is the son of Stu Pederson, a former professional player and a one time Cupertino coach.

Dodger pitcher Brandon Morrow (Rancho Cotate HS, Rohnert Park), was the only other player who played in high school in Northern California.

Three other Dodger Players, Austin Barnes (Riverside Poly, Riverside),  Justin Turner (Mayfair HS, Lakewood) and Chase Utley (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach), and two Astros pitchers Chris Devenski (Gahr HS, Cerritos) and Joe Musgrove, (Grossmont HS, El Cajon), who played high school ball in Southern California, accounted for the rest of the California grads.

Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers
Joc Pederson

Stu Pederson
 Stu Pederson

2018 NFHS Baseball Rules Book Now Available

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:51 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:49 PM by William Walstrom ]

September 14,  2017  

The 2018 NFHS Baseball Rules Book is now available in both paper and ebook formats.  The paper version of is available from NFHS.com. and the Kindle ebook version is available from Amazon.com

As the official reference for the rules of the high school game, the book is helpful for understanding how those rules differ from others such as those of Little League and MLB.

The rules are organized into ten sections: Rule 1. Players, Field and Equipment, Rule 2. Playing Terms and Definitions, Rule 3. Substituting – Coaching – Bench and Field Conduct – Charged Conferences, Rule 4. Starting and Ending Game Rule, 5. Dead Ball – Suspension of Play Dead Ball Tables, Rule 6. Pitching, Rule 7. Batting Rule, 8. Baserunning, Rule 9. Scoring – Record Keeping and  Rule 10. Umpiring.

2018 NFHS Baseball Rules Book

2018 League Schedule

posted Aug 26, 2017, 1:50 PM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:48 PM by William Walstrom ]

Aug 26, 2017  

The 2018 SCVAL De Anza Division baseball schedule has been released. 

In 2018 the Pioneers will open league play on Wednesday March 14, at 4:00 pm when they host Homestead. Games will be played on Wednesdays and Fridays, with Frosh/Soph games being played opposite the Varsity games. Playoffs and the relegation series follow the regular season. 

The Pioneers' fourteen game schedule features two games each against the Homestead Mustangs, Los Altos Eagles, Los Gatos Wildcats, Milpitas Trojans, Mountain View Spartans, Palo Alto Vikings and Wilcox Chargers.

 March 14 Homestead
 March 16 @ Homestead
 March 21 @ Palo Alto
 March 23 Palo Alto
 March 28 @ Los Altos
 March 30 Los Altos
 April 4 Wilcox
 April 6 @ Wilcox
 April 11 @ Milpitas
 April 13 Milpitas
 April 25 @ Mountain View
 April 27 Mountain View
 May 2 @ Los Gatos
 May 4 Los Gatos

The complete eight team league schedule, including playoffs, can be viewed on the Divisional Schedule page.

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