"Richie was our most consistent starting pitcher throughout the year," Vaqueros Coach Chris Cicuto said. "We were lucky to get him, we thought he would be good, but we didn't know how consistent he would really be. Statistically, he did a great job for us."
Hoover High graduate Jason Ochart and Clay Dungfelder, both sophomores, made the all-conference second team.
Ochart, who played the outfield, led everyday players on the team with a .318 batting average. He hit two home runs and drove in 13 runs while scoring 15. Dungfelder made 13 appearances out of the bullpen and started one game on the mound, tallying a 1-0 record with a 5.76 ERA and 14 strikeouts to four walks.
"He did a good job getting on base for us, he's got great speed, which helped out his starts a little bit," Cicuto said of Ochart. "He did a good job in the outfield and was definitely a good leader for us his sophomore year.
"Clay had a rough start to the season, but he had a really good attitude. He held teams down for extended innings and got us out of jams."
Honorable mentions went to catcher Erik Suarez, shortstop Ruben Padilla and pitcher Joe Stephen, all freshmen.
Suarez hit .289 with 17 RBIs and 16 runs and had a team-best .983 fielding percentage. Padilla batted .279 with 14 RBIs and 17 runs and stole seven bases in 10 attempts and Stephen went 4-4 in 10 starts with a 4.02 ERA and 31 strikeouts.
"Those are good awards for those freshmen coming back," Cicuto said.
GCC finished the season 15-21 and 7-14 in conference play.
VELASQUEZ, VILLAGE STILL GOING STRONG La Crescenta resident Maddie Velasquez and the Village Christian softball team are still going strong in the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs.
The Crusaders, who started out as a wild-card team despite being ranked in the division's top-four for much of the season, defeated Godinez, 9-0, in their opener and Duarte, 2-0, on Thursday in the first round.