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Locals turn in solid seasons on baseball diamond

Salas garners notice at CSUN; Ochart wraps up terrific career.

July 03, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High graduate John Salas turned in a quality season with Cal State Northridge in his junior season.
Crescenta Valley High graduate John Salas turned in a… (Courtesy of Braden…)

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

John Salas (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) Cal State Northridge baseball junior: Salas enjoyed a breakout season for the Matadors, emerging from the bullpen to become a formidable starter in the second half of the season.

Arguably his best start came on May 12 in a 7-1 win over UC Santa Barbara, as he went the full nine innings, allowing just five hits and one run, while striking out six and walking one.

He struggled a bit in his final two starts of the season, going five innings and allowing four runs in a loss to Cal Poly on May 19, before getting a no-decision in a season-ending loss to Cal State Fullerton on May 25 in which he allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Overall, though, Salas put up good numbers for a Matadors squad that went 31-26 and 15-12 in the Big West. After transferring from College of the Canyons, Salas ended his debut season with CSUN at 4-6 after appearing in 21 games and making 13 starts. He threw two complete games and 80 innings, allowing 76 hits and 12 walks, while striking out 52 and turning in a 3.49 earned-run average.

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Jason Ochart (Hoover High, 2008) Vanguard University baseball senior: It was a long road with plenty of baseball for the former Hoover High and Glendale Community College player, and Ochart wrapped up his playing days with some excellent numbers at his third college.

Ochart, who began at GCC before moving on to Cal State Dominguez Hills and then transferring to Vanguard, served multiple roles for the Lions.

At the plate, he was second on the Lions with a .313 batting average (57 for 182) as well as in hits. His eight doubles were a team-best and so were his 27 runs scored. He added 17 runs batted in and, on the base paths, had a team-leading 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts, 17 more steals than any other teammate.

On the mound, Ochart even made an appearance, throwing one scoreless inning.

Vanguard finished the season at 22-27 overall and 15-21 in conference.

In his last collegiate game on April 27, Ochart was one for four with a run batted in, as the Lions beat Concordia, 4-1.

David Olmedo-Barrera (St. Francis High, 2012) Cal State Fullerton baseball freshman: Following a freshman season at Fullerton in which playing time was sparse, Olmedo-Barrera has headed north to hone his craft.

Playing in the prestigious Alaska Summer League for the Peninsula Oilers, Olmedo-Barrera is getting in some extra work.

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