Prep Baseball Report

NorCal CCS Game of the Week: 4/8 - 4/13

Steven Hardesty
Central Coast/North LA Area Scout



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Ventura, Calif. - As the entirety of the of the California High School sections are fully underway including the Northern sections all playing games Prep Baseball California will be highlighting a weekly game of the week.

This weeks match up from NorCal Central Section Game of the Week features an early season 1 vs. 2 West Catholic Athletic League matchup between Prep Baseball California #4 ranked Valley Christian Warriors and the Serra Padres.

#4 Valley Christian Warriors vs. Serra Padres

+ Date: 4/9/24 & 4/12/24

+ Time: 4:00 PM & 4:00 PM

+ Location: Valley Christian / Serra 

+ Valley Christian HS 2024 Record:   15-2 Overall

+ Head Coach:  John Diatte

+ Serra HS 2024 Record:   13-2 Overall

+ Head Coach:  Mat Keplinger

+ Key Players (Valley Christian): 

+ ‘24 OF Tatum Marsh - Stanford 

+ ‘25 OF/LHP Brock Ketelsen - Stanford

+ ‘25 OF Hunter Fujimoto - Santa Clara

+ ‘25 1B/LHP Quinten Marsh - Stanford

+ ‘25 C Jordan Ortiz - Loyola Marymount 

+ ‘25 RHP Rohan Kasanagottu - USC

+ ‘25 RHP Chris Buck - Biola Univ. 

+ ‘24 INF Rocco Muccilli 

+ ‘25 RHP Quinten Medrano 

+ ‘25 INF Tanner Jones

+ ‘25 RHP Forest Zelmer

+ ‘25 RHP Kole Laubach

+ ‘25 RHP Mayan Subramanian 

+ ‘26 RHP Alex Kim 

+ ‘26 INF Zach Koontz

+ ‘26 INF Nathan Choi 

+ ‘26 OF Cristian Nevarez

+ ‘27 INF Antonio Chavez - 5’9 160 lbs.

+ ‘27 C Logan Mull - 5’9 160 lbs.

+ Key Players (Serra): 

+ '24 OF Joey Damelio

+ '24 C Jack Armstrong

+ '25 INF Evan Bradshaw

+ '24 OF Lucas Schumaker

+ '25 INF Ian Josephson

+ '24 LHP Mason Wehmeyer

+ '24 RHP Braden Agosta

+ '24 RHP Sam Kretsch

+ '26 RHP Riley Lim

+ '26 RHP Kelley Crawford

Game Preview:  Both programs are off to strong overall starts on the 2024 season and have eyes set on a title run in the ultra-competitive West Catholic Athletic League. Serra enters the game sitting in 1st place with a 4-0 record while Valley Christian is one game back in a tie for 2nd place at 3-1 early in league play. The Padres have 5 regulars in their lineup hitting over .300 and have scored 113 runs in their 15 games this spring while allowing just 27 runs as a pitching staff. Valley Christian for their part have scored 93 runs in 17 games and allowed just 30 from their pitching staff with 4 regulars hitting over .300. Each team has dynamic pitching with the Serra staff featuring a dynamic trio of senior arms who each have ERA's under 2.00 in Wehmeyer, Agosta and Kretsch with rising sophomores Lim and Crawford performing very well on the bump. The Warriors staff from Valley Christian features 4 JR or younger arms who are having electric starts to the 2024 spring with Marsh boasting an ERA of 1.14 while Laubach, Kim and Kasanagotu sit with ERAs under 1.00 and JR Brock Ketelsen is averaging 2 strikeouts per 1 inning pitched with 22 K's over 11 innings. With the number of high quality arms set to toe the rubber in this two game set runs  and offense could be at a premium to come by.

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