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Season Preview: La Sierra Eagles


Devon Rodriguez
California Area Scout

With the 2019 high school baseball season just around the corner in California, we have begun rolling out team previews from around the state. Today we focus on the La Sierra Eagles from CIF-SS Division 5.

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Team: La Sierra

Nickname: Eagles

Section: Southern Section, Division 5

League: River Valley League

Head Coach/Years at school: Ryan Highstreet (4th season)

Team Twitter Handle: @lasierrabball

2018 Overall Record: 18-14 (7-8, 3rd Place in League)

2018 Postseason Finish: 2nd Round

Number of Returning Starters: 6

Number of Returning Pitchers: 3

Top Returning Players:

'19 MIF/RHP Daniel Rosell, '21 1B/3B Isaac Quihuis, '21 SS/3B Andrew Gamez

Other Players to Know:

'22 RHP/UTL Taer Rodriguez, '22 LHP/1B Jesse Espinoza

College Commitments: N/A

2019 Outlook:

After bowing out early in the playoffs, Coach Highstreet has high expectations for this years Eagles team. Highstreet expects them to finish near the top of their league and hopes to be in contention to win the League crown come the end of the season. The Eagles will look to create havoc and put pressure on opposing defenses with their team speed being one of their biggest assets. '19 MIF/RHP Daniel Rosell should be a catalyst with '21 1B/3B Isaac Quihuis and '21 SS/3B Andrew Gamez sitting in the middle of the lineup looking to do damage. Coach Highstreet also speaks highly of the defense he will put out there, which will keep them in ball games and support whoever ends up on the mound. If the Eagles are going to make a deep run in their league and playoffs, they will need their young unproven pitcher to step up and pitch some big innings. The great defense the Eagles should field will help to alleviate some of the pressure on the pitching staff. Offensively, look for the Eagles to try to limit their strikeouts and up their contact rate so they can put their plus team speed to use. If the young Eagles can find consistency and make the pieces fit they can be a legit contender come playoff time.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Solano-Sac Junior Future Games Trials CA 02/24 Vacaville Christian HS
SoCal Junior Future Games Trials CA 03/09 O'Malley Field - Harvard Westlake
East Bay Junior Future Games Trials CA 03/24 Athenian School
North Bay Junior Future Games Trials CA 04/28 Clyde P. Smith Field - Cardinal Newman HS
Northern California Future Games Trials CA 05/26 Islanders Field
SoCal ProCase CA 06/08 Hart Park

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