Baseball at Merced College has become synonymous with winning since 1972 when Butch Hughes became head coach of the Blue Devils.
Merced was 24-10 that year, and since then, the Blue Devils have had six consecutive seasons of 30 victories or more.
The 1972 Devils were led by Bill Sterling and Greg Mesa, who supplied the punch at the Plate, and Rick Williams and Steve Kohen were the main hurlers.
Merced's 1973 team was the first-ever Blue Devil club to win the state baseball championship. Leading that club were Kevin Thornhill and Kurt Knapp--both hitters, and pitchers Larry Sterling. The 1973 club had a 32-6 record.
The 1974 club was by far the most powerful team in the school's history. It averaged nearly 10 runs per game as Charlie Davis, Jim Bryan, and Bob Dallas had 30 homers between them. Other standouts included Bill Morgan, Bob Grubb, and Greg Bickell. Outstanding pitchers were Larry Daily and Ben Flores. This team was also a State champ with a 36-4 record--the most wins in one season.
The Blue Devil team of 1973 was able to capture the Central Conference Title, but failed in their quest for the first time in three years as State Champion. Standouts included Doug Thiel (the older brother of Dave Thiel) and Terry Gray, who holds many of Merced's pitching records. Merced was 30-8.
Merced's 1976 team was by far the best defensive team that Butch Hughes ever coached. With Jim Newell at shortstop, Chris Pedretti at second, and Randy Self at third, not many ground balls got through the infield. The most outstanding pitchers were Gibby Valdez and Randy Wiens. Record for that year was 34-6 and a third State Championship.
The Blue Devils of 1977 were the fourth State Championship Title holders for Hughes in five years. The team was led by Jim Harskamp, Chris Pedretti, Bill Enos, and Ernie Hayden.
Most outstanding hurlers were Gene Smith and Greg Young. This team proved to be a surprising club which was not expected to do as well as it did. After winning the conference Championship, this club easily rolled to a State Championship and a 31-7 record.
The 1978 Blue Devil team, with many freshmen playing key roles, compiled an overall record of 32-8 en route to the third state championship in a row for Merced. Some of the key players included All American Matt Vejar, who is continuing to pursue a professional career at Fullerton State and Brad Lesley, a top draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Other players on the team playing important roles were Wayne Hague, Dave Thiel, Audie Green and Ralph Hodge. Top pitchers were Brad Lesley, Don Widlun and Mike Foster.
In the past seven seasons, the Blue Devils had a 219-49 win-loss record, making Hughes one of the coaches with one of the highest winning percentages in the state at .817.
In 1979 with Audie Green leading the way, the Blue Devils won a precedent-setting four straight State Championships. It had many highlights during the season with many fine pitching performances from Mike Foster and Mark Ashworth with Mike Freeman emerging as the team leader.
For the 5th straight time and 7 out of 9 years the Blue Devil Baseball team has won the State Championship. The 1980 team could have been one of the best teams that Butch Hughes has had at Merced.
The team had a record of 30-4 and broke a large number of offensive records. The team was led by all -league Greg Slate, Gil Souza, Dick Vitato and All American selection of 2nd baseman Mickey Williams. It also had for the first time two all-league pitchers, Bill Mooneyham and Mike Evans. Other members who had good years were 2nd team all league Russ Williamson, Allen Grubb and Kevin Carthen who were all outfielders. Howard Maynor, Randy Pimentel and Bret McAfee all had a big part in that year's success. Tom Gronotte fired a no hitter against West Hills, only the second no hitter in the school's history.
In 1981 the Blue Devils finished 16 and 8 in their first year of the new Division I Central Valley Conference. The team was led by hard-hitting shortstop Bret McAfee, outfielder Howard Maynor, and slugging 1st baseman Gilbert Souza. McAfee signed with Seattle and Maynor was picked up by the Yankees.
1982 marked the beginning of a new era for Merced College baseball. When Butch Hughes retired after the 1981 campaign, his assistant for the previous five years, Glenn Nobbe took over the reigns. Nobbe led his veteran club to a 30-10 record and to Merced's first-ever Division I Central Valley Conference crown. The Blue Devils finished fourth at the State Championships in Long Beach.
Nobbe counted heavily on the pitching of Chuck Martin and Mark Bauer, who threw to the league's premier catcher Roy Anderson. Offensive stars included Brad Arnsberg, Scott Hague, and Buzz Verduzco.
Another change in command took place in 1983 with Chris Pedretti taking over the reigns of the Blue Devils. An over-all record of 21-19 was indicative of the up-and-down season this squad had. Led by the pitching of All-American Brad Arnsberg, Tim Arnsberg, and Charlie Cash, the Devils finished in a tie for the conference crown, but lost the subsequent play-off.
Dan Truax and Bart McAfee were honored on the second-time All Northern California Team and were joined in the infield by All-Leaguers Pete Martinez and Robby Ferreria. Mike Ho and Jordan Stevens were also named to the second squad of the elite group.
Offense was the name of the game in 1984 as the Devils set a club record for home runs with 34. All-State selection Pete Martinez had 11 round-trippers and was aided offensively by Bart McAfee, Dan Truax, and Brian Machado, Freshman Pitcher Scott Solis had 11 wins for the 24-12 team.
The Blue Devils started slowly in 1985 but then put it all together in league play and cruised to the CVC title with a 19-5 record. The pitching staff, led by All-Leaguers Bob Nazabal and Blas Minor, Bruce Egloff and Scott Solis completely dominated their league opponents.
The offense was led by All Northern California Second-Team outfielder Kim Flowers, who was backed by freshman All-Leaguers Joel Faulk, Mike Mooneyham, and Vic Gallardo.
Led by new school record holder Mike Mooneyham (15) and Greg Banda (10), the 1986 squad Blue Devil History exploded for 57 home runs to obliterate the old mark of 34 set in 1984. The veteran club compiled an overall mark of 23-12 and finished with a seventh-place showing at the state championships.
CVC Pitcher of the Year Blas Minor was backed by Al-League infielders Vic Gallardo and Joel Faulk and offensively by designated hitter Mike Sexton.
The 1987 season for the Blue Devils was quite a struggle. Getting off to an 0 and 4 start in their first two tournaments, the Devils put together four wins in a row to take home the Modesto Tournament Championship. From there, the Devils struggled to a 12-24 overall record. Despite their record, the Devils enjoyed a few bright spots. During the Hancock Easter Tourney the Devils knocked off College of the Canyons, who were ranked in the top 5 of the state rankings. Other bright spots were the performances of Robbie Sapp, Jon Rattazzi, and David Cardoza. Sapp, a left-handed pitcher consistently baffled the CNC opponents and was named to the 1st Team All-League. Rattazzi and Cardoza led the Devils offensively and were among the league leaders in offensive production.
In 1988, the Devils rebounded from the previous season's disappointment and showed signs of climbing toward the upper echelon of the tough Camino Norte Conference. A 10-15 record was good enough for a fourth-place finish, with the highlight being a victory over eventual state champion Sacramento.
The explosive bat of David Minor and the consistent success of Eddie Bachman, both 1st Team All-Conference selections, led Merced to a 16-26 over-all mark. Catcher Marshall Crooks and outfielder Jeff Webber sparkled defensively and Eric Martin was the squad's top hurler.
Breaking quickly out of the blocks, the '89 Devils won eight of their first eleven contests, including the championship of the Modesto Michelob Tournament. Although their non-conference record was a sparkling 10-3, Merced continued to struggle in the tough Camino Norte Conference.
All-State infielder Jeff Ball was backed by All-CNC performers Charles Havel (catcher) and Matt Winton (outfielder) as the Blue Devils compiled an overall record of 17-21.
Pitching was the strength of the 1990 squad. Led by sophomore left-handers Steve Whitaker and Mike Dotson, and Anthony Chavez, the Devils finished 10-15 in the CNC, 18-21 overall. Sophomore Matt Winton, along with newcomers Brandon Petersen and David Zuniga, led the offense and were named to 1st Team All-Conference Squad.
The Blue Devils finished the 1991 regular season 22-22 overall and 9-15 in the tough Camino Norte Conference before losing two games in the First Round of the State Playoffs. The '91' Blue Devils were lead by All-Conference selections Catcher Brandon Petersen (.310 ave., a team leading 16 doubles and 34 RBIs, and 235 put outs), 2nd Baseman David Zuniga (team leading .331 ave. and 27 stolen bases), Pitcher Joey Chavez, and outfielder Jerry Torrez. The Blue Devil pitching staff had three aces with starters Joey Chavez (9-4, 2.26 ERA) and Danny Gonzales (6-6, 3.88 ERA), and reliever Donnie Tynon (3.95 ERA and 4 saves) who had appearances.
1992 saw the Blue Devils finish 24-24 overall and 12-12 in the Camino Norte Conference. With a quick start in '92' the Blue Devils seemed poised for a run at the CNC title, and a consecutive birth in the state playoffs.
The 1993 season was marked with some highs but many lows. The Blue Devils finished fifth in the Camino Norte Conference with a 7-17 record, and 17-27 overall record. Shortstop Jason Boesch continued the tradition by being selected to the All-CNC 1st team. He lead the team in batting with a .386, and stolen bases with 16 in 20 attempts. Dustin Caropreso was an All-CNC selection at the catcher's position becoming the second catcher and third selection in the past four years at that position. Dustin returns to the Blue Devil lineup in '94, having lead the team in fielding with a .949% average, and batting second with a .300 batting average. Ildo Martens was the Blue Devils third All-CNC selection. While pitching struggled at times last year with a team ERA of 5.28, they did begin to jell in the last weeks of the season as they knocked off league, leading Sacramento City College, American River College and Modesto JC. While the team struggled in the preseason, the Blue Devils batted .278 in conference play, and .262 for the season.
With this surge at the end of last year look for the Blue Devils to make 1994 a memorable season in their last year of play in the Camino Norte Conference. The Blue Devils will be joining the Central Valley Conference in 1995.
The 1994 season started like the previous years, but received a blast from the past when the team won nine games in a row. The Blue Devils started out 2-7 before winning their own tournament and running their record to 11-7. The Blue Devils were lead by sophomore catcher Dustin Caropresso. As other catchers in a great line Dustin was named to the 1st Team All-Camino Norte Conference, and Team MVP. Duston lead the Blue Devils in batting with a .402 average.
After the Blue Devils' nine game run and fast 8-2 start in Conference Play, things settled down into a grind. The Blue Devils would lose the next thirteen games and finish 12-11 in Conference play. The Blue Devils finished with a 19-19 overall record and narrowly missed the State Regional Playoffs.
The 1995 Blue Devils brought back visions of the 1970's championship teams. With six records broken and a school tying 34 wins, the Blue Devils came within one win of going to the State Final Four. The Blue Devils challenged for the conference championship all the way until the last week of competition, finishing second to Fresno City with a 16-9record.
The '95 Blue Devils put together one of the most potent pitching staffs lead by sophomore Richard Campbell. Campbell holds the recorded for most strike outs in a game with 18 against MJC. He along with freshman Tito Fuentes, Bryan Ballenger, Henry Warden, and Sebastian Nazabal combined for a sub 2.75 ERA.
Defensively catcher Mike Wilson broke two records for fielding against Modesto JC, he had a school record 19 put-outs, and for the season had a perfect 1.000% fielding average.
Offensively the Blue Devils batted with a 252 team average. Sophomore Aaron Cervantes batted over .300 and stole a school record 37 bases, breaking a 21 year old record of 34 set by Bill Morgan. Mike Whatley set a school record by being hit by a record 21 pitches, while the team broke the school record of 47 set in 1975 with 64 hit batters.
The 1996 Blue Devil baseball team finished the season in the second round of the State Northern California Regionals. The Blue Devils ended the season with two marathon trips first to Mendocino College and then Lassen College in the regionals. It was the third year in a row that the Blue Devils have qualified for the State Playoffs, and the second year in a row they have won 30 games or more.
With a 16-8 conference record the Blue Devils slipped a little in the standings and finished fourth. The Blue Devils broke a twenty-one year old record for turning double plays in a season with 49. The old record set in 1974 stood at 36. They also broke the record for most hit batters set the previous year with 71. Jason Fanconi tied the record set the previous year for most times hit with 21.
Individually the Blue Devils witnessed some fantastic performances. Pitcher Henry Warden became only the third Blue Devil to throw a no-hitter, and the first since 1980 when Tom Gronotte threw one against West Hills College. Henry's performance came against Porterville College. Henry was one of four Blue Devils selected to the First Team All-CVC. He finished with an outstanding 12-3 record with a 1.83 ERA, and 113 strikeouts. Kevin Nannini was named to the First Team All-CVC as a utility player. Although he usually played in the outfield. He lead the conference in pitching saves with 6, and had an ERA of 3.14. Kevin also batted .340 stole 27 of 31 attempts and had a .992 fielding average. Pitcher Bryan Ballenger and outfielder Matt Mead rounded out the first team selection.
As in 1996, 1997 was a season in which many great things happened to the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils finished fourth in the conference with a record of 15-9, and had an overall record of 29-23. They were one of four Central Valley Conference teams to qualify for the State Playoffs. The Blue Devils started with a 10-7 preseason before entering into a mid-season slump winning only four games in fourteen. An 8-7 win over Fresno City College early in April sparked the Blue Devils on a 15-6 drive that would get them into the State Regional Playoffs, and one win away from qualifying for the State Final Four.
The Blue Devils achieved many great things both on an individual, and team basis. They came one inning and one run away from making the State Final Four. Right fielder Jason Bell was selected to the California Community College All-American Team, and also received the high honor of being named the Northern California "Big Stick" award winner. Third baseman Brian Nannini and DH Nathan Neal were named to the All-Northern California Team. Four Blue Devils were selected to the 1st Team All-CVC.
The Blue Devils set or tied fifteen team or individual records. Jason Bell broke or tied five records including most home runs (16), most hits (86), most RBIs (86), and a record tying 7 at-bats in a single game. Outfielder Doug Thomas also tied the record for most at-bats in a single game, and tied the record for most triples in a single season with 6. Pitcher Toby Dart broke a 24 year old record of giving up the fewest walks per 9 innings with 1.35. The Blue Devils set three season batting records including highest batting average of .331, and most runs scored with 510. They set three single game records including most at-bats, most hits, and most doubles with 58, 31, and 9 respectively. The Blue Devils broke three defensive single game records including most put-outs, most assists, and most double plays with 44, 23, and 4 respectively.
The 1998 season saw the Blue Devils again climb back towards the top of the ladder of success. They climbed all the way to 2nd place in the Central Valley Conference. They had an overall record of 28-16, and a CVC record of 18-6. It was a season that saw many outstanding performances including SS Eddie Munoz and 2B Pat Fuentes break the school record for batting average with a .456, .425 respectively. Freshman pitcher Joey Robinson burst on the scene last year and became the ace of the pitching staff with a 5-3 record, 89 ks, 43-.83 and era. As a team, the Blue Devils again broke the record for most double plays in a game when they had 5 against Modesto J.C.
The Blue Devils made it all the way until the second round of the regional playoffs again for the third season in a row. The 1999 season saw the Blue Devils struggle losing their first eight of nine games, then winning twenty six of their last thirty six games. They finished with a 17-7 CVC record, and 27-18 overall.
As a team their ability began to show in the Hancock Tournament where they defeated the #2 Southern California seed Cuesta 18-11, #4 see Cerritos, and #9 seed Hancock before narrowly losing 301 to eventual State runner-yp Cypress College. From that time on the Blue Devils handed the then undefeated Fresno CC Rams an 8-2 loss when J.J. Durmanich pitched a complete masterful game. The Blue Devils won 10 of their last 13 games, including a 17-3 shellacking of College of the Sequoias.
When one looks back upon the season everyone will remember the complete games pitched by Joey Robinson, and J.J. Durmanich. D.J. Foster's great catch at the wall against COS saving the day, and Danny Ayala's diving catch against Reedley while playing center field for the hurt Chad Bartek.
The millenium baseball team saw many great achievements both as a team and with individuals. The Blue Devils saw the emergence of freshmen pitching sensations and twin brothers Donnie and David Bair. Donnie lead the team with a 9-2 record and 88 strikeouts, while David collected 2 saves and 41 ks as a relief pitcher. The Blue Devils showed clutch hitting, power, and speed on the bases. Jeff Schanze lead the team with 11 homeruns, and 37 RBIs, while Aaron Alexander lead the team with a .336 batting average. John Brummell stole an amazing 15 bases in 16 attempts.
As a team the Blue Devils finished with an impressive 29-17 overall, and 17-8 CVC record. During the season the Blue Devils
had three six game winning streaks. They won their last eight CVC games before entering the season ending conference tournament. They had a 18-6 home record, and won an amazing 26 out of 27 games when leading after the sixth inning.
The Blue Devils finished the 2001 season with a 27-18 overall, and 17-8 CVC record. They ended up in third place in the conference, and ranked in the top 15 of Northern California.
For the second year in a row the Blue Devils batted .276. Both put outs and assists were up from the previous year. The fielding percentage was up from the previous year (.950%), and errors were down for the second year in a row.
Jared Devine lead the team in hitting with a .412 average, and is fourth on the all-time list. he also lead the team with 12 doubles, and 2 triples. Starting pitcher Donnie Bair lead the team with a a 3.49 ERA and is the first pitcher in more than three years to have over 100 strikeouts. He held opponent batters to a mear .197 batting average. Relief pitcher Lane Cunningham had a 7-1 record and 1 save in 22 appearances.
The 2002 season saw the Blue Devils continue their climb to the top. They finished in second place in the CVC posting a 17-7 record. The team batted an outstanding .297, with a .385 on-base percentage. Jeremiah Grove lead the team in batting with a .383 average. Adam Sanchez lead the team with 2 complete games. All-Conference selection Steve Henricksen lead the team with 57 strikeouts, and a had a 3.38 ERA with 10 starts. Reliever Brad Bickford put in solid performances with an impressive 7-1 record with 2 saves, and a 2.15 ERA. Jeff Runyon broke the record for most stolen bases with 42. As a team the Blue Devils set a school record by recording 56 double plays.
The 2003 Blue Devils slipped down to 5th place in the Central Valley Conference with a 12-12 record. The season was not with out its many highs. Utility player Brandon Morris was named Co-CVC MVP. He finished the season with a team leading .380 batting average, .814 slugging average, and .452 on base average. His 13 home runs, 58 runs scored, and 48 RBIs lead the team and put him in among the leaders of the conference. Brandon was joined on the All-CVC Team with first baseman Brett Gordon, infielder Ricky Pinocchio, and second baseman Rick Acebo. While the blue Devils finished fourth in the conference on the mound with an ERA of 4.74, reliever Brendan Kruse finished 4th in ERA with a 2.10, and second with 5 saves. Freshman Jason Peters lead the team in strike outs with 55, and had a 3.26 ERA. Doug Fister had 3.60 ERA and .316 batting average. All told the Blue Devils had four named to the 1st Team All-CVC, and five named to the 2nd Team All-CVC.
The Blue Devils finished 22-16 overall and 14-7 in the Central Valley Conference. It was a season with many highs including a winning streak in conference play that lasted eight games and included in beating conference champion Fresno. The lows saw the Blue Devils not make the NorCal regionals for the first time in many years. Five Blue Devils were named to the First Team All-CVC and five made the Second Team All-CVC. Lead by utility player Doug Fister and Catcher Dusty Ryan both were selected to the All-American Team of 2005. Fister played both first base and pitched. He had a 3.34 ERA with 50Ks and was second on the team with a .370 batting average. Dusty Ryan lead the team with a .398 batting average, and had a team leading 41RBIs. The year also saw the emergence of Omar Aguilar and his 96mph fastball. A first team All-CVC selection, Omar had a 4.58 ERA, and a team leading 73Ks. Second baseman Joel Pedretti, and outfielder Michael Solis also were selected to the First Team All-CVC. The 2005 version of the Blue Devils finished 22-18 overall and 14-7 in the Central Valley Conference. Though the Blue Devils record fell a short distance, there were some great performances all season long. Freshman Tommy Bone lead the team in batting with a .401 average, a team leading 9 home runs, and 10 doubles. The first baseman, and Shortstop A.J. Pinocchio were both named Team MVP. Pinocchio was also named to the All-CVC Team and selected All-American. He had a batting average of .360, and fielding average of .965. Freshman relief pitcher Andrew DeMott was named First Team All-CVC, and Team Most Improved Player. The Blue Devils also made the Regional Playoffs losing in the first round to San Mateo. Pitcher Omar Aguilar was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers to round out the season.
In 2006, the Blue Devils finished fourth in the Central Valley Conference and earning another trip to the State Regional Playoffs. The Blue Devils had four players make the 1st Team All-CVC including the top relief pitcher in Andrew DeMott. DeMott had an ERA of 3.93, and 2 saves in 30 appearances. Pitcher Matt Stabelfeld, Shortstop Travis Hendrix, and outfielder Eric Boyd made the first team. Stabelfeld lead the team in ERA with a 3.08, team leading 8 wins, and team leading 93 strikeouts. Matt also co-lead the team in complete games pitched with two. Hendrix lead the team in batting with a .397 average and in 136 at bats only struck out 6 times. Eric Boyd lead the team in steals with 12, batted .322, and had a .946 fielding percentage. The Blue Devils finished with a 23-22 record overall and 15-13 in the CVC. When it came to games, the team was a front running team winning 19 of of 22 games they lead after six innings. Conversely they lost 18 of 20 games they were trailing after six innings.
The 2007 version of the Diamond Devils was one of good accomplishments with an abrupt end to the season. The Blue Devils finished second in the CVC with a 19-9 record. They took an early exit from the playoffs losing two games to West Valley College in the first round of the NorCal Regionals.
The Blue Devils were lead by pitchers and All-CVC selections Matt Stabelfeld, and reliever Allen Komari. Komari lead the team in ERA and saves with 2.2 and 3 respectively. Stabelfeld tied for the team lead in wins with 8, and lead the team with 101 strikeouts and 1 complete game. The hitting was lead by two freshmen All-CVC selections in Bryan Abrey and Colby Ho. Abrey lead the team with a .390 batting average, 73 hits, 18 doubles, 6 home runs, and 44 RBIs not bad for a leadoff batter). Abrey also lead the team in stolen bases with 12. Ho batted .385. Freshman Catcher Wesley Borba started the season slow, but ended up batting .326 with a a percentage leading 11-11 in stolen bases. He also lead the team in put outs with 301. Those performances plus the rest of the team helped propell the Diamond Devils into the NorCal playoffs and a top 15 ranking in Northern California.
The 2008 season saw the Blue Devils finish the season with a 33-11 overall and a second place 19-5 conference record. Blue Devil skipper Chris Pedretti joined a select group of former and current coaches by winning his 608th game. Five Blue Devils were selected to the 1st Team All-CVC including MVP C Wesley Borba, and POY Brian Gilbertson. Both Borba and Gilbertson were named All-Americans.
The Blue Devil baseball team won the CVC championship on their way to a record setting 36 wins in 2009. The Blue Devils finished the season 36-10 overall and 21-3 in the CVC. Lead by All-NorCal MVP, All-American and All-Conference MVP selection, Jason Hague, the Blue Devils won their first conference championship in twenty-three years and qualified for a round one regional playoff game. Joining Jason on the All-NorCal team were Pitcher Bradin Hagens, Shortstop Kory Vitato, and Head Coach Chris Pedretti. They were just three of the seven selected to the All-CVC team. Joining them were Pitc,hers Logan Todd, and Cameron Martin, Infielder Kori Melo, and Defensive MVP Catcher Anthony Jakosa. Not only were team records set, but Jason Hague also set the record for most stolen bases in Merced College history with 43 in 46 attempts. Kory Vitato lead the team with 17 doubles and 8 homeruns. Pitching wins was lead by Logan Todd (9-3), and Bradin Hagens (9-1), and relief pitcher Brian Carbaugh (7-0). In relief Carbaugh had an ERA of 1.21 and Cameron Martin lead the starters with a 1.64. Showing their domination, the Blue Devil pitchers had a team ERA of 3.38 and opponents batted a low .230.
The 2010 season saw the Blue Devils drop a little as they finished the season in second place with a record of 16-8 and an overall record of 24-15. Merced qualified for the post season Nor-Cal Playoffs and took two games straight from Feather River College (9-4, and 7-5) in Quincy, CA. They then went to Ohlone College for the Super Regional and lost to eventual State Champions Ohlone 2-1, and Diablo Valley 6-5. They had outstanding performances and performers in First Team All-CVC P Shawn Stuart (Conference Pitcher of the Year), P Nathan Gonzales, 1B Connor Oldcorn, and Outfielders Craig Beevers and Hunter Adrian. Stewart lead the team in Ks with 79, ERA 2.79 (for starters), complete games 3, saves 2, and tied with Gonzales for wins with 8. Stuart was also named to the All-Nor-Cal team. Beevers lead the team with a .357 batting average and was 10-12 in stolen bases. Hunter Adrian batted .311 with 14 doubles, and 6 home runs. He was 8-8 in stolen bases and had a .534 slugging average. Connor Oldcorn lead the conference in put-outs with 323 in 339 chances, and had a fielding percentage of .985 that included only 5 errors. He had a .326 batting average with 11 doubles and 3 home runs. Joining them as second team All-CVC were SS Garrett Borba, and 2B Art Corona. Corona batted .341 with 8 doubles. He stole 11 bases in 12 attempts. Borba batted .347 and hit 5 doubles and 4 home runs. As a team, the Devils were second in the CVC with a .296 batting average and .381 on-base-percentage. The Devils lead the conference in fielding percentage with a .963. To top this off outfielder Ian Fregosi was named to tha CCCBCA All-State Academic team.The Blue Devils rose back to the top in 2011. Finishing first in the CVC they had a 19-5 conference record and 25-11 overall record and a number 5 Nor-Cal ranking. The Blue Devils hosted a regional against Marin College 23-1, and 16-5. They lost in the super regionals at SJ Delta College. The Blue Devils were lead by Pitchers Jake Sisco and Anthony Mendoza. Sisco was 1st Team all-CVC (Pitcher of the Year) and Nor-Call All-American (Pitcher of the Year). He lead the team and conference with a 1.66 ERA, 124 Ks, 108.3 innings pitched, 11 wins(his 11-1 record was best in the State), 14 games started, 5 complete games, and .187 opposing team batting average (drafted in 3rd round by the Cleveland Indians). His 124Ks lead the State. Anthony6 Mendoza was also named to the First Team All-CVC . He had an 8-2 record and 3.53 ERA. He had 3 complete games, had an opponent batting average of .201, and pitched 71 innings. 2B Art Corona batted .343, and stole 33 of 37 attempted bases. He also lead the conference with 132 assisted put-outs. Corona was named to the All-Nor-Cal team. SS Tynan Pedretti another to make the First Team All-CVC batted .315 with 9 doubles and 4 home runs. He had 123 assisted put-outs. Outfielder Kirk Rocha lead the conference in batting with a .379 including 12 doubles, and 3 triples. He stole 21 of 23 attempted steals. He along with Pedretti were named to the All-Northern California All-American Team. The Blue Devils won their series against Fresno City, Sequoias, West Hills, Taft, and Porterville Colleges and tied Reedley College 2 - 2. What an outstanding year.
The 2012 Blue Devils finished a dissappointing second place in the CVC. Overall the Blue Devils improved in victories with 28 and 13 losses. The Blue Devils were 16-8 in the CVC. Two of their opponents (Cosumnes River and Rio Hondo) played for the State Championship. The Blue Devils were a combined 3-0 against both of them. The Blue Devils were lead by All-Americans CF Kirk Rocha (.430 BA, 15 2B, .539 OBP, and 20SB), and Player of the Year RHP Derick Velazquez (11-0, 3 CG, 1.43 ERA). Both were Co-MVPs of the Central Valley Conference. Joining them were All-CVC selections Russell Longworth (5-3, 60 Ks, 4.02 ERA), and LF Grant Silva (.299 BA, .448 OBP, and 12 SB). The Blue Devils also had 2nd Team All-CVC RP Carl Jamison (4 SV, 3-3, and a 3.81 ERA) who had a dominating 7-0 victory over Fresno City College, P Tyler Cook (2-2, 1 SV, 2.81 ERA), 3B Ricky Diaz (.257 BA, .344 OBP, 13 2B), and RF Jake Barcellos (.273 BA, .383 OBP). Both Kirk Rocha and C CJ DeDeaux made the CVC Golden Glove Team. The Blue Devils won their regional versus West Valley in two games before being knocked out of the Super Regional at Feather River College by Fresno City College, but not before they defeated the number one seed Feather River knocking them out of the playoffs.
Head Coach Chris Pedretti took a sabatical for the 2012-13 school year, and assistant coach Nate Devine moved up to the head coaches position. Under Devine the Blue Devils finished the season 22-16 overall and 16-8 in the CVC for second place. The Blue Devils were lead by 1st Team All-CVC selections Ricky McColloch, Russell Longworth, Carl Jamison, Shota Nagatomi, and Ryan McDaniel. McColloch had a 19 game hitting streak, was a NorCal Player of the Week, unanimous All-CVC, and All-America selection. He lead the team in hitting with a .352 average including a team leading 4 triples. Shota Nagatomi was the only freshman Blue Devil to make 1st Team All-CVC. Shota played centerfield and batted .317, with an on-base .482 average from the top of the batting order. He also stole 13 of 17 base attempts. Co-Pitcher of the Year in the CVC and All-Northern California team selection Russell Longworth was 6-3, with a 2.43 ERA and team leading 66Ks. Fellow starter Ryan McDaniel was 5-1, with 1 save, 55ks and a team leading 1.92 ERA. Relief Pitcher Carl Jamison was another unanimous 1st Team All-CVC selection. He finished the season with a 5-2 record, conference leading 7 saves, and 2.68 ERA ini 18 appearances. The Blue Devils were almost unbeatable at home going 12-4. They again qualified for the Nor-Cal Regionals traveling again up to Feather River. Though they lost in the best of three series, they had an outstanding year with many top performances.
The 2014 season saw the Blue Devils finish third in the CVC with a 21-15 overall, and 17-7 conference record. Though they did not make the State Regional Playoffs for the first time since 2005, there were some great performances. The team batted .264 with All-CVC selection Joseph Salmeri leading the team with a .317 average and an impressive 16 of 18 stolen bases. Center Fielder Shota Nagatomi was named to the CVC Golden Gloves Team and its MVP. He batted .295 with a team leading 4 triples and 11 stolen bases. Pitching was lead by All-CVC selection and utility player Robbie Dallas (5-2, 3.56 ERA) and 2nd Team All-CVC selections Thomas Longworth (3-1, 2.43 ERA), and Hiroki Taniguchi (6-4, 2.31 ERA). Taniguchi lead the team in saves with 3.. A team that missed but had great performances.