Baseball: Chase Strumpf Hits His Fifth Home Run in Six Games

StrumpfBy Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times

A year ago, when he was an incoming freshman at San Juan Capistrano JSerra, Chase Strumpf was cut from the USA national youth team that he was trying to make. That might be the final time in his life that someone dares to cut Strumpf.

On Friday, he hit his fifth home run in six games of the COPABE Pan American Games in Colombia, helping the USA 15U national team improve to 6-0 with a 9-0 win over Brazil.

Strumpf became the starting shortstop as a freshman at JSerra this past season. He has committed to UCLA, and USA 15U assistant Coach Matt LaCour, the head coach at Harvard-Westlake, said Strumpf is much improved from the player of last summer.

“Was a year younger,” LaCour said in an email. “This past year of real baseball has done him well.”

As for what he is accomplishing in Colombia, LaCour said, “He is playing really well and is a run producer. Fun watching him develop over the last couple of years. He is going to be an impact guy at the next level.”

Blake Sabol, who attends Aliso Niguel, had two hits and two RBIs on Friday.

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Major League Futures Ahead for Four JSerra Alumni

2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland
2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland

JSerra Catholic High School has four alumni drafted into Major League Baseball, in the 2013 draft.

“Obviously a very exciting day for JSerra Catholic Athletics and the baseball program to see four Lions drafted in the MLB 2013 Player draft,” said JSerra Head Baseball Coach Brett Kay.

Recent graduate and 6-foot-4 outfielder, Dane McFarland was selected 360 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up his spot to play at Oregon in the fall.

McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft. With his huge frame he combines this with great bat speed to give him plus power.

Colton Plaia
Colton Plaia ’09

Colton Plaia ’09, was drafted for the second year in a row, this time by the New York Mets as the 446 pick overall from Loyola Marymount University. The catcher who leaves in less than 24 hours, since being drafted for training camp was said to have solid legs and is a durable receiver, with a tough presence and a plus-arm are his best tool.

Plaia was also selected to play for the U.S. National team in 2012.

Another draftee is right-handed pitcher Reed Reily ’10 of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was selected 549 overall to the Orioles.

Reily can touch the mid 90’s with his fastball and he has a good amount of deception to go along with it. He complements the heater with an 80-84 mph slider and a changeup he’ll throw in the low 80s as well.

JSerra’s final draftee is left handed pitcher, Cory Miller ’10 from Pepperdine University was selected as the 482 overall pick to the Brewers.

Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.

“All of them were outstanding young men while in our program and have the desire and work ethic to be able to have that great opportunity to get drafted. It will be great to see those guys don the uniform at the next level and know that they were Lions,” said Kay.

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JSerra has Fabulous Freshman in Strumpf

Freshman, Chase Strumpf
Freshman, Chase Strumpf

By Jake Kaplan, OC Varsity

Coaches can often remember the moment they realized a player was special. Ask JSerra baseball coach Brett Kay when he identified Chase Strumpf as a can’t-miss talent and the answer comes easy.

“As soon as I saw him,” Kay said. “As soon as I saw him.”

It was the summer of 2010 when a 12-year-old Strumpf strolled into Kay’s youth baseball camp at JSerra Catholic High School. It was the first year Kay held the camp and only about 15 kids showed up. Kay says now that Strumpf really had no business being there. He was too advanced.

Two-and-a-half years later, Strumpf, of Ladera Ranch, plays for Kay here on JSerra’s St. Pierre varsity baseball field, smacking singles and doubles off pitchers several years older than him and fielding hard-hit groundballs at shortstop with the composure of an upperclassman.

Just a handful of games into his freshman season, Strumpf, who turned only 15 on Friday, is opening eyes at JSerra.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound shortstop entered the weekend a team-best 6 for 14 and has already showed his uncanny ability in the field.

“He doesn’t act like a freshman,” said Kay, who also coached him in travel ball. “He doesn’t perform like a freshman. You look at him and you think junior, senior, and he’s a freshman? It’s pretty cool to watch. … He’s special.”

Casey Worden hits out of the three-hole for JSerra, one spot behind Strumpf. Worden, a senior captain, lauded Strumpf’s fundamentals, which he described as “sound in every aspect.”

“I had heard about him before when he was coming in,” Worden said. “He lived up to every bit.”

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Brackets Finalized for Highly Anticipated Boras Baseball Classic

Boras Logo*A Press Release from JSerra CHS & The Boras Corporation

32 Elite High School Teams Battle for State Championship

February 19, 2013 — The Boras Corporation announced final brackets today for its first annual Boras Baseball Classic of California.

The 32-team invitational pits 16 of baseball’s best high school teams from Northern California against 16 of the best baseball programs from Southern California, to ultimately name a de-facto state champion.  JSerra Catholic High School of San Juan Capistrano and Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana will jointly host teams from the south.  Elk Grove High School of Elk Grove will serve as host to the Northern California squads.

Winners of the southern and northern California brackets respectively will meet in a fictional state championship game to be held April 13, 2013, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  The northern California bracket will be played at the Daniel McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento, CA, beginning March 25, and continuing until March 29, 2013.  JSerra Catholic High School and Mater Dei High School will share hosting duties for the southern California bracket, being played April 1 through April 5.

The 32 invited high schools participating in the tournament will each receive a $1,000 donation from the Boras Corporation; there is no entry fee.  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games, with a fifth game for the two schools that reach the highly anticipated state championship game.

“The primary objective of the Boras Baseball Classic is to give back to youth baseball.  We want to provide outstanding high school teams a chance to participate in an elite competition, while at the same time giving them a world-class venue to showcase their talent in front of collegiate-level coaches and professional scouts,” said Scott Boras, Founder and CEO of the Boras Corporation.

The Boras Corporation plans to hold the elite event annually, with potential different invitees year by year, culminating in a championship game that crowns the winner de-facto California state champion.

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For the team line-up, and schedules visit Boras Classic.

Alumnus Colton Plaia to Join Team U.S.A.

JSerra alumnus, Colton Plaia has been selected to play on the 2012 U.S. National baseball team. Plaia, a recent draft pick in Major League Baseball, was selected in the 33rd round to the Baltimore Orioles, will now play for the U.S. National team.

While at JSerra Plaia, batted .382 with 18 runs scored and 19 RBI as a senior, collected six doubles and two home runs in 2009, and was 18-for-31 throwing out potential base runners in his final year.

Plaia  currently plays as a Lion for Loyola Marymount University.

For more information and and game schedules click here. 

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Trevor Charpie Commits to Tennessee

Congratulations to Trevor Charpie for his commitment to play baseball for the University of Tennessee this fall. Charpie is the first JSerra athlete to play for Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Charpie was also scouted by University of California, Irvine and Loyola Marymount University.

“I am excited for this great opportunity, and thankful to my family for their support and for my coaches for always pushing me to be the best athlete,” said Charpie.

Charpie was a key member in the Lion Nation and plans to major in Kinesiology while attending the University of Tennessee.

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Founder’s Son Named Top Scholar Athlete in OC

Darras signing his letter of intent to play baseball at Division l school, Cal State Fullerton

Congratulations to Nico Darras, son of JSerra founder Frank Darras, was named in the Orange County Registers Top Scholar Athletes for all sports in Orange County. Darras  who is headed to CS Fullerton, is a three-year starter for the Lions. The first baseman has a 3.71 GPA for the Lions, who are in third place in the Trinity League. 

Nico was also nominated for West Coast Powerade player of the Year, and selected for the South Orange County All-Star Team.

For more on the Lions Baseball team click here.