The signings of Clay Williamson, Austin Hedges, Tyler Krause and Trent Boras led the Orange County Register’scoverage Tuesday of college signing day.
“Signing day live: Four JSerra baseball players ink scholarships,” the headline read at about 2 p.m.
Krause will play his college ball at UC Irvine, Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton and Hedges and Boras will square off at UCLA and USC, respectively.
They aren’t the only Lions to sign commitments. Swimmer Casey Mims signed on at University California, Berkeley and Katherine Delaney, a member of the Trinity League champion girls’ cross country team, also plans to run at Berkeley.
JSerra prepares to defend its Trinity League baseball title with some of the best ballplayers in Orange County, according to an Orange County Register report published this week.
“The Lions (22-7 in ’09) won their first league championship last season, and might be just as good this season,” wrote columnist Steve Fryer.
One of the key reasons for the Lions No. 3 ranking is the returning talent, he says. UCLA-bound junior catcher Austin Hedges is last year’s Trinity League’s player of the year. The paper named him one of the county’s “top five players to watch.”
Fryer also highlighted Loyola Marymount-bound senior pitcher/first baseman Bret Dahlson; Cal State Fullerton-bound senior pitcher Grahamm Wiest and a new face – Tyler Krause, a junior transfer All-State honoree from Arizona. Also returning is Cal State Fullerton-bound outfielder Clay Williamson.
And don’t forget the coach. Brett Kay was the Orange County Register’s 2009 coach of the year.
JSerra Catholic High School’s 2009 Trinity League championship team posted outstanding numbers on the field.
It’s also accomplishing remarkable feats off the field.
The Lions are sending nine scholar-athletes to Division I universities with scholarships. And Coach Brett Kay believes three or four offers may be on the way.
That means starters at every position and a few pitchers will likely end up playing college baseball at the highest level.
“I’m ecstatic,” Kay said. “It affirms everything we’re trying to accomplish here.”
The most recent scholarship winner is junior right fielder Clay Williamson, of Laguna Niguel, who will play at Cal State Fullerton after he graduates.
He hit .280 last year with 18 RBIs and two triples.
“He’s a rare player who made the jump from freshman ball to varsity – a big jump for any player. He’s really grown in the past year and emerged as one of the leaders in our program,” Kay said. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”
Williamson isn’t the only college-committed Lion returning next year. Bret Dahlson (Loyola Marymount), of Yorba Linda, junior Austin Hedges (UCLA), of San Juan Capistrano, and senior Grahamm Wiest (Cal State Fullerton), of Orange, hope to lead the Lions to another title.
Graduates from last year’s squad with scholarships are:
Colton Plaia, of Mission Viejo, Loyola Marymount
Quinn Renner, of Laguna Niguel, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia
Joe Kurrasch, of San Juan Capistrano, UC Berkeley
Matt Paradise, of San Clemente, Santa Clara University
Todd del Toro, of Mission Viejo, Air Force Academy.