JSerra’s Four Baseball Scholarships Leads OC Register Coverage of Signing Day

The signings of Clay Williamson, Austin Hedges, Tyler Krause and Trent Boras led the Orange County Register’s coverage 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’s Austin Hedges One of OC’s ‘Top 5 Players to Watch’

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.

Austin Hedges

“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.

Dahlson and Wiest Sign Letters of Intent to Play College Baseball

It’s official.

Bret Dahlson will play college baseball at Loyola Marymount, and Grahamm Wiest will pitch at Cal State Fullerton.

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Bret Dahlson and Grahamm Wiest are joined by Baseball Coach Brett Kay and Athletic Director Jim Hartigan

The seniors – both All-Trinity League honorees last year, signed letters of intent Tuesday at a brief ceremony on campus.

“These are great kids from great families and are among the best players statistically that have ever played at JSerra,” Coach Brett Kay said.

Wiest, a right-handed pitcher, was 6-3 last year with a 1.60 earned-run average. He led JSerra to its first-ever CIF baseball playoff victory  last summer.

Dahlson hit .385 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Both played key roles in leading the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League title.

“They represent our program well, and it will be tough to see them go after this season,” he said. “But I am confident they will do well.”

They are among nine members of last year’s squad to have earned Division I scholarships.

Ninth Baseball Player Scores Division I College Scholarship

JSerra Catholic High School’s 2009 Trinity League championship team posted outstanding numbers on the field.

Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton
Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton

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.