Coach Kay Featured in the Capistrano Dispatch

JSerra senior pitcher Brandon Heinrich

By Steve Breazeale, Capistrano Dispatch

After the season, coach Brett Kay made it clear that he wanted to have the Lions playing all summer against top level talent. Since the school year ended, the Lions have played ball every week as part of an intensive schedule drawn up by Kay and his coaching staff. We caught up with Kay to see how things were shaping up for the Lions in summer ball.

Capistrano Dispatch: It looks like your team has been busy this summer. What’s on the schedule this week?

Brett Kay: We’ve been very busy. We just got back from playing in Fresno at the Buchannon Baseball Summer Elite Tournament (July 6 to July 8), and we are on our way to the OC Valley Challenge (July 12) where we’ll play against teams like Harvard Westlake.

CD: How do you feel the team held up at the Buchannon Tournament?

BK: I used the first couple of games as a measuring stick. We have a lot of new players that were coming in, and we played well in the first two games. I was happy to see that.

CD: Tell us what this summer schedule will do for the young players on your team. How will it help the older guys?

BK: We’ve already played 17 games up to this point and we still have five more to go so we’ve played a ton of games. The main thing is to build experience for all the kids. We have a lot of guys missing out on this because of their travel ball teams, but it’s given us a chance to see other guys step up.

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch – Q A With JSerra Baseball Coach Brett Kay

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.

For more on the Lions Baseball Program, click here.

JSerra Alum Corey Miller is a Homerun at Pepperdine

JSerra Alum and Pepperdine University Freshman Corey Miller received a tribute as he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.

Miller, a reliever who appeared in 19 games, was at his best this season vs. conference opponents, ending the year with a 1.08 earn run average and 10 strikeouts. He also notched his first career save in a game at Portland, blanking the Pilots over the final three innings with a game-high of four strikeouts. Miller matched this strikeout total a second time verses Santa Clara.

Miller didn’t make his collegiate debut until mid-March, but started his career with 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings out of the bullpen, silencing the likes of Louisville, Coastal Carolina, Dayton, Cal Poly and BYU.

Pepperdine finished 2011 with an overall record of 22-34 and a 7-14 mark against the West Coast Conference. The Waves are currently in Italy, interspersing their sight-seeing schedule with games verses the Montepaschi Orioles Grosseto and Rome’s Nettuno Italian Baseball League. Pepperdine faced the Orioles on Tuesday night and will take on Nettuno on June 4.

Class of 2010 JSerra alumn, Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay and 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.

To read the official press release click Waves. 

May Duo Take on Coach Kay’s Baseball Camp

Ryan May (left) and Kyle May (right) currently attend Pioneer and will attend JSerra upon graduating from Pioneer

This summer brothers Kyle May (13) and Ryan May (12) take on their first Coach Kay Baseball Camp. It may be summer but this duo isn’t sitting on the couch. JSerra Blog talks with the May duo to see what these video-game-loving athletes have to say about camp, friends and what their jam-packed summer plans are.

Name: Kyle May

Grade: 8th

School: Pioneer

Sport: Baseball

Age: 13

Attending JSerra: YES!

Interests/hobbies:

I love sports statistics I think I can name any stat you ask, Baseball, Fantasy League my mom thinks I’m too good and might try to take up a career in it and I am a thrill seeker I could ride any roller coaster at any theme park, it’s such a rush.

Summer Plans:

I want to go to Missouri to visit family and I’m playing in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in August, just after I catch my first Blue Jays game.

What did you like about the baseball camp?

I really like that the camp is fast paced and well coached. I’m excited for the rest of the week.

Why did you choose JSerra?

I choose JSerra because of the academics, the baseball facility and baseball team are all really great.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

I’m really looking forward to going to New York to play baseball and learning from Coach Kay.

Any sports related injuries?

I actually broke my finger at bat that ended up giving us a lead in the game which later we won.

Ryan May after his first day at the Coach Kay Baseball Camp

Name: Ryan May

Grade: 6th

School: Pioneer

Sport: Baseball

Age: 12

Attending JSerra: I really want to

Interests/hobbies:

I playing NBA 2K11, playing with my dog and going to the park with my friends to play wiffle ball.

Summer Plans:

Going to Colorado the play in the Triple Crown World Series with my travel team and going to the pool and beach, playing baseball and football.

What did you like about the baseball camp?

I like that they teach every aspect of the game, I can play all the positions except short stop so I hope to build my skills with Coach Kay.

Why did you choose JSerra?

I like that it’s a Catholic School, and that JSerra is good at all of their sports.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

I can’t wait to go play in Colorado with my travel team and I’m really looking forward to the scrimmage games during the camp at JSerra.