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.