By PETE BANDA
Special to the NEWS
After a third straight playoff season, the Greyhound baseball team continues to receive recognition in the weeks after the season ended. A total of nine players were named to one of the three 32-6A All-District teams last week.
Leading the way is future college baseball player Rowen Garcia, who was named to the First Team as both a pitcher and a 2nd baseman. Garcia was nothing short of spectacular in his senior campaign, going 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA over 30 innings pitched. In addition to his 34 strikeouts, Garcia never allowed an extra-base hit and maintained a staggering .897 Fielding Percent on 58 total chances. Garcia was the full package this season, hitting .300 while leading the team in extra-base hits.
“Rowen was a special player for us and his recognition was very much deserved,” added Head Coach Ram Partida. “He’s one of the hardest workers on the team and a leader.”
Angelo Villarreal also earned the double honor, being named First Team All-District Outfielder and Second Team All-District as a pitcher. As an outfielder, Villarreal had only three errors while recording an .880 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, his .262 ERA was one of the lowest in the district and his 19 strikeouts in only 16 innings was the best ratio in 32-6A.
Senior Thomas Flores rounded out the First Team selections as a First Baseman. Flores was near perfect this season, sporting a 1.000 fielding percentage on 77 total chances. Flores also checked all the boxes with a .308 batting average and 19 RBI’s. Flores’ consistency was a major reason for San Benito’s early season success.
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