A return to prominence this spring for the Cal baseball team begins with former Palma pitcher Sam Stoutenborough and Salinas High slugger Nathan Martorella.
Stoutenborough begins its junior season as one of the aces on the Bear staff, after going 8-7 in two seasons with a 4.60 earned running average.
The 6-foot right-hander – 3 – The Herald’s Baseball Player of the Year in 2017 – has been in the mid-90s with his fastball and has an evil curve. He has posted 64 strikes in 101 innings for the Bears.
Last year, Stoutenborough allowed 18 hits while meeting 89 hitters. He threw a seven-inning gem in his final start against the University of San Francisco.
As a first-year student in 2019, Stoutenborough Cal led in victories by eight, and often came into the match in relief in the second half.
Martorella, Herald’s Athlete of the Year in 2019, led Cal in homers last year as a true freshman with three before the season was halted due to the pandemic.
The 6-foot-1 left-handed swinging first baseman was listed as one of two players to have a breakout season at Cal by coach Mike Neu.
Martorella was a member of The Heralds All-County football and baseball teams, running in eight races and going 11 times on just 54 bats last year, starting 14 of the Bears ’15 games.
MPC appoints athletics teams from the entire decade
Steve Dorsey leads the Monterey Peninsula College men and men throughout the decade, earning a place as a high jumper and decathlete.
Dorsey, who prepped at Monterey High and also played basketball at MPC, piled up 6,759 points in the 2013 decade to set a school record.
Also on the team were sprinters Cordell Reed and Kevin Telford, jumper Isaiah Brown, throwers John Irving, Steve McEnroe and Tyron Trout-Lacey, pole vaulter Nicholas Pfieffer and distance runner Caleb Llorin-Hernandez.
Jayla Scholis, who earned a trip to Cal after a year at the MPC, anchored the women throughout the decade, having dominated 100 and 200 for the MPC, and placed in the state assembly in both, as well as the 400 and 1600 relays.
North County graduate BreAnn Scally got a place in the 100 hurdles and cycling, where she set a Lobos’ school record with 4419 points in 2016.
Tenisha Hill and Dominique Roan were named to the women’s team in the jumps, as were Latoya Allen and Nathalie Robinson in the throws, and Phoebe Stokes in the distance events.
Effective return for Olivares in Sacramento State
Jordan Olivares’ return from a foot injury has given the Sacramento State women’s basketball team a shot in the arm offensively.
The Sophomore Guard opened its season with a college career-high 16-point outing. In the four games since her return, the Seaside High candidate averaged 8.3 points per game for the Hornets, recording season-high six assists in the team’s final game.
Defensively, the 5-foot 8-player has been a five-steal demon recently to take over the 3.1-steal lead one night.
Olivares also handed out 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 20 minutes for the Hornets, hitting his first collegiate 3-point goal last week in a loss to Portland State.
The Heralds Basketball Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019, Olivares played in 26 games as a true rookie last winter for the Hornets, averaging 2.3 points and 13.1 minutes a game off the bench.
Olivares led Seaside to the program’s first Central Coast Section Division IV title in 2019, reaching the quarterfinals of Northern California Division III.
McNeely sat for the second season on the links of Tar Heels
After getting a little taste of ACC golf last spring before the pandemic shut down all sports, George McNeely will look to take the next step at the University of North Carolina.
One of the youngest players on the list, McNeely appeared in three events last year for Tar Heels, shooting a 73 in a couple of rounds to help the team win Beach at the Bash Tournament.
McNeely, who was third at the 2019 CIF State Finals for Carmel, is still technically a freshman, as last year’s shortened season did not count for any NCAA spring athlete. He was a member of the ACC’s academic honorary role.
McNeely was the MVP for Carmel’s golf team all four years, finishing second in the Northern California Finals in 2019. He is also a 10-time NorCal Golf Association Junior Tour Champion.
Flores’ Venezuelan Winter League season was short
Despite hitting .274 and being among Homer’s team leaders since his arrival, former King City High slugger Marc Flores was released by Magallanes from the Venezuelan Winter Leagues.
No reason was given, except that the team activated a 40-year-old veteran who had been out due to an injury suffered in the season opener.
The 6-foot-5 left-handed Flores – the only left in the team – had hit five homers in 22 games for Magallanes, and became a fan favorite in a short time for his power.
An MTAL all-leaguer in football, basketball and baseball in King City, Flores has gone 13 times in 74 at-bats, posting a .420 on-base percentage. He ran 10 races and scored 14.
The 28-year-old Flores had a career year in 2019 for Aguascalientes in the Mexican league, hitting 32 home races, running in 103 races in 104 games, and finishing with an average of.
An all-state first baseman in Hartnell, Flores, was drafted in the 30th round of the Chicago White Sox in 2014 out of the University of Hawaii.