Quinten Raethke was, no doubt, very pleased to be named Outstanding Offensive Player for the 2013 Broncos, winners of the Coast Valley League with a 10-0 record. After all, the 6-foot, 3-inch Raethke led the team with a .407 batting average, scored 19 runs and drove in 19 runs while stealing 21 bases in 22 attempts.
And when he wasn’t playing second base, Raethke was on the mound, appearing in 13 games, striking out 63 hitters in 51.2 innings and featuring a sparkling 2.85 earned run average. He won four, lost three, including two complete game victories and three saves.
But there were more awards to come. On June 11, word came that Raethke had been honored as a member of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 First Team for 2013.
And on Sunday, June 16, The Tribune gave Raethke an “Honorable Mention” as pitcher and second baseman on the All-County Baseball Teams.
Raethke, who was named MVP of the Coast varsity basketball team last fall — leading the team with 323 points and 194 rebounds — showed leadership off the playing fields by serving as treasurer/secretary of Coast Union’s Junior Class in 2012.
Responding to a request for comment following the CIF award, Bronco baseball head coach Brian Machado said Raethke is “a key player. He bats in the middle of the lineup, and he’s a good one.”
Machado recalled Raethke’s clutch performance against Concordia High School at Sylmar — Coast’s second playoff game on May 21. Raethke was nursing a leg injury, so there was a question as to his availability prior to that game.
“We weren’t going to start him,” Machado recalls, “but he said, ‘Start me fresh,’ so we did, to see how far he could go.” Raethke rewarded his coach’s decision by shutting out the Cougars for six full innings, throwing 115 pitches, striking out five and giving up just four hits.
Grant Magnuson came on in the seventh inning of that game and closed it out for a save.
“He’s a bulldog,” Machado said of Raethke. “Playing hurt, he gives us six innings in a playoff game. Next year those guys will all be seniors and we’re not going to let up next year — I’ll let those guys pound away.”
As to Raethke being named to the First Team in CIF’s Division 7, Machado added: “That gives him a boost right there. He has stepped up and become a leader. I’m proud of that guy.”