For the second year in a row, Gehrig Kniffen’s baseball skills and savvy have landed him on the Tribune’s All-County second team. The graduated Coast Union senior said it was “humbling to be mentioned with all those players who play in better leagues in bigger schools.
“It is always an honor to be listed on the All-County team, and it’s always nice to get recognized for the work you put in,” Kniffen said. His statistics for the Broncos baseball season were impressive: He led the team in hits (29), average (.460) and runs (25); he stole 16 bases in 16 attempts and drove in 15 runs.
Meanwhile Jake McAvoy, the MVP for both the Broncos and the Coast Valley League, was given honorable mention on the Tribune’s All-County Team. Jake hit .396, led the team in runs batted in (18), scored 20 runs, had 22 hits, and stole 10 bases in as many tries.
McAvoy provided a big dose of added value to the team with his steady work on the mound. He went 5-2 with a stingy ERA (1.70); he struck out 50 batters in 57.2 innings and gave up just 14 earned runs.
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As for Kniffen’s college plans, he is enrolled in Cabrillo Community College in Santa Cruz County, and also he will be a volunteer for the varsity basketball program at UC Santa Cruz.
“I’m hoping to get into coaching,” Kniffen explained as to why he will volunteer with the UC Santa Cruz basketball program.
After a year at Cabrillo Community College, Kniffen has plans to be a walk- on at the UC Santa Cruz varsity basketball program.
McAvoy is enrolled at College of the Siskiyous, a community college in Northern California, where he will major in business and — having been greeted by the baseball coach and offered a spot on the roster — will pitch for the Eagles.
“I was kind of surprised to get honorable mention,” McAvoy explained in a phone interview.
“My teammates and what I produced this season helped me to get honorable mention.
“It’s pretty cool,” McAvoy said. “I’m pumped up to be playing fall ball up there. The coach researched my baseball record, and he’s giving me a chance to be a starter, or a spot in the rotation as a closer or a reliever.”
When he finishes his collegiate sports career and his studies, McAvoy said he is interested in getting into the banking business at some level.