After clinching the Coast Valley League title by beating Valley Christian Academy on Tuesday, May 10, and romping over underachieving and winless Shandon 25-1 the following day, the Coast Union baseball team is pointed toward the CIF Division 5A playoffs.
In the win over Shandon, Coast Union banged out 21 hits and received 11 walks, as the Outlaws pitchers struggled to throw strikes. Lane Sutherland had four hits. Magnus Marthaler and Riley Kennedy each chipped in with three hits.
Kennedy and Edgar Nunez each had four RBI; Will Stephenson, Cade Hollingsead and Marthaler each had three.
The pitching chores were handled by starter Auggie Johnson (in three innings he struck out seven and gave up a hit and a run); Kennedy (one inning and two strikeouts); and Marthaler (two hits and two strikeouts in one inning).
Coming into playoff week, Sutherland leads the team in batting average (.435), runs (20), hits (27), slugging percentage (.596), and stolen bases (16 in 17 attempts). Kennedy closed the regular season out with a .327 batting average (18 hits), followed by Jack MacKinnon (.312 with 15 hits), and Will Stephenson (.294 with 15 hits and 13 RBI). Nunez also drove in 13 runs.
Sophomore hurler Chase Volz ended the regular season with a 6-3 record and a microscopic 1.12 earned-run average; he tossed four complete games, struck out 47 in 56 innings and walked only 17 batters.
When it comes to CVL statistics and rankings, Sutherland’s .435 batting average ranked fifth, his .596 slugging percentage was third, and his 16 stolen bases topped the league’s list. Stephenson’s .992 fielding percentage led the CVL; Sutherland’s .983 fielding percentage was second in the league, and Kennedy’s .952 came in third in the CVL.
Volz led the league in wins with six, batters struck out (47), and ERA (1.12). As a hitter, Volz ranked fifth with a .500 on-base percentage.
Coast Union’s softball and baseball teams have home CIF Division 7 playoff games Friday, May 20.
▪ The baseball team (6-0 in CVL; 8-11 overall) hosts the Santa Clarita Valley International Stars, a charter school with 800 students. The Stars were 4-4 in the Omega League and 5-8 overall. It’s a 3:15 p.m. game on Friday.
The baseball game can be heard on KTEA-FM (103.5) beginning at 3 p.m.