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  By BLAINE CLEMMENS | Special to SportStars Last spring SportStars became the official media partner of Bay Area World Series (BAWS) and that...


By BLAINE CLEMMENS | Special to SportStars

Last spring SportStars became the official media partner of Bay Area World Series (BAWS) and that relationship will continue in 2013. 

Starting in 2004, BAWS is the longest running and most successful showcase-focused organization in Northern California. This summer, BAWS will be held at its traditional home, Schott Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University, June 21-23. BAWS 2013 will focus mainly on the region’s top 2014 graduates (current juniors). This season Spalding has come on board as the title sponsor of BAWS.

A second major BAWS event will debut later in the summer, BAWS Underclass.  BAWS Underclass will take place at beautiful Baggett Stadium on the campus of Cal Poly in scenic San Luis Obispo, July 19-21. Cal Poly was actually the host of BAWS 2012 due to Schott Stadium field renovations. The venue, the weather, the city, and the cooperation of the Cal Poly coaching staff was outstanding, leading to BAWS Underclass which will feature 144 current freshmen and sophomores.

BAWS has been a staple of the recruiting/scouting circuit for college coaches since 2004, and along with having many of the region’s top juniors in attendance there has always been a good representation of talented sophomores too. However, a good showcase featuring underclassmen has been lacking and that is why it is time for BAWS Underclass. More than ever, college coaches are on the lookout for early information about up and coming players. Yes, even as young as freshmen.

Last year BAWS was won by the Contra Costa team, as they defeated the North Bay 11-9 in a very offensive championship game. The big blow came off the bat of De La Salle’s outstanding two-sport athlete, Austin Lonestar, who clubbed a grand slam to put the game out of reach. As of this writing, Lonestar is still uncommitted and plans to play college baseball.  

Lonestar earned the Spalding BAWS MVP Award for his championship game performance. Other award winners: Dominic Miroglio (2013) of Bishop O’Dowd won the Brett Jackson Award for Most Outstanding Player; Ben Hughes (2014) of Valley Christian-San Jose won the Bryan Shaw Award for Most Outstanding Pitcher; Marcus Wise (2013) of Deer Valley-Antioch won the Spalding Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award; and Cole Duerr of Fremont-Sunnyvale earned the Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Most Inspirational Player Award.

Some previous BAWS participants who signed with D1 programs last fall:

Player, school College
Chris Baker, St. Francis-Mtn. View Washington
Stevie Berman, Saratoga Santa Clara
Connor Brogdon, Liberty-Madera Fresno State
Justin Calomeni, Bellarmine Prep-San Jose Cal Poly
Michael Echavia, Amador Valley-Pleasanton Hawaii
Kevin Flemer, St. Mary’s-Berkeley Oregon State
Kevin George, Casa Grande-Petaluma Santa Clara
Daniel Jackson, Amador Valley-Pleasanton Long Beach State
Jack Klein, St. Ignatius-SF Stanford
Alex Martinez, James Logan-Union City Cal
Steven McLean, Los Altos Baylor
Dominic Miroglio, Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland UCLA
Paul Murray, Serra-San Mateo Western Kentucky
Blake Peters, Serra-San Mateo UC Davis
Kort Peterson, St. Francis-Mtn. View UCLA
Marco Pierce, Clovis West-Fresno Oregon
Orlando Razo, Serra-San Mateo UC Davis
John Riley, Willow Glen-San Jose Cal
Boston Romero, Rodriguez-Fairfield Sacramento State
Carlos Salaazar, Kerman Fresno State
Jason Seever, Castro Valley Santa Clara
Trent Shelton, Campolindo-Moraga Oregon State
Brett Stephens, Campolindo-Moraga UCLA
Zach Stone, Eureka UC Davis
Michael Strem, St. Francis-Mtn. View Boston College
Robbie Tenerowicz, Campolindo-Moraga Cal


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