Postseason team awards

Varsity

The Arm Luke Hardy

Big Stick Cole Harper

Mr. Utility Jorge Landeros

Clutch Sebastian Fabricius

Coaches Award Ryan Janeiro

Junior Varsity

The Arm AJ Schultz

Big Stick OJ Calleja

The Glove Giovannni Gonzalez

Coaches Award Kenji Lee

With the 2018 Del Norte baseball season at an end, the Warriors came together last week to pass out their postseason team awards, along with the team’s one White Star award due to its fourth place Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League finish.

Senior catcher Cole Harper earned the second White Star of his high school baseball career, and his first since 2016 after leading the Warriors offensively all season, as well as playing solid defense behind the plate. Harper played left field when he earned a White Star as a sophomore.

“He carried us for a lot of the year with his timely hits,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “He scored a lot of runs for us, he hit a lot of runs in, and he played really well defensively and kept a lot of runs from scoring. He was just a big part of the whole team.”

Harper also picked up the “Big Stick” team award for his hitting this season. The senior was especially productive during Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 competition where he had a blistering .457 batting average through 12 league games this year, while leading the Big 5 with a slugging percentage of .857 and tying for the league lead with 15 RBI.

In addition to Harper’s White Star, seniors Ryan Janeiro, Jorge Landeros, Sebastian Fabricius and Luke Hardy all received honorable mention. All four of the seniors also received some team awards for their efforts this season.

Luke Hardy was named Del Norte’s “Big Arm.”

“He was our go-to pitcher,” Johnson said. “We tried to get him out there as often as we could. He was our number one strike thrower. He was just really good at hitting his spots, he has a knack for keeping the ball down and out of the batter’s wheelhouse. He actually came around with his bat this year too, so he turned into an all-around good payer for us.”

Hardy finished tied for the lead amongst Big 5 pitchers with three wins in league games this year, while going 3-1 in four starts and also picking up a save. Hardy was 6-1 as a starter overall this year.

Senior Jorge Landeros was generally a solid-fielding second basemen for the Warriors this season, but coaches felt comfortable moving him all over the infield, and even into the outfield if need be. That is why the coaches named him “Mr. Utility.”

“He would play anywhere,” Johnson said. “We could put him at second, we could put him at short or at third, or out in left field. We could put him anywhere we wanted to on the field and we knew that he was going to give 110 percent every time. As long as he was in there, he didn’t care where he was playing.”

Although Landeros bounced around the defensive lineup, he was the Warriors leadoff hitter all season long, finishing with a .337 batting average.

Ryan Janeiro was another versetile weapon for the Warriors this season as an infielder and pitcher, with a .344 batting average.

“Ryan is just an all-around good ballplayer,” Janeiro said. “He is one of those kids that can also play pretty much anywhere. He did a good job for us on the mound, he worked hard at short stop, he swung the bat well. As coaches you just have to appreciate the way that he played the game.”

Although not generally thought of as a power hitter, Janeiro tied for the team home run crown this season with Harper after both Warriors hit two round trippers apiece this season. Del Norte was the only Big 5 team with more than one home run all season.

Senior Sebastian Fabricius had a good year at the plate but he seemed to have even better timing. Fabricius ended the Big 5 season with nine base hits that managed to bring in eight RBI. Over the course of the entire seson Fabricius actually recorded more RBI (17) than base hits (15), while hitting .312 for the season as the ninth batter in Del Norte’s line up. Fabricius was even more productive in the 12 HD Big 5 games this year when he was second on the team with a .346 batting average. Fabricius was named “Clutch” by the coaches for his work this season.

“It seemed like every time he would come up in the nine spot we would have guys on base and he would make sure that he would get those guys in,” Johnson said. “He would just get a hit and drive some runs in, and a lot of the time it was with two outs.”

Del Norte finished the season with a 13-12 overall record.

“All the kids contributed this year and everybody worked hard,” Johnson said. “I thought we had a great year.”

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