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McCormack quite the ace

Daily Pilot Baseball Dream Team

McCormack is the Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year after a successful senior year with CdM.

July 10, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

Senior catcher showed his versatility and leadership skills again for the Sea Kings. Lawson started at catcher after playing in the infield and outfield the previous seasons and he continued to produce. Lawson, the Dream Team Player of the Year in football, caught the area's top baseball player, Andrew McCormack. Lawson, who is bound for Yale, hit an area-best four home runs and batted .253 with 20 runs batted in, six doubles, one triple, and went eight for eight in stolen-base attempts. He earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League accolades. Lawson is a two-time Dream Team pick.

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Jordan Desguin

Newport Harbor

Senior shortstop batted from both sides of the plate for the first time and he excelled for the Sailors. Desguin hit .413 in Sunset League play, the second highest batting average in league, said Coach Patrick Murphy. During a nine-game stretch, he batted .630. Desguin finished with a .364 average, tying him for first on the Sailors, to go with seven runs batted in, five doubles and one triple. Desguin, who is bound for Florida State, earned first-team All-Sunset League honors and played in the Ryan Lemmon Senior Showcase game between the Sunset League and Trinity League.

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Andres Hernandez

Estancia

Senior pitcher always went up against the best. Hernandez went 5-2 with a 1.50 earned-run average, the lowest for a starter in the history of Estancia's program, said Coach Nate Goellrich. He said Hernandez broke the 1.59 ERA mark set in 1988. Hernandez almost went the distance in half of his 10 starts, tossing four complete games. His longest stint lasted 10 innings against Fountain Valley. Hernandez, a second-team All-Orange Coast League selection, struck out 43 and walked 15 in 65 innings. He hit .302 with 22 runs batted in. Hernandez is a two-time Dream Team pick.

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Shaun Vetrovec

Newport Harbor

Sophomore pitcher turned into a dynamic player for the Sailors. He stepped into the ace's role after the projected No. 1 starter dealt with an injury. Vetrovec went on to collect half of Newport Harbor's six victories. He went 3-4 with a 3.14 earned-run average and struck out 35 batters in 42 1/3 innings. Vetrovec, a second-team All-Sunset League selection, also could hit. He batted .329 with 12 runs batted in and five doubles, and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning against Los Alamitos to secure the Sailors' first league victory.

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Billy Macdonald

Corona del Mar

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