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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 is the designated hitter after putting up impressive numbers for the Lightning. Yorita led the area with 32 runs batted in, 42 hits, 11 doubles and a .608 slugging percentage. He batted .433 with 11 doubles, 23 runs and a .505 on-base percentage. Yorita earned first-team All-Academy League honors after helping Sage Hill clinch an at-large berth into the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs. Yorita went three for four with one double in Sage Hill's 12-2 wild-card win at Hamilton of Anza.

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Max Stone

Corona del Mar

Junior second baseman became one of the Sea Kings' most reliable hitters. Stone drove in 22 runs, tying him for first with the Sea Kings, and doubled eight times, tops at the school. He batted .333 and scored nine runs. Stone, an All-Pacific Coast League honorable mention, helped the Sea Kings place third in league and return to the CIF Southern Section postseason after missing it the previous season. In CdM's 5-0 win against Beverly Hills in a Division 3 wild-card game, Stone went three for four with an RBI.

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Ben Beck

Estancia

Junior right fielder led by example by hustling for the Eagles. Beck set the table in the second part of the Eagles' season. He was the ideal leadoff man because of his speed and bunting skills. He received first-team All-Orange Coast League accolades after hitting .364 with 14 runs batted in, three doubles, two triples and 23 runs. He led Estancia with 16 steals in 18 tries. Beck played a vital role to Estancia reaching the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the third straight season, the first under first-year coach Nate Goellrich.

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Hunter Heckendorn

Corona del Mar

Junior third baseman played the hot corner at a high level for the Sea Kings. Heckendorn, a second-team All-Pacific Coast League selection, was a big reason why the earned-run average of the Sea Kings' pitching staff was 3.21. He batted .250 with six runs batted in, seven doubles, one triple and 11 runs. Heckendorn went two for three with a double and a triple, and scored a run in CdM's CIF Southern Section Division 3 first-round playoff game at Lancaster.

david.carrillo@latimes.com

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