Daily News All-Area Baseball: Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer and Duncan Marsten receive top honors

Daily News All-Area Baseball: Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer and Duncan Marsten receive top honors

DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA BASEBALL 2024

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer hits a double against St. Francis March 8 2024. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Bryce Rainer, Harvard-Westlake, Senior

Harvard-Westlake’s offense knew how to make an immediate statement with Bryce Rainer as the leadoff hitter. Professional scouts lined the fences during games to get a look at not just his hitting, but also his play at shortstop.

The Mission League player of the year and All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 honoree managed a .511 batting average and .621 on-base percentage ahead of either a professional career or a collegiate career — whichever he chooses.

“We’re just going out there and having fun,” Rainer said during the season.

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer fields a hard hit ball during a game against St. Francis March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer bats against St. Francis March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer, #34, wrapped up the game for the win during 7th inning action on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Harvard-Westlake defeated Notre Dame 2-1 in a Mission League game. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer hits a double against St. Francis March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Bryce Rainer #34 of Harvard-Westlake scores on a double by teammate James Tronstein (not pictured) of Harvard-Westlake against Bonita in the first inning of a prep second round playoff baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake pitcher #34 Bryce Rainer (L) slides into 3rd base safe as they take on San Dimas during the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals Friday Encino CA, May 10, 2024. Harvard-Westlake took the win 5-4 over San Dimas.
(Photo by Gene BlevinsContributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer is all smiles after reaching first on a hit March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer, right, is tagged out by Orange Lutheran catcher Brady Murrietta at home trying to score in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal baseball playoff in Orange on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer heads to third against Chaminade during Mission League baseball action March 27, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer throws to second base on a double play attempt against Chaminade during Mission League baseball action March 27, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer, right, is safe at second as Orange Lutheran’s Gabe Fraser takes the late throw in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal baseball playoff in Orange on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Miguel Villegas, #10, left, and Bryce Rainer, #34, walk off with a win over Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Harvard-Westlake defeated Notre Dame 2-1 in a Mission League game. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake Bryce Rainer #34 throws to first to try and get an out during the CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball championship game in Lake Elsinore against Corona Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Foulk Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Bryce Rainer prepares to bat against St. Francis High School March 8 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

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Rainer logged 48 hits, 36 runs and 17 stolen bases this season heading into the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game against Corona. At shortstop, he registered 39 put-outs and 54 assists.

“He’s arguably one of the best bats in the country, I would say,” Harvard-Westlake coach Jared Halpert said. “So you’re either gonna risk him squaring up a ball or you’re gonna walk him and now you’ve got a well above-average runner on the bases.”

He also pitched 23 innings and held a 1.83 ERA while striking out 35 hitters and walking 14.

“Whenever I’m called upon to help my team, I’m ready to go,” Rainer said.

Harvard-Westlake dropped only one Mission League game, to Chaminade, this season and tied another one against Sierra Canyon. They fell to rival Orange Lutheran twice but also beat the Lancers twice — one winning occasion was the CIF-SS semifinal game that sent the Wolverines to the Division 1 championship game.

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Duncan Marsten, Harvard-Westlake, Senior

Harvard-Westlake pitcher Duncan Marsten reacts after fielding a ball and throwing out a Chaminade batter during Mission League baseball action March 27, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake’s Duncan Marsten came into his senior season seemingly unburdened by the injury and Tommy John surgery that kept him off the mound the two years prior.

He was locked in as the Wolverines’ ace to go 11-1. Heading into the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game against Corona, he held a 1.63 ERA with 66 strikeouts. Marsten threw the first complete game of his career against San Dimas to get Harvard-Westlake to the semifinals.

Marsten is a Wake Forest commit and also a 2024 MLB Draft prospect.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Nicholas Boldt, Heritage Christian, Sophomore

Nicholas Boldt led Heritage Christian in batting average (.469), on-base percentage (.500), hits (45) and doubles (13) on his way to earning a nod on the All CIF-SS Division 7 team.

The sophomore also tacked on 29 runs, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases as he started to look more and more like the future of Heritage Christian baseball.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jim Ozella, Hart

Hart High School baseball coach Jim Ozella looks on against West Ranch April 19, 2024. Hart won the game, 5-3.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Jim Ozella went out on top after his 25-year career as Hart’s head coach. He guided Hart to a CIF-SS Division 2 title — the program’s first title since 1999. Hart also won its third Foothill League title in the last four seasons and  dropped only two league games, both to Saugus.

Ozella compiled an overall record of 467-247 at Hart and was known for his strategic style of play and even keel in addition to his sense of humor.

PITCHERS

Anthony Camas, Paraclete, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 4, 9-3, 1.38 ERA, 84 Ks

Troy Cooper, Hart, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 2, All-Foothill League first team, 1.32 ERA, 93 Ks

Ian Edwards, Hart, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 2, Foothill League Pitcher of the Year, 1.06 ERA, 48 Ks

Michael Figueroa, Birmingham Charter, Sr.

All-City Section Open Division first team

Jordan Kingston, Calabasas, Sr. 

Marmonte League co-Pitcher of the Year, 8-1, 1.49 ERA, 47 Ks, three complete games, one shutout

Calabasas pitcher Jordan Kingston throws to home plate during their CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoff game against Norco, Friday, May 5, 2023, at Calabasas. Calabasas won 9-3. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Nate Kugler, Notre Dame, Sr. 

All-Mission League first team, 8-2, 0.95 ERA, 60 Ks

Jacob Magna, Harvard-Westlake, Sr. 

All-Mission League first team, 5-0, 1.04 ERA, 26 Ks

Dylan Volantis, Westlake, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 2 8-1, Marmonte League co-Pitcher of the Year, .33 ERA, 96 Ks

Westlake’s Dylan Volantis fires off a pitch against Arcadia during a CIF Southern Section Division 2 baseball quarterfinals game at Arcadia High School on Friday, May 10, 2024. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

FIELD PLAYERS

Taylor Busch, Moorpark, Jr.

All-CIF-SS Division 2, All-Coastal Canyon League first team, .292 BA, 26 hits, 19 runs, 13 RBIs, .10 stolen bases

Nate Castellon, Calabasas, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 1, Marmonte League MVP, .500 BA, 43 hits, 33 runs, 13 RBIs, 10 stolen bases

Elijah Clayton, Oaks Christian, Sr. 

All-Marmonte League first team, .333 BA, 27 hits, 18 runs, 12 RBIs, one home run

Jay B Dalumpines, Birmingham Charter, Sr.

All LA City Section Open Division First Team

Ryan De La Maza, Hart, Sr.

CIF-SS Division 2 Player of the Year, Foothill League Player of the Year, .352 BA, 32 hits, 21 runs, 22 RBIs, 10 stolen bases

Holden Deitch, St. Francis, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 4, All-Mission League first team, .362 BA, 29 hits, 20 runs, 12 RBIs, .480 OBP, five stolen bases

St. Francis’ Holden Deitch makes a diving catch fduring a Mission League game against Chaminade on March 31, 2023. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Cody Gallegos, Sierra Canyon, So.

All-Mission League first team, .375 BA, .432 OBP

Nolan Johnson, Westlake, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 2, All-Marmonte League first team, .446 BA, 23 runs, 36 RBIs, nine doubles, seven stolen bases

Lucas Martinov, Grace, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 3, .384 BA, 33 hits, 23 runs, 19 RBIs, eight doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases

Luke Medhurst, Newbury Park, Sr. 

All-Marmonte League first team, .396 BA, 36 hits, 15 runs, 16 RBIs, .513 OBP, 10 stolen bases

Zach Nagy, Royal, Jr.

All-Coastal Canyon League first team, .373 BA, 31 hits, 23 runs, 16 RBIs, 11 doubles, four triples, .10 stolen bases

Winston Peterson, Village Christian, Sr. 

All-CIF-SS Division 6, .286 BA, 22 hits, 19 runs, two home runs, .434 OBP, 16 stolen bases, 92 put-outs

Jacob Shannon-Wilkerson, Moorpark, Sr. 

All-Coastal Canyon League first team, .282 BA, 29 hits, 28 runs, 25 stolen bases, 70 put-outs

Robert Snyder, Burbank, Jr.

All-CIF-SS Division 3, .432 BA, .449 OBP, 13 runs

Levi Sterling, Notre Dame, Sr. 

All-Mission League first team, .319 BA, 30 hits, 20 runs, 18 RBIs, three home runs, .396 OBP, 42 put-outs

Notre Dame’s Levi Sterling pitches during a 4-0 win in the championship game of the National Classic against El Dorado on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Nolan Stoll, West Ranch, Jr. 

All-Foothill League first team, .380 BA, 30 hits, 15 runs, 11 RBIs, .480 OBP, three stolen bases, 185 put-outs

Ethan Tibert, Village Christian, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 6, .421 BA, 32 hits, 25 runs, 19 RBIs, five home runs, .542 OBP

Vinny Van der Wel, Chaminade, Sr. 

All-Mission League first team, .381 BA, 37 hits, 15 runs, 23 RBIs, .410 OBP, three stolen bases

Quentin Young, Oaks Christian, Jr. 

All-Marmonte League first team, .353 BA, 30 hits, 20 runs, 18 RBIs, three triples, one home run

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