By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High School’s Bulldog baseball team placed six athletes on the All Palomar League 2011 Baseball team.
Drake Blake and Jackson Willeford were selected to the first team. Blake, a senior center fielder, hit .370 with 25 RBI. He slugged four home runs and legged out 12 doubles and five triples. He was the premier defensive center fielder in the Palomar League.
“Blake will be sorely missed,” said Coach Dean Welch, who is also a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. “He is a phenomenal athlete. He is the best outfielder in San Diego County hands down.”
Blake also was used as a relief pitcher. He had a 1-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA in six innings pitched. He struck out seven.
Willeford, a junior, was selected as the first team shortstop. Willeford led the Bulldogs in hitting (.381), slugging percentage (.714), doubles (17), stolen bases (11) and home runs (6). He was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases.
“Jackson is a game changer. He is exciting to watch. He is tremendous offensively and defensively,” stated Welch.
Senior pitcher Jason Snodgrass was selected to the second team. Snodgrass had five wins and one save. He recorded a team low 2.62 ERA with 57 strike outs in 58.6 innings.
“Jason really stepped it up this year. He was a big reason for our success. He is a kid you find yourself rooting for,” said Welch.
Junior Beau Sulser was selected to the second team. He pitched, played third base and hit. Sulser won seven games on the hill. He pitched four complete games and recorded a 2.97 ERA. He led the team with 77 strikeouts in 77 innings. He hit .354 with 25 RBI, 11 doubles and four triples.
“He has electric stuff on the hill,” said Welch. “He is an intense competitor. He can beat you with his arm and his bat. He can beat anybody.”
Senior Michael Scodellaro and junior John James Battaglia were named honorable mention. Scodellaro hit .326 with 16 RBIs.
“He was on fire in the last month and in the playoffs,” said Welch. “He is a hard worker with a great stroke.”
Battaglia hit .333 with 12 RBIs.
“He improved day after day. He was a very tough out and is very strong in many areas,” said Welch.