Awards season for spring sports is nearing its end and several members of the incoming Saint Mary’s baseball class have some new hardware to add to the trophy case before heading to Moraga in the fall.
Right-handed pitcher Tim Holdgrafer enjoyed another standout season for La Jolla High School and that impressive campaign earned him one of the more prestigious awards in California high school baseball as he was named San Diego-area player of the year by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Holdgrafer went 9-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 59 innings and, when he wasn’t pitching, hit .465 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 15 doubles.
A little further north, Buchanan-Clovis right-hander Conner Loeprich was named co-outstanding pitcher of the year by the Fresno Bee after leading the Bears to the Central Section Division I championship. Loeprich went 9-0 with a 1.22 ERA to cap a high school career in which he went 25-6 on the mound.
Left-hander Ty Madrigal added to the list of award-winning future Gaels as he shared Sacramento Bee Player of the Year honors with his twin brother, Nick. The Elk Grove High senior played right field and served as the team’s ace on the mound as he went 10-3 to lead the Thundering Herd to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. He also hit .320 with seven doubles and 14 RBI.
Finally, a pair of incoming players a little closer to Moraga added all-league honors to their list of achievements. Monte Vista High-Danville shortstop Charles Zaloumis was named first team all-East Bay Athletic League while Saint Francis-Mountain View shortstop Conor Thane earned second team all-West Catholic Athletic League.