Ayala High School’s Joe Naranjo

Ayala High School’s Joe Naranjo is among seven local baseball players nominated for this year’s Cal-Hi Sports All-State awards for the 2019 season.

Five Ayala and two Ontario Christian High baseball players earned nominations for the Cal-Hi Sports All-State awards for the 2019 season. 

Ayala finished the season at 25-6 overall, 12-3 in the Palomares League and is ranked 14th in the state by maxpreps.com

Ontario Christian (20-7 overall, 11-1 in the Ambassador League) won its first league title since 2013 and snapped Woodcrest Christian’s streak of 10 straight league titles this season. 

Woodcrest Christian and Ontario Christian shared the Ambassador League title in 2013.  

The Cal-Hi Sports All-State award winners will be announced next month. 

Ayala High seniors Dylan Cook, Joe Naranjo, John Pappas and Ethan Rivera and sophomore Cole Koniarsky earned nominations. 

Ontario Christian High seniors Moses Serrano and Aaron Zubiate also earned nominations. 

Naranjo hit .382 with a team-high eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 31 games. 

He also led the team in slugging percentage at .764.

Naranjo was 7-3 as a pitcher with a 1.25-earned run average and struck out a team-best 65 hitters in 61.2 innings.  

Cook batted .312 in 30 games, had 29 hits in 105 plate appearances, hit three home runs and knocked in 21 runs. 

On the mound, Cook had a team-best 8-1 record with a 1.35 earned-run average.  He tossed 62.1 innings and struck out 50 hitters. 

Pappas hit .368 with six home runs and 34 RBIs and did not commit an error this season with 190 chances. 

Rivera also did not commit and error this season with 58 chances and hit .286 playing in only 15 games this season. 

Koniarsky, who was named a 2019 Preseason All-American by Perfect Game, hit .385 with two home runs, 24 doubles and 25 RBIs. He was second on the team in at bats with 115. 

Only Naranjo had more at bats for Ayala High with 122. 

Serrano batted .346 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 27 games.  

He was second on the Knights in runs scored with 22 behind Zubiate, who scored 23 runs. Serrano led the team in hits with 28. 

Zubiate hit .325 with a home run, five doubles, 10 RBIs and recorded a team-high 11 stolen bases. 

He also had a .929 fielding percentage, recording two errors during the 2019 season.

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