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CdM’s Schwartz, Martinez earn top Pacific Coast League awards

By Daily Pilot - Staff Reportes, 06/21/17, 11:30AM PDT


Corona del Mar High shortstop J.T. Schwartz took home the Pacific Coast League MVP award, and Chazz Martinez was the Pitcher of the Year after the two juniors lifted the Sea Kings to their first baseball league championship in 11 years.

Schwartz and Martinez are on the first team with two teammates, junior center fielder Preston Hartsell and Alex Shadid, a senior second baseman and pitcher. The quartet led CdM (20-7, 12-3 in league) to the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The Sea Kings lost in eight innings to Chino Hills Ayala 8-3 in a Division 2 first-round game at home.

Schwartz, a UCLA commit, batted .459 with four home runs and 24 runs batted in. Schwartz, a two-time first-team selection, had 11 doubles, a .520 on-base percentage and a .729 slugging percentage. He scored 28 runs and walked 10 times.

Corona del Mar High junior Chazz Martinez was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year. Martinez finished 6-4 with a 2.11 earned-run average, striking out 65 and walking 35 in 63 innings.

The left-hander threw one shutout and had one save.

The UC Santa Barbara commit hit .383 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. He had eight doubles, one triple, scored 17 runs and walked 12 times.

Hartsell, a USC commit, batted .427 with six home runs and 22 RBIs. Hartsell, a two-time first-team pick, had a .510 on-base percentage and a .764 slugging percentage. He doubled six times, tripled three times, scored 28 runs, walked 11 times and stole seven of nine bases.

Shadid hit .271 with 21 RBIs, four doubles and 12 runs.

As a pitcher, Shadid went 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA. He struck out 26 and walked six in 29 2/3 innings.

Three CdM sophomores — third baseman Reece Berger, pitcher Tommy Wilcox and left fielder Nolan Dunn — made the second team.