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Redman is ‘The Man’ for Camarillo

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Blake Redman is 6-1 with a 1.15 ERA for the Camarillo High baseball team, which opens the playoffs today. © Iris Smoot/Acorn Newspapers
Blake Redman is a patient ball player.

Redman watched from the bench while his Camarillo High baseball team battled with Oxnard for the Pacific View League championship at home last week.

The senior right-hander pitched a complete game shutout against Rio Mesa on May 7, two days before the Scorpions faced Oxnard.

Redman is used to watching instead of being on the hill.

“It was rough,” Redman said about not being able to contribute in Camarillo’s 8-6 loss against the Yellowjackets. “Last year I was in that situation every time, just watching.”

Redman was the weekend starter, backing up Hunter Virant and Justin Chamberlain last season.

His patience paid off.

Redman gets the nod on the bump at 3:15 p.m. today for Camarillo’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round road game against Valencia of Placentia.

“We always saw potential with Blake,” Scorpion head coach John Gonzalez said. “He had to wait his turn. It was a gift and curse. He didn’t get many innings last year, but he learned a lot from Virant and Chamberlain.”

Redman sports a 6-1 record with 33 strikeouts and a 1.15 ERA in 61 innings of work. The Scorpion has only given up 10 earned runs, 45 hits and nine walks.

“Blake is the best pitcher in the league,” said junior second baseman/ shortstop Andy Morales. “He’s been dealing all year. He’s been clutch. His command, accuracy and velocity is on another level this year.”

Redman even got a chance to swing the bat this season, and the senior hasn’t disappointed. He has a .321 batting average and a .433 on-base percentage while batting third or cleanup in the lineup.

The pitcher didn’t hit much during his sophomore and junior seasons.

“I grew up as a hitter,” Redman said. “I’ve always wanted to hit. The coaches saw me hit during practice and decided to give me a chance. It’s fun seeing what type of pitches the opposing pitchers throw at me.”

Redman injured his right arm as a freshman and received a few at-bats on the junior varsity team.

The Scorpion captain is an offspeed pitcher with a filthy curveball and a devastating changeup.

“I wish I could get more strikeouts, but that’s not who I am,” said Redman, who plans on playing baseball at Oxnard College. “I’m able to pitch strikes and get hitters to groundout with my off-speed stuff.”

Baseball is in the Redman family blood. Redman’s older brother, Richard, and cousin Michael Erb were seniors on the 2010 Scorpion team.

Erb played baseball at Villanova before transferring to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Rich ard Redman studies chemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Blake Redman’s younger brother, Brian, is a freshman on the Camarillo boys’ junior varsity volleyball team.

Redman is an avid Yankees fan, like his cousin Jonathan Erb, a former Scorpion pitcher and ACHS graduate in 2007.

“Baseball has always been around me,” said Redman, who played on the Camarillo froshsoph boys’ basketball team as a freshman and sophomore. “Baseball is my passion. That’s all I want to do. I want to become a better baseball player.”

SCORPIONS WILL PLAY VALENCIA ON ROAD

The Scorpions aren’t completely over the Oxnard loss.

A victory in the regular-season finale against the Yellowjackets would have given Camarillo a share of the league title.

ACHS is prepared for its playoff battle with Valencia of Placentia, 21-6 overall.

Camarillo finished second in the league standings with a 10-5 record. The team is 14-11 overall.

“That was a heartbreaker,” junior infielder Morales said of the Oxnard loss. “It came down to the last innings. We were so close to becoming league champs. It’s tough, but we have to move on.”

The Scorpions could be without sophomore star Matt Whitney, who was hit in the head by a pitch against Channel Islands on April 30.

Whitney, who leads the team with a .347 batting average, missed the last three games of the regular season.

Morales moved from second to shortstop to fill Whitney’s position.

“We would love to have (Matt) back,” senior first baseman Connor Clark said. “We’ll be prepared if he can’t go. We have a lot of depth this year.

“Andy did a solid job at shortstop, and sophomore Chris Mckee did well off the bench.”

Camarillo started league play with a modest 4-4 record. The Scorpions went on to win 6 of their final 7 league games.

“I think the first time through the league we were feeling everyone out,” Clark said. “Now we’re playing with lots of confidence.”

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