Camarillo’s Lucas makes contact at plate

Andrew Lucas with a bat.

Andrew Lucas is on his way to becoming the face of Camarillo High’s baseball program. The outfielder and pitcher spent last season impressing coaches as one of three freshmen on a junior varsity squad that had a 12-11-1 record. It’s only a matter of time until Lucas, who will be a sophomore this fall, roams […]

Matt Whitney rules dancefloor, baseball diamond

Matt Whitney is catching the ball.

There’s no stopping Matt Whitney once he gets going. His Camarillo High baseball teammates say he hardly sits still. “He’s a dancer,” senior Ramon Gomez said of Whitney. A third-year varsity standout, Whitney has no shame busting a move. “I like to dance,” Whitney said. “I listen to everything from country music to classic rock […]

Redman is ‘The Man’ for Camarillo

Boy is playing baseball.

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 […]

Rio Mesa beats Buena in Div. 2 wild-card game

Boys are having fun.

They slugged it out for 6.1 innings, but not with their bats. Big pitches and big defensive plays crushed threats, stymied rallies and kept the Rio Mesa and Buena highs baseball teams locked in a 1-1 tie. After one final stellar defensive play in the bottom of the seventh, came the breakthrough. Riley Fagan grounded […]

Star Athlete of the week: Ryan Abraham

Smiling boy Abraham, headshot.

Class: Sophomore Sport: Baseball With two big outings, the sophomore has pitched the Spartans into the thick of the Pacific View League race. He defeated first-place Oxnard on March 28, 4-3, and followed with 1-0 victory over arch rival Camarillo on Friday night. Pitching under the lights at Freedom Park, he allowed just two hits […]

Channel Islands’ Minier finds the right approach for success

Smiling boy Minier, headshot.

Greg Minier measures in at a sturdy 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, possesses a strong left pitching arm and swings a potent bat. But it’s what’s between his ears that is hastening his development as a collegiate prospect. “I know I’m listening to my coaches and trying to learn the lessons,” says the Channel Islands High […]

Maciel is a center-field speedster

Boy is holding a bat.

Adam Maciel considers every ball hit in the gap a footrace. And with his combination of instinct, quickness and speed, the Pacifica High center fielder doesn’t lose many races in the outfield. “He’s able to run down so many balls,” coach Ray Urias said. “When the ball’s in the air, we’ll say ‘Oh, you’re out.’ […]

Rio Mesa fights its way back

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

Many teams wilt after a slow start. The Rio Mesa High baseball team began the season at 0-7, then became a serious league championship contender. “To be honest, we never talked to our players about the record,” said Spartans coach David Soliz. “Our focus is always on the next pitch and the next game. We […]

Rio Mesa edges Camarillo 1-0 under the lights

Boy is catching a ball.

Under the bright lights, facing his team’s arch rival, smack dab in the middle of a bases-loaded jam, Rio Mesa High sophomore pitcher Ryan Abraham had one big fear in the top of the seventh inning Friday night. “I was nervous that coach (David Soliz) would take me out of the game,” he said with […]