Reflecting their strong 10-2 second-place finish, Petaluma High's Trojans were rewarded with five players chosen to the All-Sonoma County League first team by the league coaches.
Chosen to the select team were junior pitcher Hunter Williams, senior catcher Austin Thomason, senior shortstop Cameron Meyers, junior first baseman Ben Sanderson and junior outfielder Austin Gabbert.
Their efforts led Petluma to a 20-8 overall record. The Trojans' only losses in SCL play were to Analy and both were in extra-inning games.
Although the Trojans used nine pitchers during the season, Williams was the go-to guy who was picked to pitch the big games. He finished with a 7-0 record and a 1.77 earned run average, He struck out 52 and walked 27 in 71 innings.
All Trojan pitchers benefitted immensely by having Thomason behind the plate. The senior was one of the best defensive catchers in the league, and a team leader on the field and in the dugout. Batting clean-up, he hit .326 with 29 hits in 28 games, slugging six doubles and a triple and driving in 15 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .431.
Petaluma started the season with a question at shortstop. That question was quickly answered by Meyers, who not only provided a steady glove, but also became a key member of the Trojan offense batting in the No. 2 hole. He hit .288 with six doubles, a triple and 15 RBIs, but also was adept at doing whatever it took to advance runners — bunting, hitting to the right side and lifting sacrifice flys.
Sanderson hit his way into the starting lineup, not only becoming the regular first baseman, but one of the Trojans' most consistent hitters. He finished with a .364 batting average with six doubles, two triples and one of Petaluma's two home runs. He drove in 13 runs.
Gabbert was the Trojans' most productive hitter. He batted .333 with 33 hits in 28 games. He led the team in RBIs with 34, more than twice the number of any other batter except Sanderson. He produced nine doubles, two triples and a home run. He was also an outstanding defensive right fielder.
Chosen to the second team from Petaluma were senior pitcher Dante Del Prete and junior pitcher Will Nevin,
Del Prete began his senior year with very limited varsity experience and became a workhorse for the Trojans, pitching 42 innings while compiling a 5-1 won-lost record with a 1.65 earned run average.
Nevin, a transfer from St. Vincent, joined the Trojans late after having to sit out more than half the season because of the California Interscholastic Association's transfer rules. He made an immediate impact, going 3-1 with a 1.63 earned run average.
A trio of Petaluma sophomores — outfielders Harrison Royal and Luke Wheless and third baseman Tyler Williams — received honorable mention notice.
Grant St. Martin from Analy's championship team was chosen Player of the Year, while Analy's Jeff Ogston was Coach of the Year.