It's All-Star time for area's top high school talent

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comJune 9, 2013 

Most of the top high school baseball players in the area will be in action tonight at the third Merced County All-Star Game.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Merced College.

The North team will be comprised of players from Atwater, Buhach Colony, Livingston, Los Banos, Pacheco, Hilmar and Gustine high schools and will be coached by Atwater's Jarrod Pimentel and Mike Lemos of Los Banos.

The South roster is made up of players from Merced, Golden Valley, Le Grand, Dos Palos, Mariposa, Stone Ridge Christian and this year Sonora was added to the game. Dos Palos' Kevin Jones and Sonora's Scott Johnson will coach the South.

Players had to earn all-league honors to be eligible for the game.

The North will be led by players like Buhach Colony's Brandon Young, who was named the top offensive player in the Central California Conference after hitting .400 with a team-high 27 RBIs for the Thunder.

Buhach Colony pitcher Kaden Verdin and Atwater's Dalton Beatty and Ryan Sanchez were also big contributors this season.

The South will count on Le Grand's Carlo Del Real, Merced's Shawn-Heath Smith, Dos Palos' Efrain Del Rio and Golden Valley's David Vidauri.

A team of Merced County all-stars will be selected from this game and will play a Stanislaus County all-star team next Friday at Merced College at 7 p.m.

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Le Grand's Carlo Del Real and Mariposa's Liam Fieldsted were named Southern League baseball co-MVPs by the SL coaches.

Del Real hit .494 with three homers and 33 RBIs to help lead the Bulldogs to the playoffs. He also went 7-2 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA.

Fieldsted played catcher and hit in the middle of the Grizzlies lineup.

Ripon Christian's Dominic Nelson was named the Outstanding Offensive Player and Mariposa's Bruce Vegely was selected as Coach of the Year after leading the Grizzlies to the league championship. Mariposa had five players named to the all-SL first team in Bodie Vegely, Triston Mero, Nick Brocchini, Noah Fluharty and Sam Tucker.

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Le Grand's Marissa Belmontes was selected as the Southern League's Outstanding Offensive Player in softball after helping lead the Bulldogs to a share of the SL championship.

Waterford pitcher Kylie Ragsdale was named the SL's MVP and Delhi's Alyssa Stockton was picked as the Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Le Grand trio of Rebecca Nichols, Cassandra Casanova and Katelyn Grinder were named to the all-Southern League first team. They were joined on the team by Mariposa's Shea Williams and Carissa Leonard and Delhi's Bianca Nunez, Alicia Knight and Brianna Lopez.

Le Grand's Gia Pridell and Waterford's Dave Duncan were named co-Coach of the Year.

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