Eagles finish another super year on the field and in the classroom

Eagles at Anaheim Stadium

Estancia baseball had another successful season both on and off the field. The Eagles continued to excel in the classroom with an overall team GPA of 3.52.

On the field the lower-level teams combined for an overall record of 20-9. The future of the program looks bright as 21 of the 24 players on the lower-level teams are freshmen and sophomores.

The varsity finished 16-13 overall and third place in the Orange Coast League. The Eagles made the playoffs for the second consecutive year and lost a tough game, 6-5, in the wildcard round. This season, the Eagles continued their dominance over crosstown rival Costa Mesa, winning the “Battle for the Bell” for the eighth time in a row. This year’s finale against the Mustangs was a thrilling 7-6 win in Angel Stadium.

Multiple players from this season found their way onto the all-time record list in multiple categories. Two players put themselves at the top or near the top in some categories. Junior Brian Rodriguez’s 46 hits broke Jeff Gardner’s single-season record of 42 in 1982. Brian also posted the third best batting average (.460) and is now first in total at bats in a season with 100. Senior Colin Gardner is second all-time in RBIs with 30 and tied for second in home runs (4), tied for third in triples (3) and tied for fifth in doubles (9). Overall the team finished second all-time in hits (244), runs (181) and RBIs (158). The team finished top 10 all-time in 11 of the 12 team categories.

We are saying goodbye to nine seniors this year. All of them contributed in some way to the success of the Eagle program over the past four years. Thank you seniors for all the work you have put in and showing the younger players how to play the Eagle way!

Battle of the Bell Finale today at the Big A

Angels Stadium

The Battle of the Bell is heading to the Big Show.

The final game of the annual series between the Eagles and Costa Mesa, the winner wins the Paul Troxel Trophy, will be played at Angel Stadium this year. Parking and attendance is free for the game scheduled for Monday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Going into the game, the Eagles and Mustangs have split two games, so the final game will determine the winner of Bell for the first time since 2010. Estancia is currently in second place in the Orange Coast League with a 7-2 record, Costa Mesa is in third with a 5-4 record.

Alumni Game Is Saturday, Jan. 28

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The Estancia Alumni Baseball Game is set for Saturday, Jan. 28, on the Eagles’ newly renovated field.

The first game — between two alumni teams — is at 10 a.m. The second — alumni against the Estancia varsity — is a noon.

All alumni players are welcome to play. A $30 donation to the Eagles Baseball Foundation includes a Eagles baseball hat or visor and lunch; a $20 donation is good for an Eagles T-shirt and lunch.

BBQ lunch — hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks — is available for spectators to purchase.

Eagles finish strong season, on the field, in the classroom and in the record book

Estancia’s 2016 season was a successful one both on and off the field.

Not only did the Eagles return to the playoffs and tie for the third most wins in school history, the team was also recognized by CIF for its overall team GPA of 3.33.

The senior class helped lead the Eagles back into the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The four seniors — Connor Brown, Nick Torres, Christian Pruitt and Kevin Barnett — helped establish a foundation for success the program should continue in the future. The teamwork and closeness of this group helped lead to a runner-up finish in the Newport Elks Tournament, a 5-1 record in one-run games and victory in the Battle of the Bell against Costa Mesa for the seventh consecutive season.

“This year’s team was fun to coach as they worked hard in practice but also knew when to have fun,” Coach Nate Goellrich said. “It was a pleasure coaching these young men.”

The 2016 team had many hitting and pitching statistics that rank among the best in program history. Here are some of the most notable:

Junior Colin Gardner‘s 33 hits tie him for eighth all time and his 94 at bats are tied for second with Tyler Rios (2013) behind Ryan Redding‘s 95 in 2008. His .351 batting average puts him among the top 50 in program history.

The Eagles, who batted .276 as a team, had three other players with enough hits to move into the top 60: juniors Jeff Alai (30), Jake McIntyre (27) and Trevor Brown (25) and Connor Brown (27).

Gardner’s 25 runs tied him for sixth.

Three Eagle pitchers moved into the Eagle earned-run average record book. Sophomore Brian Rodriguez had a 1.32 ERA in 26 innings to move into second place, behind the 1.08 that Ben Beck posted in 2013. Rodriguez is also third on the list, with the 1.37 mark he posted last season as a freshman.

Connor Brown‘s 1.54 ERA is tied for fifth and junior Spencer Stern‘s 2.20 mark is among the program’s top 25.

Brown’s 75 strikeouts are seventh and Nick Torres pitched in 15 games, tying him for eighth in Eagle history.

Alumni Game Saturday, March 19

The annual Estancia Alumni Game is this Saturday, March 19.

Come see Eagles old and current battle for bragging rights.

Batting practice will begin at 9 a.m.; the game will start at 10 a.m. There’s no cost for alumni to play this year.

A message from Coach Goellrich

I cannot be more proud to be the head coach at Estancia for baseball. We lost a tough one today.

But, this group of young men have been great. As every team and umpire have pointed out; I am a young head coach, in my 6 years coaching this has been the best group of young men.

The way they handle adversity, stayed together, played for the team; it has been a true honor to be their head coach. The thank you list is way too long to go through; the parental support has been great, administrative support as well.

I am also honored to have the coaching staff that I had this year. The bar has been raised at Estancia and I am proud of that, with the young group we have they will continue and build on the success of the team from this year!

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