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.”
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.
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.