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!