Diaz took on multiple roles for the Bulldogs. He led his team in batting with a .417 average for the year. Diaz picked up the pace in league play, and batted .654 in 10 SJAA games, and his extra-base hits gave him a slugging percentage of .962. He batted in 15 runs in league play, including five on April 29, when he hit a grand slam against Chavez High.
On defense, Diaz usually started at third base, but he also filled in for catcher Kyle Hassna when Hassna took on pitching duties. Diaz also played shortstop when Kyle Moses came in to pitch. He pitched for Tracy in 10 games and logged 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.
Last year’s league MVP was Tracy shortstop Steven Ramos, who was also the team and league batting leader.
Senior Hassna made the first team as a pitcher. He led the Bulldogs’ rotation, had an earned-run average of 2.19 for the season, and in league play he struck out 28 batters in 25 1/3 innings. At the plate, Hassna led his team in home runs with six for the year and had a slugging percentage of .700, and led his team in RBIs with 37 for the year.
Brandon Jossey was first-team outfield. He batted .387 for the year, led his team in base hits with 36, and had five home runs for the season, and led the team in runs scored with 43. Moses was first-team infield. He was the team’s starting shortstop and also pitched relief. He also batted .344 and had an earned-run average of 2.20 for the year.
Second-team players from Tracy include junior pitcher Alex Flores, with an ERA of 0.60 in 16.2 innings of league play; Daniel Heefner, who played first and third base; and second baseman Jacob Valdez. Freshman outfielder Tanner Turner received an honorable mention.
Other top league awards went to Lincoln players Jordan Enos, offensive player of the year, and John Bowling, pitcher of the year.
The Tri-City Athletic League All-League selections have yet to be announced as St. Mary’s heads to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship.