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Los Angeles Times 1996 All-Ventura Baseball Team

First Team

June 05, 1996

JOE BORCHARD

School: Camarillo

Year: Junior

Position: Outfield

Batted .365 with 30 RBIs. Talented hitter and pitcher, figures to rank among the region's best players next season.

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MIKE CORRAL

School: Camarillo

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

Left-hander with exceptional control, led Ventura County with 0.94 ERA while totaling 45 strikeouts and four complete games.

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RODELL DESAMPARO

School: Camarillo

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

Scorpions' leadoff hitter, batted .447 with team-high 11 doubles while maintaining on-base percentage above .600 throughout the season.

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BRENT EGAN

School: Royal

Year: Senior

Position: Utility

Leadoff batter for Marmonte League champion, batted .481 with team-high 14 stolen bases. Drove in 20 runs.

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ROBERT GONZALEZ

School: Simi Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

Pioneers' spark plug, batted .383 in leadoff position and led team with eight doubles, 19 runs scored and 31 hits.

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RICKY HELLAND

School: Buena

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander, Helland was the region's top Channel League pitcher with an 8-1 record and a 2.19 ERA. Also a catcher, he batted .366.

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RYAN HOLMES

School: Thousand Oaks

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

Fast and powerful, led Marmonte League with seven home runs while batting .471 with 28 RBIs, both team highs.

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MIKE McHARGUE

School: Westlake

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

Batted .394 with six extra-base hits and 21 RBIs for Warriors, who narrowly missed playoffs after late-season surge.

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MATT PITSTICK

School: Royal

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

A dual threat, was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA while batting .460 and leading Ventura County with 43 RBIs.

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MATT RIORDAN

School: Westlake

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

County player of the year as a junior, signed early with University of San Francisco before batting .455 with 22 RBIs, both team highs.

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JASON WATKINS

School: Ventura

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

Slick fielder was a middle-infield vacuum for the Cougars while batting .338 and stealing 24 bases. A first-team All-Channel League selection.

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