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12 Area Athletes Named to Sac Bee All-Metro Team

Jul 07, 2023 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Steven Bryla

2023 Marysville pitcher alumnus Thomas Hinojosa (3) throws a pitch against Galt in the Indians 1-0 loss to Galt in the CIF Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on May 9.

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YUBA-SUTTER REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Bee All-Metro baseball and softball teams were announced last week as 12 local area athletes made one last stamp of accolades for the 2023 sports season.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the players were chosen by coaches' nominations and observations by the Bee’s staffers. Playoff success by teams also played a factor into the selections.

The Huskies were represented the most on both teams as they swept the small school players of the year with 2023 alumnus Landon Sable named for the baseball team and 2024 Boise State commit Olivia Bauer taking the honor for the softball team.

Sable was the anchor behind the plate for the 2023 CIF Division IV NorCal, 2023 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V and 2023 Pioneer Valley League champions. He led the Huskies in multiple hitting categories as well, including batting average (.478), slugging percentage (.568), stolen bases (30), and hits (44).

Sable was also awarded a spot on the 2023 All-State team by the California Baseball Coaches Association, Cal-Hi Sports CIF All-SJS team.

Bauer was the top pitcher in the area as she was a huge part of the Huskies’ first season in the SJS as they went 26-2 on the season. Although the Huskies were knocked out in the semifinals of the SJS Division V playoffs by eventual champion Orestimba, Sutter had multiple accomplishments throughout the season.

Bauer led the Huskies in hits (49), batting average (.527) and on base percentage (.566). Bauer went 23-2 with a 1.04 earned run average and 185 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched.

On top of the Bee’s All-Metro selection, Bauer was also named the 2023 49ers Sac-Hi Softball POY, team Most Valuable Player, first team All-PVL, All-PVL scholar athlete and a gold scholar athlete, which is a grade point average of 4.0 and above.

2024 pitcher and Hawaii commit Jagger Beck was named to the first team on the All-Metro team. Beck was Sutter’s ace as he went 10-1 with a 0.73 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 67.1 innings pitched this season.

Beck won the Huskies “Top Dawg Pitcher” award, All-SJS team, All-PVL first team, 2023 Cal-Hi Sports All-State team  and was invited to three showcase events that included the PBR ProCase, BAWS and Area Code Tryout.

2023 alumnus second baseman Andrew Hanson was named to the Bee’s second team All-Metro. Hanson led Sutter in runs-batted-in (RBI) with 35, tied for the team lead in doubles with eight and triples with two. Hanson hit .385 with 37 hits and two home runs on the year. 

Hanson was the only Husky on the baseball roster to be awarded the golden scholar athlete, second team All-PVL, nominated for the All-State California team by Cal-Hi Sports and was a 2023 optimist All-Star.

2024 designated hitter Rylan Giovannoni and 2023 alumnus outfielder Matt McCall were named to the honorable mention list. Giovannoni led Sutter with three home runs on the year, including two in the postseason and his final at bat of the season in NorCal D-IV final against Gridley with a solo shot.

Giovannoni hit .344 with 22 hits and 17 RBI’s. Giovannoni didn’t play the field much due to an arm injury, but you can expect him back on the field next season fully recovered.

McCall hit .383 with 31 hits and 23 RBIs. He was named to the All-PVL team along with playing in the optimist All-Star game. McCall played in all of the Huskies 32 games and manned right field all season long.

2024 catcher/infielder Alexa Carino was named to the honorable mention list for the Bee’s All-Metro list. Carino is now the Sutter single-season home run leader with 13.

Carino was also the team leader in RBIs and extra-base-hits with 23. Carino’s awards from this season include All-SJS team, first team All-PVL, gold scholar athlete, Silver Slugger and the MaxPreps All-SJS team.

Huskies head coach Stewart Peterson was named by the Bee as the Coach of the Year. Peterson deserved the award without a doubt, but he is quick to give credit to everyone else in an instant.

Peterson expressed to the Dispatch multiple times throughout the season his coaching staff and leaders on the team deserve all of the credit as the work ethic is like no one else. Peterson was also named as one of the California COTY by the CBCA. The Huskies transitioned over to the SJS this season after years of dominating the CIF Northern Section.

Sutter went 26-5-1 on the year and shared the PVL title with Colfax. The Huskies had two electrifying walk-offs in their final four games. With his senior leadership departing to graduation, Peterson told the Dispatch he has been fortunate with the leadership year in and out. Peterson looks to have the leadership take over in the next season.

2024 infielder James Garceau was named the first team All-Metro and the MaxPreps All-SJS team. Garceau led the Honkers in slugging percentage (.675), doubles (17) and RBIs with 17.

Yuba City head coach Maury Castaneda told the Dispatch that he is excited to see the growth of Garceau before the beginning of next season . Castaneda isn’t worried about Garceau getting repetitions from now until the season as he knows the work ethic is strong. Garceau hit .377 on the year along with 29 hits.

2023 alumnus outfielder CJ Hopper was named to the honorable mention list. Hopper hit .365 on the year and had the second most hits on the team with 35 along with 16 RBIs. Hopper also made four appearances on the mound for the Honkers with a 3-1 record with 11 innings of work.

2023 alumna and Michigan signee Jenissa Conway was named to the first team All-Metro. Conway led the Lady Indians in every hitting statistical category this season and was highlighted by a .689 batting average, slugging percentage of 1.475 and 10 home runs.

Conway was selected for the 2023 Alliance All Star Game to be played on July 23rd at California State University - Fullerton, which consists of the top 40 senior softball athletes yearly.

Conway was also named to the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF)West  All American finalist, 2023 MaxPreps All-Section team, and first team All-PVL.

2023 alumni pitchers/infielders Stevie Cherry, Jack Howsley and Thomas Hinojosa were named to the honorable mention list.

Cherry led Marysville with three home runs, 12 stolen bases and slugging percentage with a .525 average. Cherry hit .325 on the season with 26 hits 13 RBIs.

On the mound, Cherry went 4-3 in eight appearances with a team leading 1.03 ERA as the number two starter in 34 innings of work.

Howsley led Marysville with a .371 batting average, he tied with Hinojosa for 25 team-leading RBIs and .494 on base percentage.

With the second most appearances on the mound for Marysville this season, Howsley went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work.

Hinojosa was the ace for the Indians this season as he started 10 games on the mound. Hinojosa went 5-3 with a 2.56 ERA. He pitched 54.2 innings of work with 77 strikeouts as he pitched a complete game shutout on April 19 versus Twelve Bridges.

Hinojosa hit .316 with 24 hits, 25 RBIs and led the team with eight doubles.