This weekend, we will be announcing our 2019 All-Area Baseball Team.

We've already decided who we think is our All-Area MVP (you can find out who we picked in Sunday's Santa Maria Times), but this gives our readers a chance to cast a vote of their own for Player of the Year. 

There are a number of candidates this season as the Central Coast saw a tremendous season on the baseball diamond, with thrilling battles for the league titles in the Ocean and Mountain leagues and intense playoff runs. 

Cast your vote for LCCN Player of the Year

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Remember, this is purely a fan vote and has no impact on who the sports staff at Lee Central Coast Newspapers picks for its All-Area MVP, which will be announced Sunday. This poll will be open for at least a week, so feel free to vote once per day per device on both santamariatimes.com and syvnews.com.

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St. Joseph's Alex Ontiveros fields a bunt by Templeton's Jack Sharrock, left, and throws to third.

Alex Ontiveros, St. Joseph, Sr., P-1B: .255 avg., 3 runs, 7 RBI, 3 2Bs, HR; 3-4 with a 1.58 ERA in 66 1/3 innings, 82 Ks, 27 walks. 


San Luis Obispo pitcher Cooper Benson leaves the mound after retiring Righetti in order during a game in March. Benson was named the Mountain League co-MVP along with Righetti junior Caleb Dulay. 

Cooper Benson, San Luis Obispo, Sr., P-OF: .364 avg., 27 runs, 32 hits, 30 RBIs, 8 2Bs, 3 HRs. 9-3 with a 0.59 ERA in 59 2/3 innings, 4 CGs, 4 shutouts, 101 Ks, 19 walks. 

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Righetti starting pitcher Caleb Dulay (3) pitched 9 2/3 innings as No. 4 seed Righetti hosted No. 8 seed Bakersfield Frontier in a CIF semifinal game. Dulay didn't allow an earned run.

Caleb Dulay, Righetti, Jr., P-SS: .219 batting average (7 for 32), 7 runs, 8 RBIs, 2B, HR; 10-0, 0.55 ERA, 6 CGs, 1 shutout, 1 save in 76 1/3 innings, 45 Ks, 14 walks. 

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Dunn's Ethan Cloyd pitched a complete-game, one-hitter in a CIF-SS Division 5 first-round playoff baseball game against Palmdale Knight in Los Olivos. Cloyd struck out nine batters without giving up any walks.

Ethan Cloyd, Dunn, Sr., P-OF: .568 avg., 42 runs, 39 RBIs, 13 doubles, 7 HRs; 5-2 with 2.18 ERA in 45 innings, 53 Ks, 19 walks. 

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Nipomo starting pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez delivers a pitch during a game against Mission Prep. Rodriguez threw a complete game to get the win as the Titans beat the Royals 4-3. 

Ricardo Rodriguez, Nipomo, Sr., P-SS: .225 avg., 16 hits, 10 RBIs, 13 runs, 4 doubles, triple; 10-2 with a 1.15 ERA, 9 CGs, 2 shutouts, 58 Ks, 12 walks in 79 innings.

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Nipomo's Carmelo Hernandez celebrates his triple against Santa Maria.

Carmelo Hernandez, Nipomo, Sr., C: .462 avg., 26 runs, 31 RBis, 36 hits, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HRs. 


Santa Ynez infielder Vic Heredia makes contact during a game at Santa Maria. 

Vic Heredia, Santa Ynez, Fr., SS-P: .345 avg, 22 runs, 29 his, 11 RBIs, 3 doubles, triple; 3-4 with a 1.97 ERA in 53 1/3 innings, 46 Ks, 20 walks.

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Valley Christian Academy's Andrew Sparlin pitches against Arroyo.

Andrew Sparlin, VCA, Sr., 1B-P: .407 avg., 23 runs, 24, hits, 31 RBIs, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HRs; 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA, 2 CGs, 1 shutout with 67 Ks, 39 walks in 50 innings.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports