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Lompoc's Oscar Rojas pitches against Buena during a May 15 playoff game. Rojas has been voted the LCCN All-Area Pitcher of the Year after winning eight games with a 1.44 ERA as a sophomore. 

Oscar Rojas had a stellar freshman season for Lompoc in 2017.

He backed it up with an even better sophomore campaign in 2018.

For his work on the hill for the Braves, Rojas is the All-Area Pitcher of the Year. Voting was done by the Lee Central Coast Newspapers sports staff.

Rojas went 8-2 on the season with a 1.44 ERA in 12 starts. He threw nine complete games and had one shutout.

As a freshman, Rojas was 7-4 with a 1.52 ERA with three complete games. This past season, Rojas pitched 73 innings, struck out 65 batters and allowed 50 hits. Rojas struck out 34 batters in 60 innings as a freshman.

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Nipomo's Ricky Iniguez gets the throw to second a bit late as Elsinore's Jacob Contreras advances on Taylor Harding's single in an April 5 tournament game. Iniguez hit .467 on the year in 18 games and has been voted the All-Area Offensive Player of the Year. 

While Rojas was limiting batters, Ricky Iniguez was roughing up pitchers in 2018. The Nipomo High junior hit .467 in 18 games. He drove in 23 runs and scored 19 times while smacking six doubles and three triples for the Titans. 

Iniguez is the LCCN All-Area Offensive Player of the Year. 

Utility Player of the Year - Trevor Garcia -  Santa Maria High School

Santa Maria's Trevor Garcia is congratulated after he struck out Santa Ynez's Casey Hickman with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning of a game on March 12. Garcia has been voted the All-Area Utility Player of the Year after leading Santa Maria's offense at the plate and defense on the mound. 

Meanwhile, Trevor Garcia did just about everything for Santa Maria. 

Garcia, a senior, powered the Saint offense and was Santa Maria's top pitcher during the 2018 season. 

Garcia is the All-Area Utility Player of the Year. He hit .398 on the season with 27 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He also hit 10 doubles and three home runs for the Saints. 

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Santa Ynez' Dustin Gregg runs for home against Templeton in a Los Padres League game on March 29. Gregg, the Pirates' starting catcher, landed the All-Area Gold Glove award this season. 

Dustin Gregg, one of the top backstops on the Central Coast, put together another solid season for Santa Ynez as a senior. Gregg finished with a .988 fielding percentage in 164 total chances. He had 17 assists and made just two errors all year. He threw 10 of the 17 runners who tried to steal on base on him.

Gregg, who was named the Los Padres League MVP as a junior in 2017, is the LCCN All-Area Gold Glove winner. Gregg hit .307 with 23 hits in 75 at bats and scored 23 runs. He drove in 16 with five doubles and a pair of triples. 

Both Garcia and Gregg were unanimous selections. 

All-Area First Team

Three starting pitchers make up the All-Area First Team pitching staff, with two from St. Joseph and another from Righetti.

Teammates Isaac Baez and Zach Trevino were a potent 1-2 punch in 2018 as the duo helped the Knights win 18 games and advance to the second round of the CIF playoffs. 

Trevino, St. Joseph's Tuesday starter, went 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 11 starts for the Knights. Baez went 6-3 with a 2.09 ERA. Trevino and Baez combined to throw more than 130 innings and struck out nearly 100 batters.

The third First Team pitcher is Ryan Delgado, who landed All-Area recognition as a sophomore. Delgado made nine starts and went 4-3 with a 2.30 ERA. In 45 2/3 innings, Delgado struck out 45 batters and allowed 34 hits. 

The First Team catcher is Kalub Ramirez of Lompoc. Ramirez batted .343 with 34 hits in 99 at bats. The junior drove in 22 runs and scored 22 times. He had seven doubles. 

The First Team infielders are R.J. Clayton, a senior from Righetti; Travis Welker, a senior from Santa Ynez; Dominic Partida, a senior from St. Joseph; and DJ Martinez, a senior from Pioneer Valley. 

Clayton batted .345 with a team-high 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He hit five doubles and four triples and also stole six bags in seven attempts. 

Welker, a second baseman, was second on Santa Ynez in batting with a .388 average, knocking out 38 hits in 98 at bats. He scored a team-high 34 times while also driving in 14 runs. Welker had six extra-base hits, three doubles and three triples. 

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Dominic Partida puts the tag down ahead of Arroyo Grande runner Jacob Soriano during a PAC League baseball game at Arroyo Grande

Partida capped his productive St. Joseph career with another consistent season at second base. He was second on the Knights in batting with a .348 average. He also scored 32 times and drove in 13 runs with eight doubles and two triples. 

No season statistics were available for Martinez, who also landed All-PAC 8 League honors this year. 

The First Team All-Area outfielders are Tony Hernandez, a Cabrillo senior; Zach Morris, a St. Joseph senior; and Righetti senior Jaden LyBurtus. 

Morris was St. Joseph's most productive hitter. His team-leading average was .386. He scored 14 times and drove in a team-high 27 runs with six doubles and three RBIs. 

LyBurtus, who has signed to play baseball for Sacramento State, batted .321 last season with 30 hits in 87 at bats. LyBurtus scored 22 runs and drove in 15 with five doubles, a triple and four homers. 

Outfielder - Tony Hernandez - Cabrillo High School

Cabrillo's Tony Hernandez fields a fly ball hit by Nipomo during a game at Nipomo on March 14. 

Hernandez led Cabrillo with his .366 average, recording 34 hits in 93 at bats. He scored 18 runs and drove in 15 more with four doubles and four triples. He also stole a team-high 14 bases. 

The First Team All-Area utility player is Noah Randolph, also of Cabrillo. 

Randolph hit .350 with 36 hits, eight RBIs, 26 runs scored and three doubles. He stole 13 bags in 19 attempts. 

Randolph was also solid on the hill for the Conqs, going 3-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 13 starts. Randolph had three complete games and struck out 54 batters in a team-high 67 innings. 

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


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