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Dixon, Cruz, Dockins, Pease earn CIF-Southern Section Player of the Year honors

By in Press Enterprise on June 19, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Three players who helped their teams capture a section championship and another player who put the finishing touches on a record-setting career picked up top honors as the CIF-Southern Section released its spring sports awards Monday afternoon.

Tahquitz senior pitcher Brendon Dixon was chosen the Division 4 baseball player of the year after a dominant season on the mound. Dixon went 12-2 with a 0.95 earned run average, and he registered 158 strikeouts over 95 1/3 innings.

Arrowhead Christian senior shortstop Robert Cruz was selected the Division 7 baseball player of the year after hammering opposing pitching. Cruz batted .658 with 11 home runs and 45 runs batted in, and he was 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA and two saves.

Norco senior pitcher Taylor Dockins was selected the Division 1 softball player of the year after a 33-1 season helped her set the Southern Section record for career wins (108). Dockins also was a standout hitter, batting .454 with 27 RBIs.

Murrieta Mesa junior pitcher Autumn Pease was chosen the Division 3 softball player after turning in a career season. Pease was 22-9 in the circle with a 1.26 ERA and 257 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings, and she also batted .394 with 26 RBIs.

Tahquitz baseball coach Ron Savage, Arrowhead Christian baseball coach Kip Gross and Murrieta Mesa softball coach Antonio Romero were chosen coaches of the year in their respective playoff divisions after guiding their teams to section titles.

In addition to the four players of the year, 62 other athletes from the Inland area earned first-team honors in baseball, softball and boys volleyball.

BASEBALL
Division 1

Player of the Year: Jake Jackson El Toro, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Mike Gonzalez, El Toro
Area players on first team: Brendan Beck, Corona, Sr.; Michael Hobbs, Corona, Sr, Tonny Bullard, North, Jr.; Brice Turang, Santiago, Jr.; Jake Moberg, Vista Murrieta, […]    

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