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The Register's All-County baseball team for the 2016 season. Top row, upper left: Orange Lutheran's Chris Burica, JSerra's Royce Lewis and El Toro's Gavin Garcia. Bottom row, from left: Huntington Beach's Hagen Danner, Woodbridge's Aharon Modlin and Mater Dei's Josh Stephen.

All-County baseball: First team

STAFF WRITER

The Register’s All-County baseball team.

DOMINIC FLETCHER

Cypress, OF, Sr.

The Register’s player of the year.

COLLIN QUINN

JSerra, P, Sr.

The Register’s pitcher of the year.

RILEY OHL

Marina, P, Sr.

He was Sunset League pitcher of the year. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who was selected to the Orange County All-Star Game, was integral to the team’s ascension to the league championship. He was 6-5, with some close losses, with a save and a 1.66 ERA. Ohl, who signed with Nevada, had 71 strikeouts in 76 innings.

CHRIS BURICA

Orange Lutheran, P, Sr.

He was 8-1 with a 0.68 ERA. His only loss was to JSerra, a 1-0 game in which he dueled with county pitcher of the year Collin Quinn. Burica, who signed with Creighton, had 68 strikeouts and only eight walks in 712/3 innings. He was Trinity League co-pitcher of the year, with Quinn. He was selected to the Orange County All-Star Game.

NOAH FLUMAN

El Toro, P, Jr.

He was All-South Coast League first team. He led a strong and deep Chargers pitching staff that led the team to the league title. Fluman was 7-1 with a 1.27 ERA. He had 46 strikeouts with only seven walks in 492/3 innings. He shut out Kennedy on three hits and one walk while striking out eight in the second round of the Division 1 playoffs.

HAGEN DANNER

Huntington Beach, C, Sr.

Danner made contributions as a batter, catcher, pitcher and whatever position the Oilers needed him to play. He batted .423 with six home runs and 29 RBI. When the Oilers won the National High School Invitational, Danner had seven hits, four RBI and four runs scored over four tournament games. He committed to UCLA.

GAVIN GARCIA

El Toro, 1B, Sr.

He was South Coast League player of the year for the league champion Chargers. Garcia batted .306 with team-highs of 28 hits and 18 RBI. He consistently came through in the clutch, including driving in both runs in a 2-1 league win over Capistrano Valley.

CHASE STRUMPF

JSerra, Inf., Sr.

Strumpf was All-Trinity League first team for the league-champion Lions. He batted .356 with four home runs and 27 RBI and 11 doubles. Strumpf, who played shortstop, signed with UCLA. A starter since his freshman year, Strumpf was All-County second team as a junior.

ROYCE LEWIS

JSerra, Inf., Jr.

He was Trinity League player of the year for the second season in a row as the Lions won a third straight league championship. Lewis batted .429 with 21 RBI and 42 runs scored. He committed to UC Irvine, and probably will be a top draft prospect in 2017 and the county’s top returning player.

AHARON MODLIN

Woodbridge, Inf., Sr.

An excellent-fielding shortstop for the Pacific League champion Warriors, Modlin batted .359 with 33 hits and 20 RBI. He was especially good in the playoffs. Modlin, who signed with Pepperdine, had five RBI in a win over Bishop Amat of La Puente and had three hits in a win over San Dimas.

JOSH STEPHEN

Mater Dei, OF, Sr.

Stephen batted .424 with three home runs and 25 RBI and had 42 hits. Baseball America had Stephen at No. 95 in its list of the nation’s top 200 MLB Draft prospects. He signed with USC. Stephen, All-Trinity League first team, played in the county all-star game.

ERICK LEEF

Esperanza, OF, Sr.

He was Crestview League most valuable player. Leef batted .425 with 37 hits and scored 23 runs as the Aztecs won the Crestview League championship. In the National Classic, Leef was 9 for 14 with four runs scored over four games. He played in the Orange County All-Star Game.

TANNER BIBEE

Mission Viejo, Utility, Sr.

Bibee was the Sea View League’s MVP. As a pitcher, Bibee was 8-3 with a 1.61 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 822/3 innings. He batted .333 with two home runs and 19 RBI for the league-champion Diablos. Bibee signed with Cal State Fullerton.

NICK PRATTO

Huntington Beach, DH, Jr.

Pratto sat out the early part of the season as a condition of his transfer from Mater Dei. When he got on the field, Pratto hit .396 with six home runs, 24 RBI and 17 runs scored. He also pitched, compiling a 3-3 record and a 1.76 ERA. He was the Sunset League player of the year. Pratto committed to USC.

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