Salsbury and Madrigal Head All Conference Team in Baseball
Drew Madrigal was named the Foothill Conference MVP by the conference's coaches on Sunday and B.J. Salsbury the league's most valuable pitcher. Five other Eagles earned all conference honors and head coach Steve Alonzo was named the Coach of the Year.
Madrigal finished the regular season hitting .409 with a team high six home runs and 46 RBIs. Madrigal was a duel threat as he also led the conference in strike outs as a pitcher with 128 in 95 1/3 innings pitched. For the season his ERA was 2.74. Salsbury had a record of 12-1 on the hill for the Eagles including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference games. Salsbury was second in the league in strike outs recording 110 in 91 1/3 innings. Salsbury recorded and ERA of 2.56 and opposing hitters hit just .205 against him all season.
Joining those two on the All Foothill Conference first team were second baseman Anthony Smith and outfielder John Eshleman. Eshleman had a team high batting average of .455 and set the Eagles single season hits record with 75. Eshleman also had 3 home runs and 32 RBI for the season to go along with 11 stolen bases. Smith hit .388 for the year and also had three homers. Smith also collected 34 RBIs and had 10 steals.
Second Team all conference performers for the Eagles were shortstop/catcher Jeff Bunch, outfielder Josh Ray and first baseman Garret Caldwell. Bunch hit .388 and had 30 RBIs while splitting time between his two positions. Ray hit an even .400 and had 4 home runs and 32 RBI to go with his team high 19 stolen bases. Caldwell came on strong in conference play hitting .397 and driving in 23 of his 28 runs in Foothill games.
Head Coach Steve Alonzo was also honored as the Coach of the Year after leading MSJC to a school record 31 victories and the first conference championship since 1989. The Eagles open play in the Southern California Regional Tournament on Friday afternoon when they host Cerritos in game one of a best of three series. Friday's game begins at 2 pm.