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Seahawks' Walker shares Division 3's top honor

June 23, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The Ocean View High baseball program added a few more laurels to its championship season Monday when two members of its Golden West League and Division 3 title-winning team were named to the 2010 All CIF Southern Section Baseball Teams.

Senior Blake Walker shared the Division 3 Player of the Year award in a division that also honored the Seahawks' Shane Borowski as Coach of the Year. Walker was one of several local athletes to be named All-CIF in baseball, softball and boys' volleyball.

The All-CIF teams, presented by LA84 Foundation, were released Monday by the Southern Section office in Los Alamitos.

Walker shared the Division 3 player of the year honor with San Gorgonio senior Adam Quintana. He was one of two Seahawks to make the Division 3 team as junior Blake Hitchcock was named second-team.

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"Of course it's an honor to be coach of the year but it's not about that, it's about what these kids did and how they did it," Borowski said. "They took on some impressive teams and refused to be intimidated, they refused to quit, and came from behind in four of five playoff games to win the title. They deserve all the credit.

"I am also very happy for Blake Walker and Blake Hitchcock for being named All-CIF. I would have liked to have seen one or two more of our players on the list, as I feel they were deserving of such accolades, but those are just compliments to a championship. We won the big prize, and I am very thankful to be a part of it all with such a great bunch of players and coaches to be around. It was a team effort the whole way and everybody bought into the goal. That's what made the difference, and it feels great."

Walker compiled a 9-2 record and an ERA of 4.18 which, Borowski said, was "not the prototypical CIF player of the year numbers, but got the job done when needed.

He batted .380 with 41 hits and scored 42 runs, which Borowski said was a new school record. Amazingly, he struck out only three times in 127 plate appearances.

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