As the high school baseball season hits its stride this year, the top teams in the area start to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. While there's a ton of talent in the Bay Area, two of the more entertaining clubs met on the diamond this week as College Park traveled to Serra to square off in a superb non-league matchup.
Serra is one of the traditional baseball powers around the bay and is back at it this year with a strong pitching staff and talent up and down the lineup. The Padres lead off with possibly their most talented position player in Jordan Paroubeck. Jordan is a powerful player, with speed, great defense in center field and a bat that hits for average and extra bases. He's a special player and one we've had our eye on this season as a possible player of the year candidate, just a fun young man to watch on the field.
College Park meanwhile is led by one of the true baseball stars in the area, Joe DeMers. Big Joe (who is slimmer these days, quickly becoming “Slim Joe”) is an absolute terror on the pitchers mound. Just a sophomore(!), DeMers is making a name for himself and the College Park Falcons. Last season DeMers finished the year leading the team in home runs, RBIs, innings pitched with 69 IP to go along with 72 strikeouts, a 1.01 ERA, and a 9-2 record in a tough league... All as a freshman! This season he's on the same path while playing shortstop for the Falcons when he's not on the mound. College Park has a ton of talent on their team with great coaching and they play the right way, but make no mistake, Joe DeMers is the driving force behind the Falcons.
When the two squads met this week it played out as one might expect. With Joe DeMers on the mound, College Park was solid through the first 4 innings, giving up just one hit. Meanwhile, the Falcons batted the ball around like crazy in the early going, scoring 5 runs through 4 innings and loading up the bases 3 different times. After seeing College Park a few times last year I knew at that moment it was all over for Serra. Nobody's ever come back from more than 4 down with DeMers on the mound, and true to form the Falcons held on for a 5-2 victory. It's a great win for College Park and will give them confidence going forward this year while they continue to pile up tallies in the win column with DeMers on the mound.