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Seven 2010 PCC Baseball Players Receive 4-Year University Scholarships
Pasadena City College baseball coach Evan O'Meara announced that seven sophomores from his 2010 Lancers team are headed to four-year universities on playing scholarships.
Starting pitcher Cameron Copping is moving on to the University of Buffalo (New York), a NCAA Division I college. As a freshman in 2009, Copping led the Lancers in ERA with a 4.60 mark and he struck out a team-high 64 batters in 59 innings. This past season, he pitched a team-high 63 innings, striking out 49, and earned two victories with one save. The 6-foot-6 Copping is from Arroyo High in El Monte.
Infielder Mike Flynn received a scholarship to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. Flynn, a two-year starter, batted .265 with 17 RBI and a team-leading two home runs in 2010 as the team's regular second baseman. He had an impressive .972 fielding percentage. In '09, Flynn (from South Pasadena High) played first base, batting .273. Flynn joins a Kansas Wesleyan program that won 33 games this season and advanced to the NAIA national championship tournament playoffs. Flynn also joins former Lancer outfielder Carlo Stante, a 2009 transfer, at his new college.
Outfielder Enrique Reynoso (Los Altos High) will play his four-year ball at York College in York, Nebraska. The NAIA college set a school record for victories in 2010 with 44 and captured a conference championship. Reynoso, a two-year starter and leftfielder, batted .302 with one home run, three triples and 15 RBI this year. As a freshman, he led the Lancers in walks (13) and triples (four). Reynoso totaled 30 stolen bases in his two PCC seasons.
Relief pitcher and southpaw Trevor Hendershott is headed to Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Hendershott played his prep ball at Glendora High. Former Lancer first baseman Lee Pope (2008 PCC graduate) completed a standout season for Washington Adventist this year, batting .389 with 10 home runs and a team-leading 31 RBI.
Relief pitcher Erik Pantoja earned a scholarship at Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). The 6-2, right-hander originally attended Bell Gardens High.
Catcher Brian Smith and relief pitcher Jeff Stirling committed to Georgetown College (Georgetown, Kentucky) and will be reunited with former PCC assistant coach Micah Baumfeld, now an assistant at the NAIA school. Smith was twice an All-South Coast Conference honorable mention at PCC. As a sophomore, the Pasadena Blair High graduate batted .325 with team highs in doubles (14) and RBI (19). As a freshman, the strong-armed, 6-2 Smith led the state in throwing out would-be base stealers with 33. Stirling, a 6-4 right-hander, attended San Marino High.
Another former Lancer and member of the 2009 team, middle infielder Jeremy Camacho also picked up a playing scholarship for Georgetown. Camacho batted .309 with 16 RBI and led the Lancers in fielding assists with 106 last year. Camacho (Eagle Rock High) was an All-SCC honorable mention. He performed as PCC's regular shortstop in 2007 when he batted .305 and led the squad with 20 RBI.
O'Meara has moved on a remarkable number of 42 players to the university level since becoming PCC's head coach in 2005.
[Seven PCC 2010 Lancers baseball signees: Top from left--Cameron Copping, Mike Flynn, Trevor Hendershott; bottom from left--Erik Pantoja, Enrique Reynoso, Brian Smith, and Jeff Stirling.]
Release Date: 08/02/10