All CIF-SS First Team selections released for baseball, softball and boys volleyball

The CIF-Southern Section released its annual All-CIF lists and eight Santa Clarita Valley athletes were honored in their respective sport and division.

In baseball, Valencia’s Davis Cop and West Ranch pitcher JD Callahan made the Division 1 list. Cop was also the All-Foothill League Player of the Year and Callahan was the league’s Pitcher of the Year.

“That’s one of the coolest, most important accolades that I’ve ever received,” Cop said. “You look at the list of the guys that are on there, that’s a group of guys that are going to be able to play for a very long time. I have no doubt that there are a few future major leaguers on that list. There’s just a lot of talent to be considered, to be one of those guys, it’s just a huge honor for me.”

Cop ended the 2019 prep baseball season with a .376 batting average, going 41-for-109 at the plate with five home runs. Callahan finished with a 1.54 ERA and a 7-2 record to go with 63 strikeouts.

Trinity’s Andrew Pfeiffer made the Division 6 list after a senior season that included a .406 batting average, 20 RBIs and two home runs.

Pfeiffer also made an impact on the mound, going 6-2 as a pitcher with a 0.73 ERA and 73 strikeouts.

In Division 1 softball, Saugus’ Gracie Keene was named All-CIF First Team.

“It’s awesome to have been chosen for Division 1,” Keene said via text message. “There are so many amazingly talented girls in this division, so it’s an honor to have been picked.”

Keene, who just completed her sophomore year, led the Foothill League in home runs with eight and had a .415 batting average. At first base, she had 171 putouts.

Keene was accompanied by two West Ranch players who made the Division 3 list: Adrienne Chang and Gianna Lombardi. Both players came up with big hits all season and were key in getting the Wildcats to the CIF-SS Division 3 championship game.

“Adrienne and Gianna are both studs,” Keene said. “It’s always fun competing with the best of the best. You really have to push yourself and do your best to perform when you’re playing a team with girls like those two. So awesome for them to have been chosen for Division 3, they both deserve it so much.”

West Ranch boys volleyball saw two of its players named to the Division 2 list with Zack Drake and Johnny Buchanan both selected.

Drake led the Wildcats in terms of kills with 342 in his junior season. He was second on his team in aces with 51, fourth in blocks with 40 and second in digs with 163. Buchanan, a junior, paced the team in assists with 839. He logged 86 kills and was first on the team with 56 aces.

West Ranch ended its season in the third round of the CIF-SS Division 3 tournament.

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Haley Sawyer

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A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.