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Hernandez picked for national baseball tournament

San Luis High School’s Gerardo Hernandez will play on the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Junior SunBelt team that will take part in a national tournament beginning June 7 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Hernandez, a junior, was named Co-Region Player of the Year in 2018. He appeared in 27 games for the Sidewinders, batting .407 with team highs in hits (37), triples (6), home runs (3), runs (40), and stolen bases (13). He also had 25 RBIs. As a pitcher, Hernandez put together a 7-1 record in 11 appearances as both a starter and reliever, compiling a 1.70 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.

“Hernandez can play third, short, anywhere in the outfield,” San Luis head coach Cesar Castillo said. “His best place is centerfield. At the college level that’s where he’ll fit. Because of his speed and his arm strength, that’s where they’ll love him.”

The Sidewinders reached the postseason as the No. 12 overall seed in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s 6A Conference, but were upset in 11 innings by Westwood. Their 20-6-1 record marked the sixth year in a row they have won at least 18 games. At one point, they were ranked as high No. 2 in the state before losing their final three games of the season.

Teams from across the United States and Canada take part in the weeklong Junior SunBelt tournament. No players from Yuma Union High School District teams were selected last season. Approximately, 90 percent of players who participate in the Junior team go on to play Division I college baseball, while nearly half of those players play professionally at some level.

Eric Patten