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  Here’s a look at the six seniors who graduated from Willow Glen in 2011:


    James Aubrey set an extraordinary example with his work ethic and commitment during all of the days when the baseball season seemed so far away in the Fall and Winter. The staff and team respects and knows how hard he worked the past four years.  Often lifting and running AFTER the workouts, he showed the way for all of the players.  He is a top student (going to Occidental in the Fall) and his dedication all four years make him one of the top Rams of all time.  Always smiling, if anything, he may have cared about baseball too much and tried too hard.  He  will always be remembered for leading “Rams on three” after each game and practice.


    Alex Beherendt may be most remembered for a clutch single he had in the last inning of our CCS semifinal game two years ago and was one of the top sophomores in the league that year.  Alex concentrated on playing basketball last year and did not play baseball his junior year.  After some prodding by me to get out into the sunshine again, Alex came back this season   He has been a valuable part of the team with his calm demeanor and support of his teammates.  He was a great team player and pitched some valuabale innings for us during a tough four-game week. He had an important influence on our team and will be missed. He will attend Arizona State in the fall.


    Andrew Casalegno has been the best utility player for the Rams the past four years and an important part of of our last two seasons. Starting with two great plays in the very first game this year at third base against. St. Francis, continuing with the two diving stops at shortstop against  Sobrato , moving to the great short hop stops he made at first base when he filled in when James Johnson was hurt for a couple of weeks and then finishing with the great plays he made at second base in his last league home game vs. Branham, Andrew came ready to play every day.   When you think about how hard it is to master even one of these infield positions and knowing he mastered them all, you start to realize just how valuable Andrew is to a team.  He’s headed to Cal Poly.


    Roger Ferguson came up to the varsity as a sophomore a few games into the season and has been an important part of the middle of our order ever since.  I still remember his first game as a varsity player at Lincoln when he had a couple of long doubles and knocked in a bunch of runs on a very cold and windy day on a field where the grass was knee high.  I also remember the day Roger hit a liner back at the pitcher in an important game against Oak Grove. Blessed with a sweet swing, Roger has worked tirelessly at becoming a better hitter.  I wish I had a dollar for every swing Roger has taken in the Willow Glen cage, often taking hundreds of swings after practice.  The three years Roger played Varsity baseball the Rams were 74-18. He plans to play baseball at a community college.


    K.C. Sullivan started his first ever high school game at second base as a freshman and has been with the current Ram coaches since they took over four years ago.  K.C. was freshman-of-the-year and a valuable contributor in many of the 90 wins the Rams amassed in the last four years.  K.C. has played every single position for the Rams during the four-year stint at the varsity level.  When he was on the field, K.C. always gave his best.  Every game and practice over the past four years K.C.  has been there with our core coaching staff. K.C. made second team All-League this year and had a very fine final season for the Rams. He plans to play baseball at a community college.


    Jake Wilson finished last year so strongly for the Rams that he was named to the All-League team after only playing in about half of the games.  Unfortunately, he injured his wrist in a summer football game and played the whole football season with the injury.  After an All-CCS football season, Jake needed surgery and that pretty much ended his baseball career at Willow Glen.  Even with the injury, Jake gave 100 percent. Even though he couldn’t swing a bat, he came to the games and was able to help his teammates as a pinch runner, scoring some valuable runs.  A lot of players would have turned in the uniform and called it a day once the surgery took place.  Not Jake.  He stayed around and, once cleared to play a few weeks ago, tried his best to not let the pain show when he swung.   One of the toughest decisions that I had to make this year was not letting Jake hit.  I could see the pain in his face. We did what was best for Jake, but it was tough. He’s headed to San Jose State to play football.


    What great kids!  James, Alex, Andrew, Roger, K.C. and Jake — know that you will be missed, probably more than you know. Good luck and remember you will always be part of the Ram Baseball family.


Updated

  5-28-11

10 a.m.

Willow Glen says goodbye to its six seniors

Andrew Casalegno

Alex Beherendt

James Aubrey

Roger Ferguson

K.C. Sullivan

Jake Wilson

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