SoCal Premier starts 2014 ABCL Season with Bright Outlook

Jake Pulcheon is a 6'3" 213 lb. catcher who is the captain on the ABCL D1 So Cal Premier. Opening weekend was a success for the high school senior, going 6 for 11 with 1 2B, 4 BB, 1 SCB and scoring 3 R. He's a very tough out at the plate, with good pitch recognition, and plate discipline. The umpires love this kid, and he's every coaches dream player, a leader on and off the field. His strong arm, mentality of the game and top defensive skills allow him to play anywhere on the diamond. This is his second season with the Premier team, which is loaded with talent and coached by Rob Vasquez.

Keoni Mortenson is a 6'1" 2014 outfielder who steals his fair share of bases and swings the bat with the best of them. Mortenson picked up 6 H on the weekend with 2 SB and 3 RBI. Great speed on the bases and the power in his bat are both very attractive.

Austin Vasquez is a junior and attends Murrieta Valley H.S. He is a SS with a great attitude who can play anywhere on the field, including 1B. A solid glove, quick feet and strong arm give him all the tools he needs to move from infield to outfield with success. Line drive gap to gap hitter, with real good plate discipline, who gets down the line very quick. Vasquez had 3 SB on the weekend, after successfully working the count and taking 4 BB, 1 HBP, and racking up 4 H.

So Cal Premier started the season off with a big bang, Going 4-0 this last weekend. Red shirt college pitchers Nate Dewsnap, Cole Millerd P/IF, Justin Lawler , Andrew Frank - P/U and Darren Preece -P/O, along with HS pitchers Jacob Boney- P/1B, and Drew Greenlee- P/Of, combined their efforts and pulled off the four wins on the weekend.

So Cal Premier is loaded with talented players. Playing sound defense and explosive offense, this team dominated the pitching this weekend, Jake Pulcheon C/IF, Cole Millerd - P/IF, Austin Vasquez - SS, Keoni Mortenson - OF, and Andrew Frank P/U, Ryan McConnell - 2B, Tony Rogari C/1B, Cole Bacon - 3B/O, Caleb Meyer - OF, Jacob Boney, Drew Greenlee and Darren Preece had a combined team total of 30 R on 33 H.

Saturday's double header was played at the historic Jay Littleton Field in Ontario. Premier went 2-0 against the CBA Bulldogs who is sporting several Red Shirt college players and the Preseason Player of the Year, Caleb Valentine (Compton College) -3B. Pulcheon went 3 for 6 with 2 BB, 1 SCB and 2 R. Vasquez went 4 for 8 with 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SB, 2 R. Andrew Frank went 4 for 9 with 4 RBI. Millerd picked up 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, AND 3 RBI.

Sundays games were played at So Cal Premier's home field, Murrieta Mesa, in the town of Murrieta. CBA Victory fell to Premier in the double header. Another very good showing from the offence, Jake Pulcheon picked up 3 more H, w/1 2B and 2 BB for the day, bringing his total BA to a high of .545and his OBP to .667. Austin Vasquez scored 2 runs on 3 BB, his weekend BA .400 and his OBP .600. Cole Millerd picked up one more double, 1 BB and 2 RBI, total BA .300 - OBP .462. Caleb Meyer warmed up with 2 S, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 4 R and 3 RBI, this jumped his BA to .308 and his OBP to .471. Keoni Mortensen was on fire with 4 H, 1 BB, 4 R and 3 RBI, making his total BA for the weekend .400 and OBP .438.

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