Trio of Lions Secure both All-GSAC & Gold Glove Recognition
The Golden State Athletic Conference has released the awards for the 2017 baseball season and three Lions found their way onto both the All-GSAC Team and the GSAC Gold Glove Team. Brandon Sandoval (SR/Fallbrook, CA) led the way being elected to both sides, adding to his already full trophy case from the year.Read More
Rob Pegg has been a head collegiate skipper since 2005 and has amassed a record of 167-109-1 for the Lions entering the 2017-18 year including reaching the 40 win plateau in 2016. In the last two seasons, three players of Pegg’s have been selected in the MLB Draft all taken by the Los Angeles Angels (Jose Rojas- 16, Sean Isaac- 16, Brandon Sandoval- 17).
In 2016, the team narrowly missed out on back to back appearances in the NAIA Avista World Series as they placed second in the Faulkner Bracket, losing by only two runs in the decisive fifth game, after forcing the crucial game on a sacrifice squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth. The 2015 squad made history as only the second team in program history to reach the NAIA World Series as they finished the year 8th in the country. They won the Santa Clara Regional Bracket in thrilling fashion as the fourth place team going undefeated in bracket play.
In 2014, Pegg led the Lions to a third place finish in competitive GSAC play. The 2014 Lions also qualified for the national tournament opening round with an at large bid. Vanguard, which was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally, finished the season with an impressive 33-23 overall mark.
Ryan Heinle is back for his second season as an assistant in the baseball program. He serves as an outfield instructor, pitching assistant, and first base coach during games. As a two year player for the Lions, he pitched in 28 games owning a 10-5 overall record and a 3.59 ERA. He started 18 games including a complete game gem in the 2016 NAIA Opening Round. In 120.1 innings, he succumbed 131 hits and 48 earned runs. He struck out 69 in 528 batters faced. He was a member of the 2015 NAIA World Series team.
Prior to joining the Blue and Gold, he played two years at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California being coached by Reed Peters.
Bettencourt is back for his second season as an assistant for the Lions. He graduated from Vanguard with a degree in Business Administration in 2017 and was a dominant force behind the plate from 2015-16. He was the starting catcher for two years and helped guide the team to the 2015 NAIA World Series and 2016 Opening Round. He played in Canada for the Swift Current Indians 2014 and 2015. His collegiate career began at Pacific University of Oregon in 2013 and then transferred to Modesto Junior College for 2014 before joining the Pride. He appeared in 81 games for the Lions and had a career .224 batting average in 192 plate appearances. He tallied 43 hits – six extra base hits- and 19 RBI. He held a .990 fielding percentage and captured 481 put outs and 31 assists.
Coach Bettencourt assists the Lions with catching, hitting, and bench coach duties.
Coach Ostrea returns to the coaching staff for a second season in 2018, working with the pitchers as well as the instruction on strength and condition for the ball club. Ostrea joined the coaching staff in 2017 after finishing a two year career with the Blue and Gold. Appearing in 38 games, he held a 4-1 record and captured two saves in 42.2 innings. He allowed only 39 total hits with 17 earned runs while striking out 20 batters. He faced 179 total batters, serving as primarily a set-up man out of the bullpen. Ostrea was a member of the 2015 NAIA World Series team who reached Lewiston, ID for the first time in 30 years.
Currently, Ostrea is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Coaching/Administration at Concordia University.