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 third season as an assistant in the baseball program. He serves as an infield instructor, pitching assistant, and third base coach during games. As a three 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. In 2016, Heinle graduated from Vanguard University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Along with coaching for the Lions, he coaches a 12U youth travel ball team with West Coast Baseball out of Orange County.
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.
Primary duties involve working with the pitchers at Vanguard University in the GSAC, and recruiting pitchers for each season. In 2013 helped the Vanguard pitching staff to a team ERA of 4.18, Had nationally recognized leaders in wins (Scott Simmons) hits per 9 (Clayton Voechting) innings pitched (Travis Tomsen) and Saves (Kevin Ponzo). Helped players continue after college into professional baseball (Travis Tomsen with Peoria Explorers, Kamakani Usui with Toronto Blue Jays)
Pitching staff posted a regular season 3.66 team ERA with a 31-19 regular season record. This season pitching staff helped lead the team to its first playoff appearance since 2010 and finished 3rd overall in the conference standings. Coached 2 GSAC players of the week, Clayton Voechting, and Marshall McKinnon. And one all GSAC honors pitchers Eddie Rivera. This Vanguard Pitching staff helped lead the Lions to their first National Tournament Opening Round birth since 2010. This Seasons team was ranked as high as 14th in the nation and finished the national polls at 25th. John Fageaux Jr. advanced to professional baseball with the Frontier League of Professional Baseball along with Clayton Voecheting advancing to the Pecos League of Professional Baseball
Pitching staff posted an all time low 3.33 regular season team ERA with 34-18 regular season record. Pitcher of the Week Sean Isaac, along with All Conference Pitcher Sean Isaac. Qualified for the NAIA opening round of the national tournament. Team won the western regional tournament going 4-0 advancing to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston Idaho finishing 8th out of 10 teams, and a final season ranking of 8th in the nation. Scott Torrey Advanced to the Pecos League of Professional Baseball.