Baseball Freshmen Arellano, Martinez Named ABCA All-Americans

PCC Baseball All-Americans Gabriel Arellano and Marco Martinez.
PCC Baseball All-Americans Gabriel Arellano and Marco Martinez.

Capping off tremendous school-record breaking freshmen seasons for both players, Pasadena City College baseball's Gabriel Arellano and Marco Martinez were seleced ABCA Pacific Association Division All-Americans.

The two Lancers were chosen to the Third Team after each earned recently All-State honors. Arellano (Monrovia High) was the South Coast Conference North Division Co-MVP and PCC's Men's Athlete of the Year for 2018-19. A centerfielder, he set three school records for most hits (75, which led the state), runs scored (46) and total at bats while hitting .395. He added 13 doubles, 10 stolen bases and 31 RBI. Arellano led the state in total hits and started the year with a 19-game hitting streak. He hit safely in 36 of 40 games and had an impressive 28 multiple hit performances, including twice in the postseason. Eight times, the right-handed batter had 3-hit games and two times he banged out four hits. He scored at least three runs in seven games.

Martinez (Maranatha High), who was an All-SCC First Team selection and finished 10th in the state in on-base percentage (.492) while batting .338. He led the team in home runs with five and RBI with 37. He shattered the PCC record for walks drawn in a season at 36 (previous best was 29) and his .524 slugging percentage led the squad. His 40 runs scored is the third highest total in PCC history while his RBI total was sixth highest. Few players have had a season in which they virtually averaged a hit, a run, a walk and a RBI a game, something Martinez performed in 39 games played. 

The two Lancers are expected to return to head coach Pat McGee's roster in 2020.

2019 Pacific Association Division-ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams
Pacific Association All-America First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Tyler Rando So. Mission CA
1B Blake Diggle So. Mission CA
IF Zack Mathis So. San Joaquin Delta CA
IF Murphy Stehly So. Orange Coast CA
IF Justin Culpepper So. Chemeketa OR
OF Charles Middleton So. Sierra CA
OF Davis Delorefice So. Orange Coast CA
OF Justin VanDeBrake So. Tacoma WA
DH Nick Henry So. College of the Canyons CA
UT Dawson Day So. Mt. Hood OR
P Robert Gasser So. San Joaquin Delta CA
P Ian Churchill So. Santa Barbara City CA
P Logan Gerling So. Tacoma WA
RP Devin Kirby So. Santa Rosa CA
Pacific Association All-America Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Michael Choi So. Glendale CA
1B Aidan Nagle So. Cuesta CA
IF Davin Kapuras So. Hartnell CA
IF Trace Hokkanen So. Mt. Hood OR
IF Judah Wilbur So. Barstow CA
OF Chet Allison So. Fresno City CA
OF Vinny Bologna So. San Joaquin Delta CA
OF Zane Zurbrugg So. Shoreline WA
DH Tyson Banks So. Cerro Coso CA
UT Johnathan Lavallee So. LA Pierce CA
P Garrett Irvin So. Riverside City CA
P Alec Gomez So. Yakima Valley WA
P Noah Rennard Fr. Santa Rosa CA
RP Josh Ibarra So. Golden West CA
Pacific Association All-America Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Matt James So. Yakima Valley WA
1B Luke White Fr. Yakima Valley WA
IF Cole Coffey So. Chabot CA
IF Marco Martinez Fr. Pasadena City CA
IF Connor Kiffer So. Columbia Basin WA
OF Jacob Melton So. Linn-Benton OR
OF Gabriel Arellano Fr. Pasadena City CA
OF Jesse Lopez So. Cypress CA
DH Lane Hailey Fr. Walla Walla WA
UT Hunter Schilperoort So. Mission CA
P Garrett Rennie So. Long Beach City CA
P Ben Elder So. Butte CA
P Zach Boswell Fr. Everett WA
RP Reed Harrington So. Spokane WA