Former Murrieta Mesa slugger named to All-SCIAC Baseball Team

Jakob Thomas (left), a former four-year scholar athlete at Murrieta Mesa High School, was recently named First Team All-Leauge as a senior. Courtesy photo.
Jakob Thomas (left), a former four-year scholar athlete at Murrieta Mesa High School, was recently named First Team All-Leauge as a senior. Courtesy photo.

LA VERNE — La Verne’s Jakob Thomas, a former four-year scholar athlete from Murrieta Mesa High School, along with current teammate Christopher Peres of Burbank, were recently named to the 2017 First Team All-SCIAC Baseball Team, as voted by the conference’s head coaches.

Thomas, who mostly played corner infield in 2015 and catcher in 2016, moved to outfield this season and emerged as a true all-around threat at the plate. The junior hit .370 while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 40 runs. He also posted an incredible .542 on-base percentage and scored a SCIAC-leading 50 runs. This is Thomas’s second First Team All-SCIAC honor.

Peres, who posted a triple slashline of .379/.460/.462 as a freshman last year, took on an additional role of staff ace this season and excelled both at the plate and on the mound. The sophomore hit .336/.377/.386 while driving in 35 runs. He posted a 6-2 record while posting an outstanding 3.06 ERA.

He also struck out 9.72 batter per nine innings in SCIAC which was good for second in the conference behind only Pitcher of the Year Felix Minjarez of Redlands. This is Peres’s first All-SCIAC award. Behind the duo, the Leopards reached the 2017 SCIAC Postseason Tournament after just missing out last season. La Verne finished the season 21-20 overall and 15-9 in SCIAC play.

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