RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. - After an incredible freshman season with Rancho Bernardo topped with a CIF Championship, pitcher Joey Magrisi was named the Cal HI- Sports Freshman State Player of the Year. The 4th Bronco to earn the honor.
"I didn't think I deserved it, " said Magrisi. " I know I did well but I couldn't have done it without my team. Like I'm honored for everything I got recognized for but I try not to let it get to my head too much."
Pitching coach Mark Furtak, in his 26th season with the Broncos, said the success Joey found on the mound as a Freshman even surprised him.
"Joey came on about two thirds the way of the year," said Furtak. "His competitiveness and composure took him to the next step and he was unbeatable. "
The last bronco to receive the Cal Hi Sports Honor was Alex Jackson in 2011. In 2014, Jackson was selected 6th overall by the Seattle Mariners. Magrisi says he would love to follow in those same footsteps but for now his focus remains on playing well his sophomore season.
"Ultimate goal will be to get drafted," said Magrisi. "I don't like worrying about that too much. Baseball is a funny game it will knock you down once you are feeling good about yourself so i just don't let it get to my head."
As the 2016 season approaches, the Broncos will once again count on Joey, but hope high expectations don't get in the way.
"Sometimes expectations get in the way of what you are supposed to be doing," said Furtak. " But if he can stay on the path of what he is doing he will be fine."
Joey says both he and his teammates have already put last year behind them, and look forward to putting in the work to defend their title. The Broncos will kick off their season on March 8th against Santana.