While his former team, the Serra Padres, get ready to embark on another Central Coast Section tournament journey, Sean McMillian just finished leaving a big mark in his second college season.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced on last Friday that the University of Redlands baseball team garnered six players on the all-conference teams.
And McMillian, in really his first full season behind the dish for the Bulldogs, earned a First Team distinction.
As the Bulldogs’ primary catcher throughout the 2013 campaign, McMillan earned his first All-SCIAC honor. During 28 conference games, he led Redlands in runs batted in with 28, good for a fifth place finish in the SCIAC. McMillan also registered the fourth-most hits (40) for the Bulldogs and tied for the second-most doubles with seven.
The former Padre amassed a .345 batting average and slugged a formidable .422.
It was a terrific sophomore year at Redlands for McMillian. Before his All-SCIAC nod, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced that McMillan garnered Capital One First-Team Academic All-District honors for the NCAA’s Division III. It was also the first time the catcher was named to that squad.
Providing an offensive spark from the middle of the order, McMillan has registered five games with at least three hits to go along with four games with at least three RBIs. His best game of the year so far came on March 1 against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, when he went a 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs batted in and two runs scored in a dramatic 13-9 comeback victory.
Currently, McMillian boasts a cumulative 3.37 GPA as a creative writing major.
Senior second baseman Jason Henning, junior center-fielder Alex Scheiwe and sophomore shortstop Jordan Dresnerand were also named to the First Team, while senior utility player Eliot Smith and senior pitcher Kyle Hart represented the Bulldogs on the Second Team.
Player of the year commits
When speaking to the Daily Journal earlier this year, Michael Smith, El Camino’s superstar basketball player, said he was keeping his options open when it came to hooping it up at the next level.
It would appear the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year has made his choice.
The Smith-Cedeno family announced Monday that Smith has decided to play basketball at Cal Baptist University in Riverside on a full scholarship. The Lancers are NCAA Division II school.
Michael joins his brother Anthony, another former Colt, in playing NCAA level hoops. Anthony is currently at Howard University in Washington D.C.
Michael Smith led the Peninsula Athletic League in scoring at 23.3 points per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor and also pulled down 10.1 rebounds a contest. He was named to the PAL First Team and subsequently took the division’s Most Valuable Player award.
Crusader moving on
And in even more college news, Mercy High School in Burlingame announced that senior Ixchel Mendieta De La Torre has been recruited to play softball for the University of Rochester.
The University of Rochester is part of the Liberty League Conference, another NCAA Division III school.
Mendieta De La Torre has been playing softball most of her life, according to the Mercy website. As a Crusader, she has been the varsity team captain and the starting second base player since she was a freshman.
In her first season she was awarded West Bay Athletic League Honorable Mention.
Her Junior year, Mendieta De La Torre was named all-tournament player at the Half Moon Bay Cougar Classic. She has played for the StriKKers 18G team for three years and will play for them this summer.