Not too long ago, Serra’s baseball manager Craig Gianinno said his 2013 Padres viewed the season as a series of chapters.
As of Friday afternoon, the entire West Catholic Athletic League knows who the protagonist of that story is.
Centerfielder Jordan Paroubeck was named the WCAL Player of the Year, beating out an incredibly talented group of players in the Central Coast Section’s top league.
Paroubeck enjoyed a spectacular offensive season for the Padres. The switch-hitter batted .415 in 125 plate appearances for Serra. He hit seven home runs and drove in 30. His 20 extra-base hits also led the team — so did his 32 runs scored.
Paroubeck also slugged at a .787 clip and boasted a .540 on-base percentage. He also stole 12 bases — second on the team behind Michael Tinsley.
Speaking of Tinsley, he one was of four other Padres to make the WCAL First Team. He was joined by shortstop Mickey McDonald, third baseman Christian Conci and utility man Paul Murray.
Tinsley hit .400 for the Padres and drove in 20 hitting primarily in the lead-off stop. His 23 steals were tops Serra. His .492 on-base percentage was equally as impressive.
McDonald had a solid season for Serra. His defense was sensational and he also hit .321 from the two-hole in the lineup.
Conci was Mr. Clutch for the Padres. The third baseman hit .323 on the year and drove in 21 runs.
Murray was just behind Paroubeck in extra-base hits. He had 16 and slugged .495.
Matt Gorgolinski and Orlando Razo, two Serra pitchers, made the WCAL Second Team. Razo led the Padres with an 8-1 record in 12 appearances with 66 strikeouts. His ERA sits at 2.80. He also has one save.
Gorgolinski is 7-2 this season for Serra.
Matt Blais, John Murray, Neil Sterling, Anthony Ramirez and Sean Watkins made Honorable Mention.
In WCAL softball postseason news, young Lindsey Mifsud of Notre Dame-Belmont was named to the First Team.
Only a sophomore, Mifsud hit .397 for the Tigers and led the team with 16 runs batted in. She was also tops on the team with seven extra-base hits.
In the circle, Mifsud pitched in 19 games, compiling a 8-11 record with a 2.80 ERA. She struck out 85 and pitched 10 complete games.
Notre Dame teammates Danica Kazakoff and Megan Cosgrave (freshman and sophomore respectively) were named to the WCAL Second Team.
Julia Villanueva was named Honorable Mention.
MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW
For the fifth straight season and the 11th time since 1998, the Menlo Knights boys’ tennis team is king of the Central Coast Section.
After polishing off three opponents and dropping only five points along the way, Menlo took care of business against the upstart Serra Padres, winning 13-5 at the Courtside Club in Los Gatos.
Serra, who was making their first ever CCS boys’ tennis finals appearance, tested Menlo more than Aragon, Leland or Bellarmine could.
Menlo School did what they needed to do on Friday as they won its final league game of the season over Harker 7-1 to clinch a first-place tie with Sacred Heart Prep — giving the Knight’s their sixth league title in team history.
By virtue of the win, the Knights head to the Central Coast Section playoffs for 25th time in the last 26 years. They made it to the championship game last year fallilng just short of a three-peat.
In the win against Harker, Chris Atkeson picked up his sixth win of the season with five stellar innings giving up only two hits and an unearned run. He struck out seven.
Juniors Wyatt Driscoll and Will King pitched the last two innings for the Knights who were led offensively, as they have all season, by senior Adam Greenstein.
Greenstein had two hits, including a double in the first that knocked in the first run of the game.
Menlo awaits their seed for next week’s CCS Division III playoffs where they’ll attempt to win their sixth CCS title and reach the championship game for the fourth consecutive year.