Bay Area News Group baseball, softball coaches of the year

Baseball: Foothill’s Angelo Scavone

PLEASANTON – Angelo Scavone led Foothill to new heights this spring, guiding the Falcons to their first East Bay Athletic League championship in more than three decades and within one out of the program’s first North Coast Section crown.

In a matchup between this season’s best public schools, Scavone’s team met the challenge, routing Palo Alto 15-5 in a NorCal quarterfinal game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The Falcons won on De La Salle’s home field to claim the EBAL title. But Foothill couldn’t beat the Concord powerhouse in the NCS Division I final – losing in nine innings – and the NorCal D-I semifinals.

Still, it was a memorable run for Foothill, which finished No. 3 overall and No. 1 among public schools in the season-ending Bay Area News Group rankings.

For this, Scavove is BANG’s baseball coach of the year.

“These kids played their hearts out the entire year,” Scavone said. “As I told them, in every practice, every game they gave us everything they had. Took us to a league title. Took these guys to one out away from an NCS title and here we are.”

– Darren Sabedra

Softball: St. Francis’ Mike Oakland

MOUNTAIN VIEW – Mike Oakland has had many talented and successful teams while coaching baseball and softball at St. Francis through the years.

This spring might have topped them all.


Baseball: All-BANG | Player of the Year
Softball: All-BANG | Player of the Year

Led by Oakland’s daughter, Jessica, and fellow slugger Syndey Stewart – both now off to college softball – St. Francis hit 58 homers on its way to capturing West Catholic Athletic League, Central Coast Section and NorCal championships.

The Lancers finished 31-2 while out-scoring the opposition 310-39. They ended the season No. 1 in Cal-Hi Sports’ state rankings.

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All of this made Oakland a consensus pick for Bay Area News Group softball coach of the year.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever be as good as we are right now,” Oakland said.