EL CAPITAN BASEBALL RANKED 4TH BEST IN CALIFORNIA BY ESPN

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Coach Steve Vickery inducted into National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

By Ryan Schuler

February 28, 2012(Lakeside)--It’s no secret that El Capitan High School is a powerhouse when it comes to baseball in San Diego. Coming off a 2011 season in which the squad was ranked California's No. 18 team by ESPN’s CalHiSports and reached the San Diego Section CIF Division III finals, the Vaqueros are back in the CalHiSports state rankings again, this time in the preseason.

Led by reigning California Coaches Association State Baseball Coach of the Year Steve Vickery and 6-foot-5 senior southpaw Troy Conyers, the Vaqueros enter the season ranked No. 4 in California.

According to the El Capitan website, today has been declared Steve Vickery day after the coach was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Conyers, who will attend the University of San Diego in the fall, dazzled on the mound and at the plate. As a junior, he went 8-2 on the mound with a 1.04 earned run average, while hitting .408 and totaling seven home runs and 41 runs batted in.

For his efforts, Conyers was named to a member of the CalHiSports All-State first team, Grossmont Valley League Pitcher of the Year, and CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year and Division III Player of the Year.

Pitcher Kevin Ginkel, who won nine games last year, and catcher Charles Moorman, who hit .340 with 28 RBIs, should add depth for the Vaqueros behind Conyers.

The only other team from San Diego to be ranked in the preseason poll is Rancho Bernardo High School at No. 12.

To see the complete rankings, visit:

 http://espn.go.com/high-school/baseball/team-rankings/california