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Flintridge Prep, La Cañada baseball leaders rewarded by CIF

Baseball: Termini, Herrmann receive All-CIF first-team accolades after leading Rebels, Spartans to postseason success.

June 11, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep's Karlsen Termini was named an All-CIF Southern Section Division V first-teamer.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep's Karlsen Termini… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

Turnaround seasons were exactly what the Flintridge Prep and La Cañada High baseball teams enjoyed this past year.

The Rebels and Spartans each relied on their senior leaders — Karlsen Termini and Clayton Herrmann — to lead them to success in their leagues and CIF. Those standouts were rewarded with their first All-CIF first-team distinctions after the CIF Southern Section office unveiled the first teams for the seven divisions on Tuesday afternoon. They were joined by Flintridge Prep junior Brenden McKiernan, who was a second-team selection.

Termini played a role in helping the Rebels win a share of the Prep League championship with Pasadena Poly and Webb. The Rebels won a league title for the first time since 1997. In the postseason, Flintridge Prep won its first playoff game since 1999 and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1960.

Termini, who was named to the Division V first team, set the stage for Flintridge Prep with his bat in the clean-up spot. The All-Prep League first-team pick hit .368 with two home runs, three doubles and 17 runs batted in. He posted a .605 slugging percentage.

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“It’s an incredible honor and a great way to go out,” Termini said. “It took a lot of hard work, but it paid off in the end.

“I worked with my coaches and they helped me out with my swing. The biggest thing was the success that the team had and getting to the semis. We were able to put it all together and go far.”

When Herrmann first heard he was named an All-CIF Southern Section Division IV first-teamer from his La Cañada High baseball Coach Alex Valadez, he was suspicious.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what he was saying to everybody, I didn’t know if I even believed it,” said Herrmann, who was first told at the La Cañada High “Honoring the Spartan” ceremony on June 2.

Seeing was believing for the Spartans’ offensive and emotional leader, shortstop and anchor on the mound when the teams were finally released Tuesday afternoon. It’s hard to say where the senior, who was also named the All-Rio Hondo League co-MVP, was most valuable.

The honors come on the heels of La Cañada’s drastic improvement from 2012 when it won its seventh Rio Hondo League title and first since 2005. The Spartans, who went 14-8, 8-4 in league, also won a first-round playoff game for the first time since 2010. The year before, they went 10-14, 2-10 in league.

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