Three Jets Sign for College Ball

Courtesy photo    Encinal High Student Athletes who signed on with college teams last month, left to right: Sandeep Mahl, San Francisco State University; Christine Warren, Corban University; Osiris Johnson, Cal State Fullerton.

Three Encinal High student-athletes made their college choices known last month at a signing-day ceremony on the Encinal campus. Two of the three seniors play on the Encinal Jets baseball team, while the third plays on the softball team.

Christine Warren will attend Corban University in Salem Ore. Warren led the Jets to the North Coast Section Div. III softball tournament last season. As a Jet Warren was named to the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) second team in 2017. Warren primarily plays catcher.

Warren started playing softball with Alameda Girls Softball Association (AGSA) at the age of five. She played on AGSA’s competitive travel Blaze teams starting with the 10U “C” team and two seasons on the 10U “B” team. She has also played for a few Bay Area travel ball teams such as Lady Hustle, KG Hitters and San Jose Sting.

Corban University is located 45 miles south of Portland. The softball team won not only the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Championship during the 2017 season, but the Warriors won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Title and advanced all of the way to the NAIA World Series Championship tournament.

Osiris Johnson will attend Cal State Fullerton next fall for the 2018-2019 academic year. Johnson primarily plays shortstop, but also plays second and third base. The 6-foot-1 right hander is ranked as one of the top senior baseball players in California by several scouting services. He was selected to compete at the 2017 Perfect Game event in October.

Johnson led the Jets to a 14-11 record as a junior in the 2017 season. Johnson was named to the all-WACC first-team last season. In 25 games Johnson batted .481, while accumulating five home runs, 38 hits and 27 RBIs. He also stole 20 bases.

Cal State Fullerton plays in the Big West Conference. The Titans went 39-24 overall last year and advanced to the College World Series.

Sandeep Mahl committed to San Francisco State University (SFSU) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Mahl is a starting pitcher for the Jets, but also plays several infield positions. Mahl went 8-5 with a 1.53 ERA in 87 innings in the 2017 season. He also pitched three complete-game shutouts against Deer Valley of Antioch (3-0 on April 1), Mt. Eden of Hayward (2-0 on April 26) and Hayward (6-0 on May 9) as a junior. The right hander posted 100 strikeouts in just 14 starts. The future SFSU Gator had four games with at least 10 strikeouts: against Oakland Tech (16 on Feb. 28), San Rafael (10 on March 11), San Leandro (10 on March 21) and Hayward (13 on May 9). He was also named first-team all WACC.

SFSU is a Div. II school that plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.