High School Baseball

Irvine's Keston Hiura has transformed from obscurity into preseason All-American

Irvine's Keston Hiura has transformed from obscurity into preseason All-American

In August of 2014, an unknown high school baseball player from Santa Clarita toured local colleges putting on a show. For one of the coaches watching, UC Irvine’s Mike Gillespie, each crack of the bat felt like a personal disappointment.

Gillespie is a baseball lifer. He was a resident of Santa Clarita for many years. His roots stretch deep into its baseball community. He knew the dimensions of its parks, knew where the winds turned fly balls to left into home runs. But even he had never heard of this batter, a shortstop from Valencia named Keston Hiura.

“Even the people that lived there that you would trust really had not recognized what he could become,” Gillespie said....

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