Turlock pitcher Dallin Tilby has been recognized as one of the top returning players in the state by the California Baseball Coaches Association.
The Bulldogs’ right-handed ace the past spring and a Sunrise Rotary all-star, Tilby has been named to the 47th annual North/South Showcase.
“It’s mind-blowing and a great honor to be selected,” Tilby said. “I went into it not having high hopes, but after making the first cut, I was like, ‘Man, I can do this.’ It all fell into place for me.”
Players were nominated by CBCA coaches and approximately 330, including 220 in the South, attended workouts at St. Mary’s in Stockton (North) and Mt. San Antonio College (South).
Twenty players from each site were selected for a best-of-three series this weekend, June 16-18, at Santa Clara University. The North will look to defend its crown. The North won the first and third games, 9-6 and 1-0, respectively, and Carter’s Marcos Castanon was the game MVP.
“It’s going to be a blast playing in Santa Clara with a bunch of new guys,” Tilby said. “But also getting that exposure (to college coaches) will be key and really important. I’m looking forward to it.”
Tilby, a standout three-sport athlete (football, basketball) will pitch for the North, joining a roster that includes sophomores and juniors from highly-touted programs Buchanan of Clovis, ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season, Elk Grove, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, and De La Salle, among others.
Tilby is the only selection from the Stanislaus District and one of eight pitchers on the North roster.
He was 6-1 in nine starts this past spring, twirling two complete games with a 1.09 ERA, and helped Turlock to a split of the Central California Conference championship despite season-ending injuries to pitcher Damon Treadwell (elbow) and slugger Tate Soderstrom (hamstring).
“I came into the year expecting to be the No. 2 behind Treadwell. I’m really sorry for the things that happened to him, but it really turned out good for me,” Tilby said. “It was awesome being the No. 1 and I think it went well. I can’t wait for next year.”