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So Cal Player of the Week: Huntington Beach’s Hagen Danner

UCLA-signee Hagen Danner of Huntington Beach. Photo/Jon Lofdahl.

UCLA-signee Hagen Danner of Huntington Beach. Photo/Jon Lofdahl.

It was a pretty good week for Huntington Beach.

The Oilers beat Marina of Huntington Beach, 2-0, in extra innings to win the Sunset League title.

After a 13-3 victory over Marina, the Oilers took care of Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, 4-1, to capture the Boras Classic State Title. Those three wins put Huntington Beach back on top in the So Cal Top 20. Hagen Danner was in the middle of all of it.

In the 13-3 Oilers victory over Marina, Danner went 3 for 3 with two home runs and six RBI. Just two days later, Danner led Huntington Beach with a complete game three hitter to beat Bellarmine Prep at UCLA, which could be his future home, although all signs are pointing to the Major Leagues if he gets drafted in June. Danner had a no-hitter going through 6.1 innings until Todd Jackson singled to center field.

For his big week, Danner is the So Cal Player of the Week.


UCLA-signee Hagen Danner of Huntington Beach. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

UCLA-signee Hagen Danner of Huntington Beach. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Name: Hagen Danner

High School: Huntington Beach High

Graduation Year: 2017

Height, weight: 6-2, 195

Position: RHP/C/Util

Nickname: Hagyd

Twitter: @HagenDanner

Stats: He is 9-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 80 Ks and 16 walks in 53 innings and he’s batting .382 with 30 hits, seven doubles, 11 home runs and 34 RBI.

Honors: Sunset League Athlete of the Year and 2017 Rawlngs-Perfect Game first team All-American.

Most memorable moment of your athletic career? Winning two gold medals with 18U Team USA and 2015 CIF-SS Championship.

Opposing player you respect the most? Hans Crouse (of Dana Hills of Dana Point) because he is a competitor and plays the game the way I like to play it … fun.

Danner_collageWho is the most underrated player on your team? Trevor Windisch 100 percent. He is in my opinion and many others if not the best, one of the best shortstops in the nation, and what makes it even crazier is that he is uncommitted.

Favorite coach: All of my coaches that have gotten me where I am today.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Dahl because she puts up with Trevor Windisch and I in class, and I have learned a lot of math from her outstanding teaching.

Favorite pro athlete: Buster Posey because he is a humble athlete.

Favorite movie ever: The Sandlot

Favorite TV show: MLB Network

Any final pearls of wisdom? “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary” — Vince Lombardi

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