Player Of The Year: Branden Boissiere

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What would a baseball manager give to have a five-tool centerfielder who doubles as an elite left-handed starting pitcher?

Sounds like a skipper’s dream come true, right?

Enter Branden Boissiere, InlandFieldhouse.com’s 2016 Prep Baseball Player of the Year.

Branden Boissiere was the winning pitcher at the Under-15 Pan American Championships in Mexico last August.

Branden Boissiere was the winning pitcher at the Under-15 Pan American Championships in Mexico last August.

Boissiere, a sophomore, led Riverside Woodcrest Christian to a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship this season with outstanding offensive production and a dominant pitching arsenal.

“It’s a pleasure to see him play every day,” Woodcrest Christian coach Glenn Prater said. “He’s just an easy going kid with off-the-charts ability. He’s special.”

Boissiere led the Royals (29-5 overall) with .427 batting average and team-high 16 extra-base hits among his 47 total in 110 ABs.

“Just watching him, I see him going so far in this game. Hats off to him,” Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart coach Larry Patino said.

Patino only briefly knows about Boissiere’s ability, but he said he didn’t need to see any more after getting shutout, 11-0, in the D5 title game on Saturday, June 4.

“Watching (Boissiere), seeing him throw, baseball is my life and to see him — we have a really good hitting team — he cut us off. He absolutely cut us off. I had the chills over there,” Patino said.

“Boss” — Boissiere’s long-time nickname — has been chanted, even championed at every game he’s played since he was an 11- or 12-year-old.

Not so coincidently, it’s seriously indicative of his high school stats to this point.

The now 16-year-old posted a 7-1 record with and 0.33 ERA, and was named the D5 Player of the Year by CIF-SS coaches.

“He can pound the zone and throw strikes. He’s good,” said Hemet Tahquitz coach Ron Savage after Boissiere came in to close out a 2-0 victory in this year’s semifinals.

And to hear plaudits from opposing coaches is great, but what did ‘Boss’ think about his year?

“It felt great to be a part of one of best pitching staffs in California, maybe even the country, and these next couple of years are going to be good because we have some young talent coming up,” he said.

Boissiere tied for second on the Royals’ staff with 55 strikeouts in just 42.1 innings pitched. Fellow sophomore Gabriel Ramos (11-0, 1.00 ERA) was tops with 70 Ks in 70 IP.

“We know how much talent we have. We have to work hard and come out with the same attitude,” Boissiere said. “The next two years are going to be fun.”

Branden Boissiere may be one of the best left-handed hitting and pitching prospects to ever emerge from Riverside County.

Branden Boissiere may be one of the best left-handed hitting and pitching prospects to ever emerge from Riverside County.

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