BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — As a freshman with the Bellarmine-Jefferson High baseball team, Philip Diaz-McTague was an All-CIF Southern Section second-team selection.
As a sophomore, Diaz-McTague had another fine season, earning All-Santa Fe League first-team accolades, although he did not make any All-CIF teams.
His quest to earn his second All-CIF selection of his tenure with the Guards was quashed during his junior campaign, when a severe ankle injury ended his season. The injury was so severe, in fact, that some told Diaz-McTague that his career might be over.
But he battled back, and after months of rehabilitation, he returned to the Bell-Jeff lineup this past season. Not only did he make it back, but he thrived, putting together another solid season. His exploits were rewarded, as he once again earned made it back to the All-CIF fray, earning first-team honors.
He is the lone area baseball player to garner the honor this season.