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White Buffs earn all-state honors

by: Photo By Tony Ahern - Pat Dominguez, 17, is the first MHS first-team all-state player since Jacoby Ellsbury. The pitcher also participated in the 3A all-star series in Roseburg over the weekend.


   Pat Dominguez is first-team all-state.
   Dominguez, a recently graduated senior right-handed pitcher, is the first White Buffalo to make The Oregonian's first-team all-state baseball squad since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2002.
   Dominguez went 11-1 for the White Buffs this season, leading them to a Tri-Valley League title. He also won the Buffs only victory in the state playoffs, an 8-3 decision over McLoughlin.
   No other Buffalo made either of the three all-state teams. Senior Tyler Ellsbury, shortstop, earned honorable mention as an infielder. Sophomore Darrell Ceciliani was an honorable mention outfielder. Both Ellsbury and Ceciliani were first-team Tri-Valley players.
   Dominguez and Tyler Reeves -- who shared player of the year honors in the Tri-Valley League -- were the lone league players to make first team. No Tri-Valley players made the second team, either, and only one, utility player Jerad May of Gladstone, landed on the third team.
   Chris Vitus, the senior from Marist who beat Madras 5-2 in the state quarterfinals, was a second-team pitcher.
   The Class 3A All-State baseball team was selected by a vote of the state's coaches. Nominations were made by representatives from the state's eight 3A leagues. Balloting was conducted by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.
   Sherwood's Jon Strohmaier was named coach of the year, an honor he also attained in the Tri-Valley League. His Bowmen finished third in the Tri-Valley, but rallied to make it to the state championship game, but there lost to Astoria. The Fishermen had three players make an all-state team, all underclassmen.
   All star showcase
   Dominguez got another win pitching for the North squad in the 3A All-Star Series at Roseburg over the weekend.
   Dominguez started the first of the three-game series. He left after the fourth inning with his squad up 8-3. Dominguez also hit a double in the contest.