Cavaliers were young in 2013

With eight players who saw starting action in the 2013 state baseball playoffs returning, the Clackamas Cavaliers could be Class 6A state title contenders again in 2014.

Juniors Jared Bell (pitcher/outfield), Taylor Stinson (pitcher/designated hitter), Cade Wilkins (outfield), Josh Devore (outfield), Garrett Myers (outfield), Aaron Ahlstrom (second base), Cole Scruggs (third base) and Taylor MacClanathan (catcher) all saw starting action for the Cavaliers in postseason in 2013, as the Cavaliers won only their second league title in school history and advanced to the state final for the third time in six seasons.

Bell and Stinson were two of the Cavaliers’ top three pitchers, and the Cavaliers will return three of their top four hitters.

Bell had a 9-1 win-loss record, with a 1.55 ERA and 46 strikeouts, 11 walks and 54 hits allowed in 72 innings. Bell also had a .329 batting averaged — third best on the team, and he scored 18 runs. And Bell excelled on defense as well, playing error-free ball in league.

Stinson finished with a 5-0 record and a 1.14 ERA. He allowed 34 hits, while striking out 26 and walking eight in 43 innings. Stinson also had a .373 batting average, second-best on the team to graduating senior Austin Kelly (.414, 25 RBI, 22 runs and 36 hits, 18 of them for extra bases).

The Cavaliers will also miss Kelly’s pitching. The Three Rivers League Pitcher of the Year, he went 9-2, with a 1.49 ERA, 55 strikeouts, 38 hits allowed and 29 walks in 61 innings.

Myers returns as one of the Cavaliers’ best hitters. He had a seasons batting average of .322, with a team-leading 26 runs scored, and 10 extra-base hits.

The Cavalier hit .305 as a team and their team fielding average on the season was .959. MacClanathan, like Bell, played error-free ball in league.

Key players graduating with Kelly are first baseman Jarrod Switzer and shortstop Jake Iverson.

Kelly, Stinson, Bell and Scruggs were first-team all-league selections.

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