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Kelly is Pitcher of the Year and Arntson is Coach of the Year

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Austin Kelly (left) and Clackamas coach John Arntson discuss hitting strategies during a Three Rivers League game with Oregon City. Kelly has been honored as the 2013 Oregon Class 6A high school baseball Pitcher of the Year and Arntson has been honored, along with Sheldon coach Stan Manley, as 6A baseball Coach of the Year.Clackamas High School senior Austin Kelly and Clackamas coach John Arntson have received top honors from Arntson’s coaching peers in Oregon Class 6A high school baseball.

Kelly has been named the 2013 Class 6A high school “Pitcher of the Year” and Arntson has been honored, along with Sheldon coach Stan Manley, as Class 6A “Coach of the Year.”

Kelly went 9-2 — with a 1.49 ERA — on the 2013 season, striking out 55, walking 29 and giving up 38 hits in 61 innings. Kelly was also the Cavaliers’ leading hitter, with a .414 batting average, 25 RBI, 22 runs scored and 36 hits, 18 of them for extra bases.

Arntson, in his 17th season at Clackamas, this year coached the Cavaliers to their third state final in sixth seasons. Clackamas dropped a 6-5 barnburner to Sheldon in the 2013 state title game. The Cavaliers finished with an overall record of 27-4, most wins ever by a Clackamas High varsity baseball team. And the Cavaliers won only their second league title in school history.

Arntson’s Clackamas teams won state championships in 2008 and 2010, defeating Tigard 3-1 in the state final in 2008 and South Medford 4-0 in the final in 2012.

Manley this year coached the Sheldon Irish to their first state final since 1966 and their very first state title in baseball.

Two other Clackamas players received recognition in the Class 6A baseball all-star balloting, junior outfielder/pitcher Jared Bell and junior infielder Cole Scruggs. Bell got the nod to the 6A second all-star team for his play in the outfield. He finished with an overall batting average of .329, and he played error-free defense in league.

Scruggs (.295 batting average), who played third base in the state-title game, received honorable mention for his efforts as a utility player.

Five players from Lake Oswego received all-state recognition. Seniors Reid Penney (first base) and Jack Anderson (outfield) were named to the first team; senior Mitch McLaughlin (catcher) was a second-team selection, along with LO juniors Travis Sanders (infield) and Jordan Horak (pitcher).

West Linn sophomore infielder Karson Lindell received honorable mention in the all-star balloting.

In Class 5A, two Putnam players received recognition. Putnam junior shortstop Trace Loehr was named to the first all-star team, while Putnam senior outfielder Eli Skiles received honorable mention.

Four La Salle seniors received recognition in Class 4A. Trey Norton made the 4A third team as a pitcher, while Grant Studdard (catcher), Cameron Young (infield) and Sean Hays (utility — first base and pitcher) received honorable mention.

Norton finished with a 9-3 record and a 1.93 ERA. Studdard, Norton and Young finished with respective batting averages of .364, .354 and .345.

Gladstone senior outfielder Ty Breshears received honorable mention in the all-star balloting.

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