Local players earn all-league honors
Pacific Conference all-star team features several Hilhi, Glencoe and Century players
The Hillsboro area is clearly not lacking for baseball talent.
The citys three Class 6A schools were well-represented on the Pacific Conference all-star team, which was announced at the end of the season. Among local schools, Hilhi led the way with four first-team selections and nine players in all. Glencoe had a first-teamer and a total of four players named to the list, while six Century players made the cut.
For the Spartans, Chase Kaplan (pitcher), Ryan Denfeld (designated hitter), Damon Peters (infield) and Austin Lutheran-Burt (outfield) all made the first team. Kaplan also earned second team honors at first base.
On the mound, Kaplan was Hilhis ace. He ended an outstanding senior season with an 8-3 record and also earned a save. In 81 innings of work, he gave up 47 hits, 26 runs (13 earned) and 22 walks while striking out 115 batters for an impressive 1.12 earned run average. Kaplan also earned second team all-state honors for his performance this season.
Kaplan was equally solid at the plate, recording 33 hits, a team-high 18 RBIs, 18 runs scored and a .330 batting average.
Fellow senior Denfeld contributed 20 hits, five RBIs, four runs and a .274 batting average, while Peters excelled as the teams leadoff hitter this season with 38 hits (including 10 doubles), nine RBIs, 27 runs and 17 stolen bases. Already a star as just a sophomore, Peters led the team in hits, doubles, runs scored and stolen bases. He also posted a .362 batting average.
Lutheran-Burt ended his high school career with high honors after contributing 33 hits, 16 RBIs, 19 runs and a stellar .388 batting average, the highest on the team. He was the squads co-leader in RBIs with two outs (eight).
Junior infielder Brennyn Hobbs and junior outfielder Dylan Frederick made the second team. Hobbs supplied 33 hits, 16 RBIs and 11 runs to go along with a .375 batting average, while Frederick recorded 25 hits, 17 RBIs, 18 runs scored and a .309 batting average. He also had eight RBIs with two outs and was walked a team-high 18 times.
Josh McCullough, Evan Leglar and Jacob Staub rounded out the Spartans picks as honorable mention selections.
A senior infielder, McCullough had 18 hits, six RBIs, nine runs and a .265 batting average. Leglar, a junior, was recognized as an outfielder after putting up 15 hits, eight RBIs, six runs and a .242 batting average. Staub, a senior pitcher, yielded 39 hits, 27 runs (19 earned) and walked 17 over 41 innings while striking out 27, for an earned run average of 3.24.
That bunch helped Hilhi put together an inspiring postseason run. The Spartans were 7-10 in league play to finish sixth, but went on to win a play-in game and three straight playoff games before falling to defending state champion Sheldon in the semifinal round. Hilhi finished the season at 14-15.
Glencoe had two players recognized at two positions each, including its sole first-teamer.
Kyle Campbell was named to the top squad for his infield work, and he also made the second team as a pitcher. The senior led the team with a .370 batting average, and also had 11 RBIs and five stolen bases. As a pitcher, he went 4-3 with a 1.49 ERA, striking out 35 batters and surrendering only 10 runs in 47 innings of work.
Similarly, fellow senior Joey Haynes was named to the second team as an infielder and he also received honorable mention as a pitcher. Haynes batted .256, but led the team with 10 extra-base hits including the Tides only home run 20 RBIs and 16 runs scored. On the mound, he went 6-4 with a 3.69 ERA in a team-high 62.2 innings of work.
Senior first baseman Trevor Williams and senior outfielder Avery Elrod also were honorable mention selections.
Williams batted .202 for the season and was second on the team with 13 RBIs and nine extra-base hits. Elrod posted a .227 batting average with 15 hits, nine runs and five RBIs.
The Crimson Tide finished tops among area teams in the league, landing fourth with a 9-8 record after going 5-2 in the second half of conference play. Glencoe fell 4-1 to Clackamas in the first round of the playoffs and finished the season at 12-16 overall.
Century did not land a player on the first team but still received plenty of recognition.
Seniors Marcos Hernandez (catcher) and Sam Bates (outfielder) both landed spots on the second team, while Kolby Somers stamped himself as a player to watch in the future. The freshman picked up honorable mention status as a pitcher as well as at first base.
Three seniors also earned honors. Nick Lo Bue (pitcher) and infielders Josh Sundquist and Daniel Moore were honorable mention selections.
The Jaguars finished fifth in the Pacific Conference with a 7-10 record, held off McKay in a play-in game, and then pulled off a stunning 5-4 upset of No. 9 Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs. Century ended the year at 15-14 after falling to Sheldon on the road in the round of 16.
As for overall league honors, Tigard senior infielder Bruin Campbell was named player of the year, and Tualatin junior Jacob Bennett was selected as pitcher of the year. He was also named state pitcher of the year. Tualatins Adam Strachan was the leagues coach of the year.