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Bennett tabbed state's top pitcher

Campbell, Cook and Gellos also earn first-team honors


by: DAN BROOD - SIMPLY THE BEST -- Tualatin High School junior Jacob Bennett was named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year. TUALATIN — It’s been quite a baseball season for Jacob Bennett.

It’s also been pretty special for the rest of the Tualatin High School baseball squad.

And the accolades keep piling up for the Timberwolves.

That especially seems to be the case for Bennett.

The hard-throwing, right-handed pitcher, who just finished his junior season at Tualatin, just picked up a big honor, as he was recently named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year for the state for the 2014 season.

“That means a lot to me, it’s a real honor,” Bennett said. “There are so many great pitchers out there. I didn’t think I’d be the one to get it. I’m out of words to describe it.”

In addition to being named the Pitcher of the Year, Bennett is one of three Timberwolves, along with junior pitcher Karter Cook and senior catcher Jake Gellos, to be named to the Class 6A All-State first team. Tigard senior second baseman Bruin Campbell also was named to the all-state first team.

by: DAN BROOD - COOKING WITH FIRE -- Tualatin junior Karter Cook was the other half of the Wolves' potent one-two punch on the mound.But, leading the way for the local representatives was Bennett, who previously was named the Pacific Conference Pitcher of the Year while also earning all-conference first-team accolades as both a pitcher and a first baseman.

“It’s great that he got this,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “He just had a great year for us.”

And it was a record-setting year for Bennett as well. He set an all-time Tualatin record for innings pitched in a season with 80, breaking the old record held by Mitchell Lambson. And he set a new school record for the lowest earned-run average for a season with a mark of 0.35, breaking the old record set by Chris Pine.

Bennett also had a 9-1 win-loss record and he recorded 101 strikeouts in his 80 innings of work, as he helped the Wolves win the conference crown and advance all the way to the semifinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

“Of course, our main goal was to win the state title,” Bennett said. “But this was nice. It came as a shock to me.”

“He’ll just keep getting better and better,” Strachan said.

Cook, a right-hander, also was another first-team pick as a pitcher.

“Karter deserved it,” Bennett said. “I feel lucky to have him on my team. We pushed each other.”

by: DAN BROOD - ALL-STAR CATCHER -- Tualatin High School senior Jake Gellos, shown here hitting a home run at Newberg, was named the Class 6A all-state first team catcher. For the season, Cook had a 10-3 record with a 1.14 ERA. He struck out 77 batters in 67 innings of work and opponents hit for just a .178 average against him.

Gellos joined the two pitchers as a first-team all-state selection.

For the season, Gellos hits for a .384 batting average with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 25 RBIs and 28 runs scored in 86 at-bats. He also went 6 for 6 in stolen-base attempts while playing spectacular defense behind the plate.

Campbell, a three-year starter at second base for Tigard, ended his Tiger career in strong fashion with his first-team all-state honor.

For the season, Campbell hit for a .410 batting average with 18 runs scored, 24 RBIs, five double, a triple and 27 stolen bases. He also had a fielding percentage of .962.

by: DAN BROOD - BRUIN BASH -- Tigard senior Bruin Campbell was a first-team all-state pick as an infielder.Tualatin sophomore Chase Anderson was a second-team all-state pick in the outfield. Anderson displayed his speed both in the outfield, and on the base paths, stealing a school record 31 bases on the season.

“And he’s going to improve,” Strachan said.

Timberwolf senior Cooper Brunner was an honorable mention all-state pick as an outfielder. Bennett was an honorable mention pick at first base and Tigard senior shortstop Shane Rasor also earned honorable mention all-state honors.

Now, Bennett and Wolves are looking for even bigger things in 2015.

“We’re going to come back and be even better,” Bennett said. “We have a lot of stuff to live up to.”

Clackamas senior outfielder Elliot Cary was named the Class 6A Player of the Year and North Medford’s Brett Wolfe was tabbed the Coach of the Year.

The conference champion Tualatin High School softball team had four players earn Class 6A all-state honors.

Timberwolf junior pitcher Emily Sorem, senior second baseman Beth Fanger and sophomore outfielder Caitlyn Sung were all second-team all-state selections. Tualatin junior catcher Nikki Miller was a third-team all-state pick.

Tigard junior second baseman Kayla Saldana was an honorable mention all-state pick.

Glencoe senior Courtney Clayton was chosen as the Class 6A Player of the Year. South Salem’s Katie Donovan was named the Pitcher of the Year and South Salem’s Scott McCormick was named the Coach of the Year.




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