The Longhorn pitcher is tabbed as the Teammate of the Year

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - TOP TEAMMATE -- Tigard's Henry Ammann, here with the Arntson family, was given the Teammate of the Year Award prior to Saturday's OIBA tournament championship game at Oregon City. OREGON CITY — In Henry Ammann’s eyes, he didn’t do anything all that special.

In fact, he said he just did what everyone else should be doing.

Maybe that’s what makes it so special.

Coaches in the Oregon Independent Baseball Association must think so.

That’s because, on Saturday, Ammann, a Tigard High School senior-to-be, was honored as the recipient of the Jake Arntson Teammate of the Year Award.

“I didn’t expect this. I’m truly blessed,” said Ammann, who received the award prior to the OIBA tournament championship game, played at Oregon City High School. “I couldn’t have got this without my coaches and teammates.”

The award is given in honor of Jake Arntson, the son of Clackamas baseball coach John Arntson, who, as a 7-year-old, died in a tragic automobile accident on Dec. 31, 2012. The honor goes to the OIBA player who puts his team, and teammates, first. The player chosen, as voted on by OIBA coaches, should demonstrate selflessness, enthusiasm and passion for his team and for the game of baseball.

“I feel that’s something that every player should have,” Ammann said. “I feel it should be expected. Everyone should be a good teammate. I just tried to embrace that.”

Ammann, who was a pitcher/outfielder for the Tigard Longhorns OIBA squad, is the second recipient of the Jake Arntson Teammate of the Year Award. Clackamas’ Taylor Stinson received the honor in 2013.

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