Four West Linn players honored on Class 6A all-state baseball
Great years lead to great rewards.
And the West Linn baseball team turned 2017 into a great year. The Lions rolled to an impressive 16-1 record and a Three Rivers League title, then strung together a 21-game winning streak that didn't end until the team's 5-1 loss to Clackamas in the Class 6A state championship game.
The rewards came with the recently released Class 6A all-state baseball teams, with four players — shortstop Tim Tawa, first baseman Jake Porter and outfielders Chase Cosner and Garrett Marioni — honored on all-state teams.
Porter, a senior, earned a spot on the first team after batting .400 with 18 doubles, 33 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Tawa, another senior, hit .365 with five homers, 14 doubles, 24 RBIs and 40 runs to win his place on the all-state fiorst team.
Senior center fielder Cosner batted .412 with 26 RBIs and 31 runs on the year, and Marioni — a junior right fielder — hit .340 with 21 RBIs and 25 runs to earn their spots on the all-state honorable mention team.
Centennial junior outfielder Dawson Day was named Player of the Year, Century senior Kolby Somers was named Pitcher of the Year, and Clackamas coach John Arntson, who led the Cavaliers to the state championship, was named Coach of the Year.
Pitchers: Baxter Halligan, Lincoln, senior; Austen Carpenter, Gresham, senior; Wyatt Smith, McMinnville, senior; Kolby Somers, Century, senior; Callan McRae, Beaverton, senior. Catchers: Justin Geyer, North Medford, senior; Aaron Zavala, South Salem, junior. First basemen: Isaiah Molaski, South Eugene, senior; Jake Porter, West Linn, senior. Infielders: Tim Tawa, West Linn, senior; Willie Weiss, Westview, junior; Brandon Leitgeb, Lincoln, senior; DQ Lee, Oregon City, senior; Matthew Ismay, McNary, senior. Outfielders: Kevin Watson Jr., Beaverton, senior; Jacob Melton, South Medford, junior; Dawson Day, Centennial, senior; Max Long, Sprague, junior. Utility: Greg Mehlhaff, Clackamas, junior; Kenji Lamdin, Grant, sophomore.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Dawson Day, Centennial, senior
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Kolby Somers, Century, senior
COACH OF THE YEAR — John Arntson, Clackamas
Pitchers: Jacob Miller, West Albany, senior; Jonah Sherman, South Eugene, senior; Kevin Reilly, Clackamas, senior; Alex Giroux, Lake Oswego, sophomore; Sawyer Medlin, Grant, senior. Catchers: Nathan Springer, Glencoe, junior; Jordan Mambaje, Clackamas, senior. First basemen: Trace Hokkanen, Beaverton, senior; Tanner Sorensen, Sprague, senior. Infielders: Wyatt Christophersen, Beaverton, senior; Sammy Willman, Grant, junior; Justin Culpepper, Sprague, senior; Matt Land, Sheldon, senior; Vincent Zavolta, Grants Pass, senior; Ben Braukmann, Westview, junior. Outfielders: Brett Thomas, Tigard, senior; Jack Fletcher, Grant, junior; John Arndorfer, Jesuit, senior; Sam Haney, Lake Oswego, junior. Utility: Harrison Grow, Sherwood, senior.
Pitchers: Eli Morse, Cleveland, senior; Zack Mandera, Roseburg, sophomore; Caden Hennessy, Clackamas, senior; Taylor Ott, Tigard, senior; Mick Abel, Jesuit, freshman; Jon Fortner, Lincoln, senior; Ethan Whitney, South Medford, senior; Lucas Denhert, Reynolds, senior; Cody Vestal, Sprague, senior. Catchers: Ezra Samperi, Gresham, junior; Parker Kunz, Tigard, senior; Even Cyrus, West Salem, senior. First baseman: Nick Raska, North Salem, junior. Infielders: Zach Diehl, Sheldon, senior; Bubba Jaha, Clackamas, junior; Tori Doten, South Salem, junior; Jayce Lien, West Albany, junior; Kyle Dernedde, Tualatin, sophomore; Brendan Ritschard, Centennial, senior. Outfielders: Tyler Rund, Grants Pass, junior; Tyler Wood, Gresham, senior; Casey Peterson, Clackamas, senior; Chase Cosner, West Linn, senior; Garrett Marioni, West Linn, junior; Kasey Buchanan, North Medford, senior; Gabe Skoro, Lincoln, senior; Jacob Bunn, Beaverton, senior. Utility: Jacob Biesterfeld, Gresham, junior.