Gazette Preps 2018 Baseball All-Stars

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FIRST TEAM

PITCHERS

Riley Cornelio, jr., Pine Creek – Cornelio completed his junior season ranked as a top-10 pitcher in the state with a 0.91 ERA through 53.2 innings pitched. He racked up seven wins, 85 strikeouts and just 25 hits through 211 batters faced and threw four complete teams and four shutouts. He also ranked third on the team batting .468 with 21 RBIs.

Rodney Gregg, jr., Peyton – Gregg helped the Panthers to its first state championship appearance in over three decades as one of the top-ranked 2A pitcher throwing 70.2 innings with a 1.29 ERA. With nine wins and 116 strikeouts the ace led one of the classifications’ top pitching rotations, which tossed a 1.96 team ERA between six pitchers.

Jay Onken, sr., Pine Creek – Onken was another piece of the Pine Creek puzzle that helped the Eagles earn the right as the Pikes Peak regions’ best 5A team, and a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs. He earned a 1.91 ERA and had three complete games. Onken threw lights out in the 5A Region 7 Championship game, earning a career-high 12 strikeouts through five innings.

CATCHER

Rayn Stratton, sr., Fountain-Fort Carson – With a .412 average, Stratton was not only a leader at the plate, but also behind it with a .991 fielding percentage and just one error on the season. While he wasn’t guarding the plate, he knocked in 11 RBIs and struck out just five times through 68 at bats for an on-base percentage of .453.

1ST BASE

Justin Olson, sr., Pine Creek – Olson, the recently named Colorado Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year, led the state with 14 home runs, and was ranked among the top players in the state batting .525 and slugging 1.432. He had a .966 fielding percentage with just one error on the year and was 3-1 on the mound with a 1.77 ERA.

2ND BASE

Lincoln Andrews, jr., Canon City – Andrews stacked the stat sheet with a .964 fielding percentage with just five errors, and helped to turn five double plays. Andrews also led the team with a .534 batting average with 23 RBIs and four home runs. Plus his 1.64 ERA through six appearances and 16 strikeouts made Andrews an all-around threat for the Tigers.

3RD BASE

Darrian Escobar-Winter, sr., Falcon – Escobar-Winter had the top batting average in Class 4A through the regular season, and is ranked No. 7 in the state with a .641 average. He’s the top slugger in his classification with a 1.171 slugging percentage thanks in part to knocking out six home runs. In addition to his impressive performance at the plate, Escobar-Winter also boasts a .900 fielding percentage and five errors through 20 games.

SHORTSTOP

Reece Bishop, so., Mesa Ridge – Only through his second year of varsity play and Bishop is already making waves at shortstop. The 5-foot-11 sophomore had a .905 fielding percentage and nine errors. He helped to turn five double plays and also ranked second on the team with a .561 batting average and 24 RBIs. His sophomore year was an improvement from his successful freshman campaign in which he batted .436 with 7 RBIs.

OUTFIELD

Zac Hanenberg, sr., Canon City – Hanenberg was Canon City’s leadoff man hitting .446 with 18 RBIs and was ranked second on the team with nine stolen bases. He was also 5-1 on the mound with a 3.05 ERA and team-leading 42 strikeouts. When not at the plate or on the mound, Hanenberg had a .914 fielding percentage with just three errors.  

Parker Gregory, jr., Pine Creek – Gregory boasted a .507 batting average, good for second on the team, and knocked in 26 runs for the Eagles. He was also perfect in the field with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Gregory also earned three saves on the mound with a 3.50 ERA through seven appearances.

Gabe Halaby, sr., Palmer Ridge – Halaby, the PPAC Player of the Year, led Palmer Ridge with a .466 average and 28 RBIs. He also had an impressive year in the field, in which he earned a perfect fielding percentage that included four assists. Halaby had one save and a 2.27 ERA.

FLEX/UTILITY

Bryce McKee, jr., Coronado – McKee led the Cougars with a .500 average - nearly 100 points ahead of the next-ranked batter. He knocked in 19 RBIs and stole 19 bases in his junior season. In 74 plate appearances he struck out just five times, helping him to a 1.506 OPS percentage. He also had a .910 fielding percentage and had the most appearances on the mound with nine. He threw two complete games and was 4-3.

SECOND TEAM

PITCHERS

JC Watne, sr., Palmer Ridge

Bryce Eisenrich, jr., Liberty

Charlie Deeds, jr., Palmer Ridge

CATCHER

AJ Strobel, jr., Peyton

1ST BASE

Michael Ellis, so., Cheyenne Mountain

2ND BASE

Ben Kleinsmith, sr., Palmer Ridge

3RD BASE

Bridger Havens, jr., Palmer Ridge

SHORTSTOP

Justin Briggs, sr., Palmer

OUTFIELD

Jack Denker, sr., Cheyenne Mountain

Mason Collier, sr., Palmer

Lucas Colvin, jr., Doherty  

FLEX/UTILITY

Kadin Porter, sr., Canon City

HONORABLE MENTION

Air Academy – Kane Daniluk, jr., Josh Deunas, jr., Grant Dudden, jr., Bo Powers, Grant Shandy, jr., Carter Wood, so.,

Calhan – Gage Alexander, so., Brayden Dillingham, jr., Eddie Glaser, jr., Joe Hayes, jr.

Canon City Shane Coffey, sr.,

Cheyenne Mountain Aaron Berkhoff, sr., AJ Carpenter, Chase McCleary, sr., Jason Randall, sr.

The Classical Academy – Ethan Boyles, sr., Hayden Cooper, jr., Noah Lasecki, jr., Brayden Luft, sr., Steven Smith, fr., Josh Roper, so., John Byll, sr.

Coronado – Parker Martin, jr., Nathan Papenfuss, so., Ty Thompson, fr., Tucker Travins, jr., Issiah Sisneros, sr.

Discovery Canyon – Jaden Boles, sr., Caleb Grotelueschen, sr., Brad King, sr., Mark Reyes, sr.

Doherty – David Cooper, fr., Jordan Cornelison, jr., Randy Good, sr., Kyle Gatton, sr.

Ellicott – Clay Sanger, fr.

Evangelical Christian – Ben DeRuiter, sr., Daniel Perry, jr., Zach Perry., sr., Cameron Rawlings, sr.

Falcon – Connor Kessler, sr., Kody Sellers, sr., Conner Thiele, Matt Williams, jr.,

Fountain-Fort Carson – Jarren Sly, sr., Brody Stegman, sr., Garrett Thibault, jr.,

Harrison Justin Maynes, sr.

Lewis-Palmer – Johnny Behm, jr., Brady Choban, sr., Christian Holden, jr., Jason Shuger, jr.

Liberty – Marty Clift, sr., Sean Conboy, sr., Chris Smith, jr.

Mesa Ridge – Bobby Bustillos, sr., Daevion Kinnard, sr., Dylan Martell, sr.

Sand Creek Whyatt Chapman, sr.

Mitchell Michael Volkert, jr., Bennie Bridenthal, jr.,

Palmer – Cale Fields, jr.

Palmer Ridge – Jack Flynn, so., Tate Glen, sr., Jake Wade, sr., Jack Wotta, jr.

Peyton – Brandon Hussey, fr., Brennen Meyers, fr., Jaeden Meyers, jr., Rupert Shaw, jr.

Pine Creek – Braden Dedrick, jr., Zac Heisler, sr., Cade Kleckner, sr., Drake Logan, jr., Kyle Moran, jr.

Rampart – Austin Brady, sr., Hunter Felts, jr., Brio Rookey, sr., Ian Watkins, jr., Brandon White, jr.,

Vista Ridge Brandan Chamberlin, jr., Gabe Schafer, sr.

Widefield – Elijah Clark, sr., Isaiah Grima, sr., Brennan Heitz, sr., Reece Libey, sr.

Woodland Park – Dempsey Battin, sr., John Hoffman, sr.,