For the second consecutive year, Paonia first baseman Tyler Kendall was named to The Denver Post and Max Prep's 2A All-State first team. Kendall led the state in hitting with a .621 batting average, and had a slugging percentage of 1.000.
The senior and four-year varsity player hit three homers, two triples and nine doubles for the season. He was ranked fifth in state with 36 RBIs in 36 hits, and struck out only four times. Pitchers often avoided Kendall's strike zone; he reached first base on walks 22 times.
Kendall was also a relief pitcher, appearing in 10 games for four wins, 25 walks and 42 strike-outs.
Hotchkiss utility player Russ Evans was named all-state, honorable mention. Evans had 34 hits for 28 RBIs for the season. He had a batting average of .436, an on-base percentage of .484 and a slugging percentage of .564.
Junior outfielder Peter Williamson of Cedaredge was named honorable mention in the Post's 3A all-state selections. Williamson had a .500 batting average with 14 RBIs and 35 hits in 70 at bats. Williamson was a leading base runner in the state and ranked sixth in stolen bases with 20, and seventh in runs scored with 21.
Making the 2A WSL all-conference first team were Kendall, seniors Taylor Katzer (pitcher) and Jacob Leon (catcher), and junior outfielder Tyler Jackson. All-conference Bulldogs included Brayden Wilson (third base), Devan Rupe (pitcher), and Evans.
As a sophomore, Rupe pitched 35 innings, allowing 27 hits and striking out 45. He had a .463 batting average, scored 27 runs and hit nine triples, two home runs and had 16 RBIs. Junior Hank Edwards and freshman pitcher Cesar Gonzalez were named all-conference, honorable mention.
Katzer had eight wins and one loss in 11 appearances for an on-base percentage of .285. Katzer was also 16-17 in stolen bases and had 12 RBIs and five doubles in 27 hits.
Jackson had a batting average of .358 with nine RBIs in 19 hits and was 7-7 in stolen bases. He threw 92 Ks in 211 at bats.
Joel Simianer (outfielder) and Keaton Kropp (second baseman) were named all-conference honorable mention. Kropp, a senior, scored 23 runs and drove in 23 RBIs in 26 hits. Simianer, a sophomore, had a slugging percentage of .629. He hit five home runs and two grand slams and drove in 27 RBIs in 22 hits.blog comments powered by Disqus