For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.
Among his other recognitions, in 2017 Seriani made MaxPreps Small Schools All-American baseball team and in 2016 was on the "Small Schools Baseball Player of the Year" watch list.
The 23-2 Eagles won their second straight state title in 2018, and for the second year, head coach Nate Miller was named Class 2A Coach of the Year. In his four years as head coach the Eagles have achieved an 88-10 record.
At the receiving end of Seriani's 90-plus-mph fast balls was catcher Jaden Miller, who was named to the All-State First Team for the second consecutive year and was the Western Slope League player of the year in 2015. At the plate this year Miller and Seriani led the class in RBIs and were ranked second and third, respectively, in slugging percentage.
Anders Schopp also received All-State First Team honors from the CHSAA. Schopp made the CHSAA second team as a junior.
Senior Slater Podgorny made the CHSAA second team for the second consecutive year. Podgorny played at short stop and on offense led the class in runs scored with 59.
Second-year starting infielder Grey Neal received honorable mention and one of three Class 2A sophomores in the state to receive all-state honors.