All-league baseball awards go to Glenwood and Rifle
All-4A Western Slope League
Player of the Year: Andrew Bowles, Palisade.
Pitcher of the Year: Easton Woods, Palisade.
Coach of the Year: Aaron Howard, Palisade.
Sean Weller, Battle Mountain; Derek Horn, Delta; Tristan Brown, Delta; Jasper Carmichael, Delta; Chase Nieslanik, Glenwood Springs; Andrew Bowles, Palisade; Easton Woods, Palisade; John Taber, Palisade; Matt Seriani, Palisade; Layton Stutsman, Rifle; Takoda Chaney, Rifle; Jesse Pugh, Steamboat Springs; Thomas DeBonville, Summit; Luke Egging, Summit; Mitchell Gray, Summit.
Jake Singleton, Battle Mountain; Damon Jensen, Delta; Ethan Keller, Delta; Jacob Leary, Delta; Ethan Ellsworth, Eagle Valley; Slater Sabo, Eagle Valley; Oscar Gallegos, Eagle Valley; Ian Scruton, Glenwood Springs; Quincy Campbell, Palisade; Luis Arevalo, Palisade; Joe Lucas, Palisade; Ricky Seltzer, Summit; Gabe Marbas, Rifle; Charley Fitzhugh, Steamboat Springs.
Two members of Rifle High School’s baseball team and one member of the Glenwood Springs Demons received first-team recognition when the Class 4A Western Slope League all-league team was determined by coaches at the end of the regular season.
Rifle’s first-team award winners included senior outfielder Layton Stutsman and sophomore pitcher Takoda Chaney. Stutsman, who will play football at Division III Central College in Iowa in the fall, hit .419 with 26 hits, 26 RBIs, nine doubles and 18 runs scored in 62 at-bats. Chaney finished the season with a 3-1 pitching record with three complete game in five starts, including 15 walks and 31 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings pitched.
Nieslanik, the Demons’ top pitcher this season, finished with a 3.58 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 31 walks in 44 innings. He also hit .281 with a team-high four home runs and 17 RBIs.
Also earning all-league recognition was Gabe Marbas of Rifle and Ian Scruton of Glenwood, each of whom received honorable-mention recognition.
Walking away with most of the league’s postseason awards was league-champion Palisade, which had the WSL’s player of the year in Andrew Bowles, its pitcher of the year in Easton Woods, and the coach of the year in Aaron Howard.
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