Area athletes net 3A all-league baseball honors
CLASS 3A ALL-WESTERN SLOPE LEAGUE
Infield: Calvin Corey, Sr., Olathe; Brady Wilson, Jr., Gunnison; Ty Percival, Jr., Gunnison; Trent Rose, Jr., Olathe; Greyson Keener, Jr., Coal Ridge; Michael Glen, Soph., Basalt; Brett Lloyd, Jr., Moffat County.
Outfield: Jake Wallin, Sr., Gunnison; Ian Obanion, Sr., Gunnison; Hugh Turner, Sr., Moffat County; Dominic Mazza, Sr., Olathe; Nathan Nelson, Jr., Coal Ridge; Aldo Pinela, Soph., Roaring Fork.
Catchers: Colby Archuleta, Jr., Gunnison; Mario Hightower, Sr., Olathe; Tucker Shoon, Sr., Basalt.
Pitchers: Jacob Mazza, Jr., Olathe; Brevin Book, Jr., Gunnison; Kevin Grivy, Sr., Coal Ridge; Noah Schoenberger, Sr., Basalt.
Infielders: Rafael Neito, Jr., Olathe; Trey Pervival, Sr., Gunnison; Tyler Chadwick, Jr., Moffat County; Hunter Gerber, Jr., Coal Ridge; Raul Torres, Fr., Basalt; Logan Conley, Jr., Basalt; Luke Bowen, Jr., Grand Valley; Tristan Niskenen, Jr., Aspen.
Outfielders: Raul Leyva, Sr., Roaring Fork; Logan Olson, Sr., Grand Valley; Josh Turner, Fr., Moffat County; Connor Kenz, Jr., Moffat County.
Catcher: Jamison Fuentes, Fr., Aspen.
Four baseball players from high schools in Garfield County earned first-team honors when the Class 3A Western Slope League all-league team was determined by the league’s coaches last month.
Three players from Coal Ridge High School, along with one player from Roaring Fork, earned first-team, all-WSL honors. In all, including honorable mentions, Coal Ridge had four players earn all-league accolades, with both Roaring Fork and Grand Valley each with two.
First-team award winners for Coal Ridge included junior infielder Greyson Keener, junior outfielder Nathan Nelson and senior pitcher Kevin Grivy. Honorable mention accolades as an infielder for Coal Ridge went to Hunter Gerber, a junior who had never played organized baseball prior to this season.
Each of those four players helped the Titans earn a fourth-place finish in the league standings and earn its second consecutive trip to the Class 3A state playoffs, where they lost in the first round at Kent Denver.
Roaring Fork earned a first-team award winner in sophomore Aldo Pinela, who was a member of a team with a roster made primarily of freshmen and sophomores. Earning honorable-mention recognition as an outfielder was Raul Leyva, a senior and one of only six upperclassmen on the Rams’ 16-player roster.
For Grand Valley, the Cardinals had two honorable-mention award winners. One of them was Luke Bowen, who was recognized as an honorable mention, while outfielder Logan Olson, a senior, was recognized as an outfielder.
Gunnison, the league champion, had the most all-league award winners with eight players — six of them earning first-team recognition. Olathe, the runner-up, got a second-team Class 3A all-state award winner in Calvin Corey.
Two Gunnison players (Colby Archuleta and Brady Wilson) were all-state honorable mentions. Moffat County’s Phillip Chadwick was also an all-state honorable mention.
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