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Eight make WSL first teams

Post Independent/Kelley Cox
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The numbers are so big you have to wonder how an opposing pitcher ever got an out on any of the area’s five 3A and 4A first-team, all-league picks during the recently completed 2006 prep baseball season.In fact, few did.

Eli Snead of Rifle topped the list of area first-team honorees with a .558 batting average. Demon Boyd Milhorn’s .460 average was the lowest of the bunch. He made up for that deficit by clubbing 40 RBIs.Add in the .476 of Glenwood Springs’ Beau Chicoine, the .460 of Rifle’s Bryce Enewold and the .454 of Roaring Fork’s Jake Bowman, and you’ve got an unbeatable lineup.That’s something the league coaches who voted the area players onto the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope League postseason teams agree on.

Snead, Enewold, Chicoine and Bowman – all seniors – are all repeat first-teamers. This is the first time Milhorn, also a senior, was honored.Tabbed as the Class 4A, WSL’s shortstop, Snead led the 9-10 Bears in three offensive categories and tied Enewold for the team lead in hits with 29. Milhorn’s 40 ribbies was the second-highest total in that department by 4A Colorado prep this season.Chicoine, chosen as an infielder/pitcher on the 4A squad, led the Demons with 30 hits and eight doubles, and also compiled a 5-3 pitching record with 53 strikeouts.



Bowman displayed his versatility on the diamond, alternating throughout the year as the Rams’ No. 1 catcher and starting pitcher.Selected as the Class 3A WSL’s catcher, Bowman – who will play football at Division II Chadron (Neb.) State College this fall – helped send Roaring Fork to the first round of the state playoffs by rapping out 20 hits.Five of his Ram teammates – seniors Adam Joiner, Jake Kinney, Skyler McAllister, Parker Nieslanik and Kyle Raaflaub – received honorable mention on the 3A team.

Demon juniors Tim Cashel and Chance Stevens and Bear senior Uriel Quezada and sophomore Zach Whitmore earned honorable mention on the 4A squad.Three area players were voted to the Class 2A, WSL first team. Tyler Jensen and Matt Thompson from Grand Valley along with Zach Lyon of Coal Ridge got the nod. Three more Cardinals – Danny Manzanares, Josh Selby and Brian Vanderpool – plus Titan pitcher Alex Haynes received honorable mention.Complete all-league team selections appear in today’s scoreboard.


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