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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 5:14 am | Updated: 11:14 am, Tue May 28, 2013.

All-Tribune First Team

Player                      School          Pos.  Yr.   Comment

Max Schuman    Arcadia    C    Sr.    Utah commit tied for state lead in homers (12); 1.412 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage

Jack Zoellner    Gilbert    1B    Sr.    New Mexico commit tied Schuman with 12 HR; had 45 RBI, batted .500 with 1.609 OPS

Dustin Peterson    Gilbert    2B    Sr.    ASU commit batted .530 with 1.732 OPS, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 43 R; should be high selection in MLB draft

Riley Unroe    Desert Ridge    SS    Sr.    POY batted .553, led state with 1.764 OPS; 10 HR, 59 RBI, 25 SB; 2-1, 2.63 ERA as closer

David Greer    Desert Mountain    3B    Sr.    ASU commit had 1.255 OPS, 46 runs, walk-off hit in title game; 1.88 ERA, 29 K, 2 BB in 19 IP

Brock Hale    Mesa    OF    Sr.    Fantastic year in obscurity; batted .529 with 1.011 SLG, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 14 SB

MJ Hubbs    Pinnacle    OF    Sr.    Hit .494 with .909 SLG, 4 HR, 30 RBI as leader of potent Pinnacle offense

Nick Affronti    Notre Dame    OF    Sr.    Had .554 OBP, 5 HR, 41 RBI; best hitter for D-II state-champion Saints

Cody Bellinger    Hamilton    Util    Sr.    Dominated on mound with 4-0 record, 1.21 ERA, 35 K in 29 IP; 1.134 OPS at plate, great 1B glove    

Skyler Cohn    Desert Ridge    P    Sr.    Jaguars’ ace went 9-1 with 1.22 ERA; 4 CG, 2 SO, 46 K in 63.1 IP

Austin Schnabel    Notre Dame    P    Sr.    Led Saints with 11-2 record, 1.69 ERA, 1.03 WHIP; struck out 90, walked only 14 in 78.2 IP

Player of the Year: Riley Unroe, Desert Ridge

Coach of the Year: Brian Fischer — Helped Saints get over hump to win D-II title despite key injuries and death of brother late in season

All-Tribune Second Team

Player    School    Pos.    Yr.    Comment

Ben Rodriguez    Desert Mountain    C    Sr.    .504 on-base, .755 SLG, hit 8 HR with 28 RBI; strong arm defensively for champs

Dillon Bigcrane-Jackson    Chaparral    1B    Sr.    Big bopper had .565 OBP, .740 SLG, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 28 BB for D-I runners-up

Wyatt Pattyson    Poston Butte    2B    Sr.    Sparkplug batted .500 on season and slugged .852; 4 HR, 39 R    

Jamie Westbrook    Basha    SS    Sr.    Pepperdine commit had .495 OBP, .953 SLG, 10 HR to cap impressive career

Jake Smith    Highland    3B    Sr.    Gilbert All-District selection hit .419 with 1.156 OPS, 3 HR, 24 RBI

Carter Gladstone    Valley Christian    OF    Sr.    Top average (.622), OBP (.701) in East Valley; 2 HR, 40 RBI, 22 SB, 19 BB, only 1 K

Josh Moore    Gilbert    OF    Sr.    Slugger hit .423 with 1.335 OPS, 9 HR, 37 RBI; committed to Utah

Ryan Castellani    Brophy    OF    Jr.    Two-way star hit .379 with 1.185 OPS, 6 HR, 24 RBI; went 7-2 with 2.10 ERA, 55 K in 60 IP    

Cody Erickson     Desert Mountain    Util    Sr.    Ace of Wolves finished 6-1 with 1.65 ERA, 47 K in 52 IP; had 1.058 OPS, 8 HR 42 RBI

Tyler Viza    Desert Vista    P    Sr.    6-5 record wasn’t great, but had sparkling 1.48 ERA, 5 CG, only 16 BB in 80.1 IP

Irvin Ruiz    St. Mary’s    P    Sr.    Went 9-1 with E.V.-best 0.94 ERA; 44 K in 52 IP, with only question mark being competition

Honorable mention

Arcadia: Joshua Arnd, So., IF; Basha: Ronnie Querry, Sr., OF; Austin Casillas, Sr., P; Brophy: Michael Westra, Sr., P; Ryan Grotjohn, Sr., IF; Steven Oleksak, Sr., P; Cactus Shadows: Jacob Meulich, Jr., DH, Cameron Ketchen, Sr., OF, Joey Wise, Sr., P; Campo Verde: Ryan Rodriguez, Sr., OF; Aaron Dotson, Sr., IF; Alex Lamberson, Sr., P: Chandler: Cooper Burton, Sr., OF; Hayden Durkiewicz, So., OF; Chandler Prep: Ben Brittain, So., IF; Chaparral: Colter Kilgour, Jr., C; Chris Nimtz, Sr., SS; Andrew Shaps, Jr., P; Combs: Ryan Johnson, Sr., IF; Nelson Paredes, Jr., IF; Corona del Sol: Nathan Chokey, Jr., OF; Colby Hamilton, Sr., C; Jeff Carter, Sr., IF; Coronado: Savoy Harney, Jr., IF; Andres Hernandez, Jr., IF/P; Desert Mountain: Calvin Boyd, Sr., P; Jake McAdams, Sr., P/DH; Jakob Goldfarb, Jr., OF; Desert Ridge: Jayden Eggimann, Sr., IF; Cam Richins, Sr., IF; Dylan Cook, Jr., P/OF; Desert Vista: Colby Woodmansee, Sr., IF; Austin Hicks, Sr., OF; A.J. Valencia, Jr., OF; Dobson: Justin Lee, Sr., IF; Josh Shaffer, Jr., OF; Gilbert: Tanner Herdt, Sr., P; Gilbert Classical: Andrew Strait, Sr., IF/P; Hamilton: Tyler Hill, Sr., IF; Kyle Pechloff, Sr., C; Kent Hasler, Jr., P; Tyler Erwin, Sr., P; Highland: Ethan Evanko, Sr., P: Kevan Elcock, Sr., IF; Trevor Elcock, Sr., OF; Horizon: Adam Wolfe, Sr., OF; Trevor Horn, Jr., IF/P; Chris Isbell, So., P; Marcos de Niza: Jaquese Moore, Sr., IF; McClintock: Preston Ryan, Sr., P; Craig McGinnis, Sr., P; Mesa: Joe Eto, Sr., IF/P; Mesa Prep: David Thomas, Jr., IF; Mesquite: Cole Valletta, Jr., OF; Matt Heibult, Sr., P; James Harrington, Sr., P/IF; Mountain Pointe: Jake Alexander, Jr., OF; Brantley Bell, Sr., IF; Cole Tucker, Jr., IF; Mountain View: Chase Anderson, Jr., C; Bryce Bailey, Sr., OF; Notre Dame: Devon DeRaad, Sr., OF/P; Duncan Morfitt, Sr., IF; Paradise Valley: Chandler Crow, Sr., OF; Perry: Dusty Wright, Sr. OF; Brady Weiss, Jr., C; Justin Schander, Sr., P; Pinnacle: Parker Manahan, Sr., IF; Brock Hartley, Sr., IF; Judson Stoddard, Sr., P; Poston Butte: Sal Martinez, Sr., IF; Queen Creek: Ryan Kottcamp, Jr., IF, Jaren Holmes, Sr., OF/P; Marcus Still, Jr., OF/P; Red Mountain: Brody Ryan, Sr., IF; Andrew Apodaca, Sr., OF; Jordan Zimmerman, Sr., IF; Saguaro: Brett Adams, Jr., C; Turner Lace, Jr., IF; Scottsdale Christian: Zach Scott, Sr., IF; Scottsdale Prep: Matt Munsil, Jr., IF/P; Seton Catholic: Matt Haggerty, Sr., OF; M.J. Villegas, Sr., P; Daniel Garlid, Sr., IF; Matt Pawlowski, Sr., OF/P; Skyline: Elliot Gilbert, Sr., C; St. Mary’s: Lukas Treffers, Sr., OF; Christian Chavez, Jr., IF; Luis Paez Leyva, So., IF; Antonio Coronado, So., P; Tempe: Luis Perez, Jr., IF; Tempe Prep: Forest Redlin, Sr., OF; Hayden Harden, Jr., OF; Valley Christian: Daniel Streng, Sr., P/IF; Westwood: Talon Parke, Sr., C; Hever Bueno, Sr., P; Williams Field: Skyler Wengert, Sr., IF; Chris Kobar, Jr., C; Travis Rowe, Sr., P.

Memorable Moments from the 2013 baseball season

Desert Mountain wins first title

The most consistent team from start to finish in Division I was Desert Mountain. The Wolves faced tough competition throughout and were the clear-cut best team by the end of the state tournament. The trio of David Greer, Cody Erickson and Ben Rodriguez led the way, but the team’s depth played a big role in its dominating run through the playoffs. Coach Brian Stephenson briefly lost his teaching job in the middle of the season but later regained it, but the Wolves never missed a beat. Desert Mountain defeated Chaparral, 4-3, on a walkoff single by Greer in the eighth inning for the first title in program history.

Notre Dame perseveres

Adversity was a common theme for the Notre Dame baseball season. Go-to hitter/pitcher Devon DeRaad missed the postseason with an injury, and the Saints were quickly knocked into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination portion of the Division II tournament. However, all that paled compared to what coach Brian Fischer went through. His brother, Brad, was shot and killed in Seattle in an act of random violence just before the tournament, and Fischer flew up to be with his family during the difficult time. He returned for the playoffs and helped guide the Saints to the title, as they won five straight elimination games, including a 2-1 victory over Phoenix Sunnyslope for the championship.

Pat Herrera resigns

It’s the end of a remarkable era at Desert Ridge, as coach Pat Herrera resigned following the season. He led the Jaguars to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, turning the program into one of the state’s best. Desert Ridge produced three Players of the Year under his watch — including Riley Unroe this year — and won 26 or more games in five of the past six seasons. His successor will have giant shoes to fill.

Single-elimination zaniness

The new tournament format — which makes the first two rounds single elimination — was bound to result in some upsets, but this year was especially surprising. Preseason No. 1 Hamilton was knocked out in the first round, as were perennial powers Brophy and Horizon. Desert Ridge, Gilbert and Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor fell in the second round, as several of the best teams in the state didn’t make it to the double-elimination quarterfinals.

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