The Bee's Spring All-Stars: Baseball First Team, Honorable Mentions

The Fresno BeeJuly 5, 2014 

Kerman High's Ryan Potter, after a huge two-way senior season in which he hit .426 and went 12-1 on the mound, was named to the County team for the City/County All-Star Game on June 8, 2014, at Chukchansi Park.

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FIRST TEAM

JOSH ACOSTA

Vitals: Junior, Fresno

Diamond dude: Third-leading vote-getter in the North Yosemite League combined some of the area's best two-way numbers -- 9-3 with a 1.35 ERA and a .429 average with 27 runs, 22 RBIs and 15 steals.

ARTURO AGUILAR

Vitals: Senior, Selma

Diamond dude: Central Sequoia League Most Valuable Player for championship team went 9-2 with an 0.65 ERA, giving up one earned run in his losses, including 2-0 decision to Sanger (no earned runs) and major league draft first-rounder Luis Ortiz. Aguilar struck out 75 in 752/3 innings.

ZACH ASHFORD

Vitals: Junior, Buchanan

Diamond dude: All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honoree injected charge into offense when switched to leadoff, finishing with team-leading .402 average, 30 runs and 11 steals.

ANTHONY AVILA

Vitals: Senior, Tulare Western

Diamond dude: East Yosemite League Player of the Year closed four-year career by going 2 for 2 in 3-2 win over Memorial for section Division II title at Visalia's Rawhide Ballpark. Third baseman hit .444 with a .685 slugging percentage, scored 31 runs and drove in 29 for 29-5-1 team that finished ninth-ranked by Cal-Hi Sports in the state's D-II.

CONLY BIGLIONE

Vitals: Senior, Minarets

Diamond dude: West Sequoia League Offensive Player of the Year exits hill west of North Fork with fantasy numbers -- batting average of .500 (56 for 112) and .839 slugging percentage this season, delivering 16 doubles, five triples and four home runs for 28-5 team that won section D-VI title and finished top-ranked by Cal-Hi Sports in state's D-V. Fresno City College-bound third baseman hit .506 in his four-year varsity career while compiling school-record 127 hits, according to historian Bob Barnett.

CHRIS BRANDON

Vitals: Senior, Hoover

Diamond dude: All-NYL shortstop was key to Patriots' 20-7 season and first conference title in 39 years by hitting .330, scoring 29 runs, driving in 19 and not allowing an earned run in 10 innings.

GABE CORONA

Vitals: Junior, Sunnyside

Diamond dude: Runner-up for NYL Player of the Year, catcher has created quite the area buzz entering his senior season after hitting .495 with a .677 slugging percentage, driving in 25 runs and scoring 24.

ALAN CROWLEY

Vitals: Senior, Clovis

Diamond dude: In season in which state No. 1 Cougars recorded 10 of their 33 victories by one run, the catcher's defense -- which had no peer in the section -- was invaluable because virtually no one challenged his arm. Washington State signee also hit .282 and delivered walk-off RBI single in 3-2 win over Buchanan for the D-I championship.

NICCO DALENA

Vitals: Senior, Memorial

• Diamond dude: County/Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year closed four-year career by hitting .454 with 32 runs, 27 RBIs, 21 steals in 23 attempts and striking out five times in 97 at bats for D-II runner-up. He's the school career record-holder with 126 hits.

COREY DAVIS

Vitals: Senior, Redwood

Diamond dude: West Yosemite League runner-up for Player of the Year and latest in long line of stellar Rangers shortstops hit .478, scored 28 times and stole 11 bases for 19-13 team that won conference title and reached D-II semis.

COLTON EASTMAN

Vitals: Junior, Central

Diamond dude: Bee Outstanding Pitcher runner-up went 9-5 with a 1.38 ERA, striking out 110 in 861/3 innings, opening eyes of the NCAA. Vanderbilt, Texas, Fullerton, Oregon -- they're all knocking. Aggressively.

AARON FROLEY

Vitals: Senior, Hanford West

Diamond dude: Rare's the day a .500 finisher in league play is named conference Player of the Year, but such was the case for the Husky who pitched three shutouts in the WYL and finished with 96 strikeouts in 832/3 innings with a 1.87 ERA. Next: Sonoma State.

CHRISTIAN FUNK

Vitals: Senior, Clovis West

Diamond dude: Bee Outstanding Hitter finalist and All-TRAC pick batted .388 with a .622 slugging percentage, hit 12 doubles, a triple and three home runs, drove in 26 runs and scored 32. Also had five saves and 1.05 ERA as closer before being forced to shut it down on mound in final month because of an arm injury. But he refused to check out offensively.

ALEC GAMBOA

Vitals: Junior, Madera

Diamond dude: Three-sport Bee All-Star (also football and wrestling) went 5-4, but don't be fooled. He gave up 36 hits in 611/3 innings, striking out 85 and compiling a 1.14 ERA. Coyotes coach Andy Underwood: "I believe the possibilites are endless (as a pitcher) once Alec becomes a one-sport athlete."

WES HATTEN

Vitals: Senior, Clovis West

Diamond dude: Washington State signee and All-TRAC selection stood toe-to-toe on mound with league's best, going 10-2 with a 2.59 ERA and striking out 70 in 73 innings. Gave up four hits and struck out 11 in seven-inning no-decision against state top-ranked Clovis. Also scored 19 runs and drove in 19.

JUSTIN HESKETT

Vitals: Senior, Memorial

Diamond dude: CMAC Co-Pitcher of the Year went 11-2 with a 1.69 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 95 innings for a 22-12 team and D-II runner-up.

TRENTON KEMP

Vitals: Senior, Buchanan

Diamond dude: Good days ahead it appears for repeat Bee All-Star who has played full-time baseball for only two years, but projected well enough on offense and as a center fielder to land a healthy signing bonus from the Boston Red Sox. He hit .313 with a .602 slugging percentage, scored 30 times and swiped 10 bags.

CONNOR LOEPRICH

Vitals: Junior, Buchanan

Diamond dude: How good's the TRAC? This guy went 10-3 with an 0.95 ERA against high-level competition for a state-ranked team and didn't make first team all-league.

ROBERT McILHATTON

Vitals: Senior, Clovis North

Diamond dude: All-TRAC selection hit .360 with a .547 slugging percentage, led state-ranked Broncos in RBIs (29) and made one error at first base.

TEVIN MITCHELL

Vitals: Junior, Clovis

Diamond dude: On team loaded with college, if not pro, talent, the second baseman burst into mix, hitting .354, leading team in runs (30) and steals (nine), tying Bee Outstanding Hitter Jake Gatewood in RBIs (28) and making All-TRAC.

MATT MORALES

Vitals: Senior, Fowler

Diamond dude: Four-year varsity player and one of best to sprout from one of the state's most established small-school programs, he hit .429 this season, then started and went 1 for 1 in the City/County All-Star Game. Former WSL MVP also compiled a 1.21 ERA in 401/3 innings while short of full strength while playing through two years of arm setbacks.

PRESTON MOTT

Vitals: Junior, Clovis

Diamond dude: Stepping up huge in season in which talented teammate Jake Gatewood chose not to pitch, left-hander went 8-1 with a 1.07 ERA, beat Central 3-1 in the section D-I quarters and started and was effective in 3-2 win over Buchanan for D-I title.

CODY MURRAY

Vitals: Senior, Clovis

Diamond dude: Do-it-all Cougar played multiple positions, went 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA, earned win in relief in 3-2 decision over Buchanan for D-I title and hit .291 with 18 RBIs and 17 runs. Made All-TRAC.

LUIS ORTIZ

Vitals: Senior, Sanger

Diamond dude: He's almost $2 million richer as a first-round major league draft choice of the Texas Rangers after striking out 72 in 432/3 innings this season and 132 in 97 innings for his three-year career while going 11-3 with an 0.95 ERA.

KOBE PORTILLO

Vitals: Junior, Tulare Western

Diamond dude: He made it happen in come-from-behind 3-2 win over Memorial for the section Division II title, pitching three scoreless innings of pressure relief to close 11-1 season with a 1.60 ERA, striking out 73 in 741/3 innings. The 29-5-1 Mustangs never get there without that résumé in a season they lost their top two pitchers.

RYAN POTTER

Vitals: Senior, Kerman

Diamond dude: Bee Player of the Year finalist delivered section's most impressive two-way numbers, powering 28-4-1 Lions to school-record season and second section title in his three-year career. He hit .426 with 33 RBIs, 25 runs, 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs and a .787 slugging percentage. In addition, he went 12-1 with an 0.97 ERA.

SAM REYES

Vitals: Senior, Minarets

Diamond dude: WSL Most Valuable Player went 5-2 with a 1.46 ERA, striking out 14 in six innings of D-VI title-winning 3-2 victory over Firebaugh. Four-year varsity player also hit .410 with 33 runs and 29 RBIs for school record-breaking 28-5 team this season.

CHRIS SMUTNY

Vitals: Senior, Bullard

Diamond dude: Second-leading CMAC vote-getter, he hit .333 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and a .570 slugging percentage. Drove in 23 runs and homered off major league draft first-rounder Luis Ortiz of Sanger.

ANDREW STOLL

Vitals: Senior, Fresno

Diamond dude: NYL Player of the Year went 7-2 with an 0.77 ERA and hit .360 with 13 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBIs.

MATT WALKER

Vitals: Senior, Clovis North

Diamond dude: Went 7-3 with 1.82 ERA and hit .341. Most important for this honor: Was TRAC Pitcher of the Year candidate because he went 5-1 with a 1.43 ERA in league. In that conference, says something.

HONORABLE MENTION

• Josh Allen, senior, Firebaugh

• Tristen Alvarez, junior, Madera

• Korby Batesole, senior, Buchanan

• Chris Bencoma, senior, El Diamante

• Michael Bono, senior, Buchanan

• Austin Cain, junior, McLane

• Jordan Christian, senior, Minarets

• Koby Cummings, senior, Clovis North

• Efrain Del Rio, junior, Dos Palos

• Ross Dodds, junior, Buchanan

• Drew Engelman, junior, Memorial

• Ryne Engelman, senior, Central

• Robert Estrada, senior, Selma

• Donovan Failla, senior, Central

• Angel Flores, junior, Porterville

• Braden Frankfort, senior, Clovis North

• Connor Fugman, senior, Clovis North

• Armondo Gallegos, senior, Tulare Western

• Carter Gambrell, senior, Buchanan

• Blake Garabedian, senior, Clovis West

• Alex Garcia, junior, Exeter

• Jordon Garcia, senior, Tulare Western

• Hunter Garrison, junior, Dinuba

• Kelby Grissom, junior, Chowchilla

• Chase Hagar, junior, Bullard

• Brian Hammer, senior, Fowler

• R.J. Hartmann, senior, Clovis

• Ty Heriman, junior, Reedley

• Jacob Labogin, senior, Redwood

• Matt Leslie, junior, Sierra Pacific

• Curtis Martin, senior, Hoover

<• Noah Padilla, junior, Memorial

• Jake Pizzo, sophomore, Bullard

• Jordan Prendiz, sophomore, Mt. Whitney

• Eddie Rodriguez, sophomore, Kerman

• Sam Romero, senior, Minarets

• Tyler Rumbaugh, sophomore, Exeter

• Evan Sagariballa, junior, Kerman

• Michael Salazar, sophomore, Tulare Western

• Frankie Saldate, junior, Roosevelt

• Jon Schafer, junior, Clovis West

• Troy Stainbrook, junior, Golden West

• Evan Steele, senior, Clovis

• Alante Uribe, senior, Caruthers

• Seth Valdez, senior, Dinuba

• Anthony Ward, senior, Edison

• Andrew Williamson, sophomore, Farmersville

• Stetson Woods, senior, Liberty-Madera Ranchos

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