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Three Ashland High baseball players have earned Class 5A all-state recognition, including first-team pitcher Jamie Flynn, a junior.
Also for Ashland, senior Ethan Schlecht was named a second-team infielder and senior Billy Hansen an honorable mention first baseman.
Kevin Hamann of Summit was named the 5A pitcher of the year, North Eugene's Andrew Moore the player of the year and Wilson's Mike Clopton the coach of the year.
The all-state team is voted on by the coaches.
Flynn's first-team recognition puts an exclamation point on what turned out to be a breakout year for the hard throwing right-hander. After seeing only limited varsity action as a sophomore, Flynn emerged as the Grizzlies' ace, finishing 8-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 66 innings pitched.
The banner season included back-to-back postseason three-hitters over Marist and Hood River Valley.
Class 5A all-state
Pitcher of the Year — Kevin Hamann, Summit
Player of the Year — Andrew Moore, North Eugene
Coach of the Year — Mike Clopton, Wilson
First team — Daniel Aranda, sr., Lebanon; Kevin Hamann, sr., Summit; Cody Walker, sr., Hood River Valley; Jake Lessel, sr., Churchill; Jamie Flynn, jr., Ashland
Second team — Josh Havig, sr., Dallas; Gerhett Moser, jr., Wilson; Keynan Middleton, sr., Milwaukie; Clayton Gelfand, jr., Wilsonville
Honorable mention — Taylor Bonawitz, sr., Sherwood; Trent Waggoner, sr., Willamette
First team — Kyle Beam, jr., Hood River Valley; Kruze Mingus, sr., Summit
Second team — Bret Moskal, jr., Dallas; Luke Rappe, jr., Lebanon
Honorable mention — Chase Kearney, sr., Churchill; Alex Rose, sr., Liberty
First team — Tommy Lane, jr., Pendleton; Mason Dunning, sr., Putnam
Second team — Konner Reddick, sr., Summit
Honorable mention — Chris Sampson, sr., Cleveland; Billy Hansen, sr., Ashland
First team — Austin Andrews, jr., Wilson; Andrew Moore, sr., North Eugene; Lane Richards, sr., Pendleton; Joe Balfour, jr., Sherwood
Second team — Jackson Soto, so., West Albany; Jonah Koski, jr., Bend; Jacob Dezarn, sr., Churchill; Kendall Main, sr., Sandy; Ethan Schlecht, sr., Ashland
Honorable mention — Nolan McCall, so., The Dalles-Wahtonka; Kinkade Fast, jr., Dallas; Jon Dailey, sr., Sherwood
First team — Jimmy Cleary, sr., Corvallis; Bret Bafaro, sr., Liberty; Reese Merriman, sr., Pendleton; Chase Cochran, sr., Crescent Valley; Josh Spencer, sr., Dallas
Second team — John Carroll, jr., Mountain View; Ryan Delaney, sr., North Eugene; Justin Erlandson, jr., Bend; Eli Skiles, sr., Putnam; Jake Peterson, sr., Cleveland
Honorable mention — Zach Selby, sr., Willamette; Lathan Alger, sr., Pendleton
First team — JJ Keim, sr., Corvallis
Second team — Ben Kramer, sr., Bend
Honorable mention — Jalen Drath, jr., Willamette
First team — Scott Schepige, jr., Dallas
Second team — Camran Pollick, jr., Hermiston
Honorable mention — Colton Muir, jr., Wilsonville