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The Cascade Christian baseball team went 12-0 in the Southern Cascade League this season and the Challengers were honored accordingly by the league's coaches when it came time to chose the SCL all stars.
Cascade Christian senior Kyle Ferguson was named the player of the year, junior Cody Coggins was named the pitcher of the year and a league-high seven Challengers were named first-team all-stars, the league announced Thursday.
Ferguson, who was also a first-team infielder, batted .390 with eight extra-base hits, 13 RBIs and 32 runs to lead the Challengers (20-5), who have won four consecutive league titles and 29 SCL games in a row. Coggins went 8-1 with a 0.99 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 20 walks in 561/3 innings pitched.
Rogue River's Nick Bashans was named the coach of the year after guiding the Chieftains (11-11, 6-6 SCL) to a third-place league finish a year after they finished 3-9 in conference play.
St. Mary's, which was the league's runner-up, had five first-team selections, while Rogue River had two and Lakeview one. The Crusaders also had three second-team picks.
Besides Ferguson and Coggins, Tristan Jones (senior catcher), Cooper Clark (senior infielder), Dalton Palmer (senior outfielder), Will Weaver (junior outfielder) and James Carpenter (junior designated hitter) also represented Cascade Christian on the first team.
St. Mary's had two first-team pitchers — senior Joe Hammonds and sophomore Tanner Smith. Hammonds was 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 46 strikeouts and eight walks in 451/3 innings pitched. Smith was 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched.
All SCL Baseball
Pitcher — Cody Coggins, Cascade Christian, Jr.; Joe Hammonds, St. Mary's, Sr.; Tanner Smith, St. Mary's, So.
Catcher — Kollen Roohr, Rogue River, Sr.; Tristan Jones, Cascade Christian, Sr.
First Base — Joe Johnson, St. Mary's, Fr.
Infield — Kyle Ferguson, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Cooper Clark, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Dylan Devish, Rogue River, Jr.
Outfield — Dalton Palmer, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Sam Hough, St. Mary's, Sr.; Cody Hamilton, Lakeview, Sr.; Will Weaver, Cascade Christian, Jr.
DH — James Carpenter, Cascade Christian, Jr.
Utility — Christian Aviles, St. Mary's, Sr.
Player of the Year — Kyle Ferguson, Cascade Christian, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year — Cody Coggins, Cascade Christian, Jr.
Coach of the Year — Nick Bashans, Rogue River.
Pitcher — Landon Lampman, Lakeview, So.; Logan Staub, Lakeview, Sr.; Eric Miller, Illinois Valley, Jr.
Catcher — Ty Mullholland, St. Mary's, So.; DeAndree Harris, Rogue River, Sr.
First Base — Lander Nordal, Illinois Valley, Sr.
Infield — Andrew Sherier, Illinois Valley, Fr.; Brady Robison, St. Mary's, So.; Danny Perston, Rogue River, Sr.
DH — Tyler Sakraida, Rogue River, So.
Utility — Spencer McCabe, St. Mary's, Fr.
Catcher — Michael Douglas, Lakeview, Fr.; Derek Pratt, Rogue River, Fr.
First Base — Eric Higday, Cascade Christian, Jr.
Infield — Matt Sha, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Dylan Dietrich, Lakeview, So.
Outfield — Zach Welch, Illinois Valley, Sr.