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Mustangs' Hyde named MVP

The Hidden Valley baseball team capped a remarkable season with five players earning first-team honors on the Skyline Conference All-Star team.

Senior pitcher Scott Hyde, who posted a 13-1 record in conference play, was named most valuable player, while Illinois Valley coach Neil DeForrest was selected coach of the year.

Hyde led his squad to its first-ever state playoff berth and a trip to the semifinals.

The right-hander posted a 1.20 ERA with 78 strikeouts and went 21-3 over his final two seasons with the Mustangs.

"He was our guy," said Hidden Valley first-year coach Mark Vidlak. "He was the guy we centered our staff around."

Joining Hyde on the first team were senior first baseman Troy Beard, utility player Rob Adler and fellow senior outfield standout Nick Mason. Junior teammate Cal Schmidt also made the squad as a catcher.

Phoenix placed senior infielder Travis Dunlap and senior designated hitter Kyle Kaufman on the first team.

Dunlap batted .522 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in the Pirates' 27 games. He also walked 24 times.

Kaufman batted .386 in conference play.

Henley's four first-team selections were second only to Hidden Valley.

Senior pitcher Brad Bailey was joined by senior infielder Brian Stock and juniors Brian Kinsman (infield) and Kirk Cunningham (outfield).

Mazama rounded out the first unit with sophomore outfielder Kyle Blank.

FIRST TEAM

C - Cal Schmidt, Hidden Valley Jr.1B - Troy Beard, Hidden ValleySr.Inf. - Brian Kinsman, Henley Jr.Inf. - Brian Stock, HenleySr.Inf. - Travis Dunlap, PhoenixSr.OF - Kirk Cunningham, HenleyJr.OF - Nick Mason, Hidden ValleySr.OF - Kyle Blank, MazamaSo.DH - Kyle Kaufman, PhoenixSr.Util. - Rob Adler, Hidden Valley Sr.P - Scott Hyde, Hidden Valley Sr.P - Brad Bailey, Henley Sr.MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Scott Hyde, Hidden Valley.COACH OF THE YEAR - Neil DeForrest, Illinois Valley.

SECOND TEAM

C - Brandon Henry, Illinois ValleySr.1B - Travis Boshuizen, HenleySr.2B - Ty Mason, Hidden ValleySr.3B - Trevor Schmidt, Hidden ValleySo.OF - Jon Pope, Illinois ValleyJr.OF - Nathan Emerson, PhoenixJr.OF - Eric Kessler, PhoenixJr.DH - Cory Pedersen, North ValleySr.Util. - Carl Fairburn, LakeviewJr.P - Matt Stone, Illinois ValleySr.P - Danny Hunter, Rogue RiverSo.

HONORABLE MENTION

C - Jason Pryor, Henley, Sr.; Jake Mahon, Phoenix, Sr; Travis Bowers, Rogue River, Sr.1B - Morgan Grohs, Henley, Jr.; Dallas Hubbel, Mazama, So.; Bobby Dawson, Phoenix, Sr.3B - Justin Sullivan, North Valley, Sr..Inf. - Scott Gelhardt, Henley, Jr.; Jared Larsen, Illinois Valley, Sr.; Chris Giffin, Lakeview, Sr.; Nolan Yocum, Lakeview, Jr.OF - Nick Telle, Henley, Jr.; Josh Evans, Hidden Valley, Jr.; Mike McDowell, Illinois Valley, Sr.; Joe Havely, Lakeview, Sr.; Gary Wagner, Mazama, So.; Drew Peterson, North Valley, Fr.; Brett Whiteman, Rogue River, Jr.P - Pete Richard, Hidden Valley, Jr.; Brian Clark, Mazama, So.