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Hard work pays off for Tornado's Bradshaw

After a junior season in which he was a utility player and didn't always bat even when he was in the lineup, North Medford infielder Chris Bradshaw was determined to bring more to the table as a senior.

Bradshaw got in the batting cages and hit 100 baseballs off a tee, and then went and lifted weights for one hour every day. About three times per week he would also hit live pitching in the cage and take grounders to shore up his fielding.

"I just kept working hard because I knew I had the potential to do it," said Bradshaw, 18. "My confidence level really came up this year and everything just clicked."

So much so that Bradshaw was the lone Rogue Valley representative on the first team of the Class 6A all-state baseball list released Wednesday.

The 6-foot, 180-pound second baseman hit a blistering .520 in Southwest Conference play and .495 overall to lead North Medford to a share of the league title. He scored 21 of his 38 runs in league and had 14 of his 26 RBIs against SWC foes. Bradshaw also committed just seven errors overall and led the team with 12 stolen bases on 14 attempts.

"I'm so excited for Chris," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe. "If anyone deserves it it would be him with all the hard work and dedication and perseverance he exemplified. Any coach would be proud of him and I certainly am."

Roseburg pitcher Dakota Cavens and outfielder Mitch Huff were also first-team all-state selections.

Matt Maurer gained second-team acclaim for the Black Tornado and was joined on that list by shortstop Brandon Drury and outfielder Brock Dean of Grants Pass and Roseburg's Matt Thomson and John Farrington.

Maurer sported an 8-2 record overall with a 1.30 ERA, striking out 101 batters and allowing just 38 hits in 70 innings. The junior left-hander was 7-1 in league with a 1.42 ERA.

Drury hit .378 in SWC play with 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Dean blasted six home runs — one more than Drury — and finished with a .400 batting average and 16 RBIs in league play.

Third-team nods went to North Medford center fielder Hayden Wolfe and Roseburg pitcher Brandon Jackson. Wolfe hit .300 in SWC play with 14 RBIs and 18 of his 31 runs scored, and did not commit an error for the second straight season. The senior also was 7-0 overall with a 2.01 ERA and had 11 stolen bases.

North Medford also placed three juniors on the honorable mention squad in Bradey Shipley (pitcher), Colin Sowers (catcher) and Cody James (first base).

Like Bradshaw, Shipley stepped up big in his first season as a starter by posting a 5-1 record and 3.18 ERA in league play. He was 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA overall, striking out 80 in 53 innings. Shipley also hit .326 overall with 22 RBIs and 12 runs.

Sowers provided the defensive backbone for North and hit .375 in league play with 16 of his 25 RBIs and 13 of his 24 runs. Sowers hit .346 overall and boasted a .981 fielding percentage.

Less than a year removed from a serious knee injury and subsequent surgery, James didn't miss a beat in hitting .394 against SWC pitching. He scored 19 of his 29 runs in league and finished with 22 RBIs overall.

"I'm really proud of our kids and obviously you can tell why we're successful," said coach Wolfe. "Those recognitions are reflections of kids doing things the right way and getting rewarded for it."

Class 6A All-State Baseball

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kevin Taylor, Sr., infielder, Sunset.

COACH OF THE YEAR — Craig Nicholas, McNary.

PITCHER — Matt Pechman, Sr., Gresham; Dakota Cavens, Sr., Roseburg; Stuart Fewel, Sr., Wilson; Ben Wetzler, Jr., Clackamas; Mark Lambson, Jr., Tualatin.

CATCHER — John Grill, Sr., Tualatin; Bailey Graham, Sr., Wilson.

FIRST BASE — Michael Mehlhaff, Sr., Gresham; Josh Schlegel, Sr., West Salem.

INFIELD — Ryan Barnes, Sr., West Linn; Kevin Taylor, Sr., Sunset; Chris Bradshaw, Sr., North Medford; Blake Miller, Sr., South Salem; Tom D'Aboy, Jr., Sandy.

OUTFIELD — Tyson Giza, Sr., Sprague; Nick Rulli, Sr., Lake Oswego; Mitch Huff, Jr., Roseburg; Kody Geertz, Sr., Barlow.

UTILITY — Beau Day, Sr., Centennial.

SECOND TEAM

PITCHER — Matt Thomson, Sr., Roseburg; Matt Maurer, Jr., North Medford; Eliot Smith, Sr., West Linn; Sam Johnson, So., Westview; Dan Withnell, Sr., South Salem.

CATCHER — Jeff Kremer, Sr., Lake Oswego; Corey Bichler, Sr., South Salem.

FIRST BASE — Trevor Terranova, Sr., Newberg; Peter Overton-Harris, Sr., Aloha.

INFIELD — John Farrington, Jr., Roseburg; Brent Graham, Sr., Wilson; Michael Hopp, Sr., Centennial; Erick Podwill, Sr., Westview; Brandon Drury, Jr., Grants Pass.

OUTFIELD — Phil Belding, So., Westview; Elliott Sherrell, Sr., Hood River Valley; Reed Warner, Sr., South Salem; Brock Dean, Jr., Grants Pass.

UTILITY — Jared Young, Sr., Redmond.

THIRD TEAM

PITCHER — Tom Zarosinski, Jr., Lake Oswego; Brandon Jackson, Jr., Roseburg; Jacob Kopra, Sr., Barlow; Alex Massar, Sr., Wilson; Mackie Unruh, Sr., North Salem.

CATCHER — Ben Parsons, Sr., Clackamas; Parker Miles, Jr., Sprague.

FIRST BASE — Brad Alvarez, Sr., Tualatin; Joe Clark, Sr., Lake Oswego.

INFIELD — Jackson Wilde, Sr., McNary; Travis Vincent, Sr., McMinnville; Taylor Davis, Sr., Milwaukie; Jordan West, Sr., Wilson; Jordan Keeker, Sr., McNary.

OUTFIELD — Jace Fry, So., Southridge; Hayden Wolfe, Sr., North Medford; Peter Valentine, So., Wilson; Guy Randall, Jr., Reynolds.

UTILITY — Cody Gibson, Sr., Tualatin.

HONORABLE MENTION

PITCHER — Joe Farrell, Sr., Central Catholic; Austin Cheek, Sr., Jesuit; Bradey Shipley, Jr., North Medford; Jesse Denno, Sr., Sprague.

CATCHER — Kyle Chamberlain, Sr., Sunset; Colin Sowers, Jr., North Medford.

FIRST BASE — Nick Olney, Sr., Sunset; Cody James, Jr., North Medford.

INFIELD — Tyler Campbell, Fr., Lake Oswego; Danny Clifford, Sr., Canby; Matt Nylen, Sr., Clackamas.

OUTFIELD — Sheldon Austria, Sr., McNary; Kiefer Palm, Sr., Redmond; David Jaynes, Sr., Wilson; Sam Patterson, Sr., McMinnville; Brian Symonds, Sr., Tualatin.

UTILITY — Nick White, Jr., Westview; Mark Fauria, Sr., Sheldon; Phil Karn, Jr., Grant.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com