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2014 All-Polk County High School Baseball Team

PITCHERS Hatley    Logan Hatley    Dallas    The junior earned the Mid-Willamette Conference’s Pitcher of the Year award after going 6-3 with a 1.96 ERA in league play. Hatley recorded 88 strikeouts in MWC play and was the Dragons’ No. 1 starter throughout the season. The first-team Class 5A all-state selection was also a vocal leader when he wasn’t pitching and played a big role in Dallas’ 16-12 overall record. “Logan turns it on when it comes to game time and is a very reliable, strong arm every time he goes out there,” Dallas coach Scot McDonald said. Trembly    Troy Trembly    Perrydale    The junior pitcher anchored the Pirates’ staff in 2014, going 7-2 with a 1.32 ERA. Trembly recorded 68 strikeouts in 61 innings and was named second-team all-league for his efforts. Trembly also played infield for Perrydale and was a force at the plate, hitting .518 with an .815 slugging percentage. Trembly drove in 21 runs and had 25 stolen bases. “He worked hard on being a more patient hitter, taking more pitches and not giving in to pressure to try and make something happen with bad pitches,” Perrydale coach Steve Mabry said. “Pitching-wise, he solidified his mechanics, which improved his velocity. Troy was our go-to guy when we needed a big hit or a win on the mound.”    INFIELDERS Fast    Seth Fast    Dallas    The junior third baseman was one of the Dragons’ most consistent all-around players. Fast, who was named second-team all-MWC, excelled at the plate, batting .374 with 37 hits and 36 runs scored. Fast also had 17 RBIs and was dangerous once on base with 15 stolen bases. On defense, he provided a steady hand in the infield for Dallas. “Seth is a great athlete that performs well on a consistent basis,” McDonald said. Kibbey    Josh Kibbey    Dallas    The senior second baseman did more than just give the Dragons a steady presence in the infield. Kibbey also worked his way into Dallas’ pitching rotation, as both a starter and reliever during games. But his biggest impact came at the plate, where he hit .371 and drove in 21 runs, helping to give the Dragons a spark on offense. On defense, Kibbey provided a reliable hand for Dallas with a .926 fielding percentage. Kibbey earned honorable mention all-league for his efforts during the season. “Josh loves to compete and he plays the game extremely hard every day,” McDonald said. Vidal    David Vidal    Central    The senior first baseman was a leader both offensively and defensively for the Panthers. Vidal led Central in batting average (.473) and on-base percentage (.547), while striking out just three times in 55 at-bats. Vidal received second-team all-Oregon West Conference honors for his play. “David had a phenomenal year, not only at the plate, but also defensively,” Central coach Zach Miller said. “He was pitched around multiple times, but when he did get his pitch, he did a very good job for us.” Riddell    Wes Riddell    Central    The junior shortstop did a little bit of everything for the Panthers. Riddell led the Panthers in hits with 28 and RBIs with 17, was third in on-base percentage (.500) and batting average (.418). Riddell also provided a sure hand on defense as a shortstop and entered the Panthers pitching rotation as well, earning first-team all-league honors in the process. “Wes was our most consistent hitter this year and did a great job at the plate, in the infield and on the mound to keep us in some big games,” Miller said.    OUTFIELDERS Spencer    Ryan Spencer    Dallas    The senior center fielder emerged as one of Dallas’ leaders during his final year with the Dragons. Spencer hit .363 at the plate, recording 29 hits, including two triples, in 80 at-bats. His .951 fielding percentage ranked among the highest on the team. Spencer’s speed and arm strength meant he could keep runners at bay. “Ryan has a nose for the ball and it’s like the Bermuda triangle when you hit him the ball,” McDonald said. Fleming    Kyler Fleming    Central    The junior outfielder missed almost the entire nonleague season because of illness, but that didn’t slow Fleming down. He hit .385 for the season, recording 20 hits, including a home run and 11 RBIs, in 50 at-bats. Fleming, who earned first-team all-league honors, also hit the Panthers’ lone triple of the season. “Kyler came back and hit in the leadoff spot for us,” Miller said. “When we scored, it was usually started by him getting on base and making things happen.” Price        Chad Price    Perrydale    The junior outfielder played a key role for Perrydale. In center field, Price had a .963 fielding percentage, but his impact went far beyond that. Price filled in at multiple positions when needed and hit .459 from the plate. Price also had 27 stolen bases. “Having Chad back this year gave us a much-needed leadoff hitter,” Mabry said. “His ability to find his way on base was a key to our offense. Chad is a versatile player, which made him so valuable for us as he played multiple positions.”    UTILITY Fast    Elijah Taber    Dallas    Taber, a senior, excelled as the Dragons’ designated hitter. Taber hit .318 from the plate, while recording 25 RBIs on 27 hits. Taber, who hit eight doubles, also scored 20 runs for Dallas and provided the Dragons with a solid utility player. Taber earned second-team all-MWC honors for his performance during the season. “Elijah is a strong hitter,” McDonald said. “He gets good contact and can drive in runs.” Shanley    Cody Shanley    Central    Shanley didn’t see much time on defense because of Central’s depth, but the senior excelled as the Panthers’ designated hitter. He hit .400 at the plate, recording 20 hits, including two home runs. Shanley also filled in at various positions in the infield when needed, helping him earn second-team all-OWC honors. “Cody was our designated hitter all year due to our depth we had in the infield,” Miller said. “He excelled at being a DH, and in a couple games he had all our RBIs to win some key games for us down the stretch.”    CATCHER Hobgood    Aaron Hobgood    Central    The sophomore made a big impact with the Panthers, establishing himself as the team’s starter behind the plate. Hobgood’s sight and arm strength meant he could throw out runners easily, keeping opponents in check. Offensively, Hobgood hit .383 at the plate while ranking third on the team in hits with 23. He earned all-league honorable mention after becoming one of the Panthers’ leaders. “Aaron was our defensive leader on the field behind the plate and he did a great job blocking and receiving for us,” Miller said. “His bat kept us in some games and he is constantly improving his game.”    COACH McDonald    Scot McDonald    Dallas    The 15th year Dragons’ head coach entered the season with a team looking to replace nearly all of its offense after seeing 11 former players graduate. But the Dragons were up to the task, finishing 16-12 overall and 11-7 in Mid-Willamette Conference play. Dallas won games against state-playoff squads Corvallis, West Albany and Crescent Valley, and advanced to the first round of the state playoffs against Ashland. “Coach McDonald takes the time to go over the little things with you,” pitcher Logan Hatley said. “I?think that makes a big difference for us.”?    —    The 2014 All-Polk County high school baseball team was selected by Sports Editor Lukas Eggen, along with heavy input from area coaches.    

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