Two South Tahoe High School baseball players have been named to the Div. I-A 1st-Team All-League.
Senior Dominic Diana and junior Kolby Eymann, both team captains, were two of the 12 players chosen between the nine teams in the league for 1st-team honors.
“Both were very important parts of our team and program this year,” said head coach Starbuck Teevan. “They both had very good years in leading us to our first state championship tournament in school history. They got the best out of not only themselves, but the team.”
Diana played most of the season at shortstop and always came up big at the plate. He led the team in batting average (.553), hits (63) and RBIs (57). He was second in runs scored with 45. Diana was also named to the 1st-Team All-States, a team of six players chosen from the four northern teams that qualified for postseason.
Eymann bounced between first base, outfield and pitching through the season. At the plate, he averaged .417 with 20 RBIs on 48 hits and had the team high 49 runs scored. Eymann was also named to the 2nd-Team All-States.
Junior Dakota Lynch was named to the 2nd-Team All-League. Lynch, who was one vote shy of 1st-team, was a regular on the mound as well as outfield and a mainstay at the top of the lineup.
“In my opinion, he was the best center fielder in the league,” Teevan said. “He sat in the two slot in our lineup. He and Kolby were catalysts to get offense going.”
Lynch finished the season with a .421 batting average, totaling 45 hits with 21 RBIs and 35 runs scored. On the mound, Lynch mustered a record of 5-3 with a team-leading ERA of 4.75.
Seniors Liam Loftis, R.J. Rivera and Sergio Burgueno, junior River Quinn and freshman Garret Harley all recieved honorable mentions.
“I’m proud of the effort everyone put in, not just the all-stars,” Teevan said.
The Vikings finished the season 19-17 overall after a school-record postseason run that brought them to the state championship tournament.
On the softball side, senior captain Kaila Griffis and freshman Kendra Conard were given honorable mentions for All-League.
“(Kaila) is a really strong leader, not only in her own skills, but she finds every players weakness and helps them improve on it instead of bringing them down,” said head softball coach Shawna Mayo. “(Kendra) is a freshman, so I expect her, in her sophomore year, to aim for 1st or 2nd team. I’m expecting her to become one of my key players and leaders in the softball program.”
The Lady Vikings finished their season with an overall record of 8-18.