Warriors, Vikings earn All-Sierra Nevada recognition on diamonds
Editor’s note: The following All-Sierra Nevada baseball and softball teams were selected by sports reporters in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Group.
P Tyler May, Douglas – May was the Sierra League’s Pitcher of the Year. He went 8-0 on the year and broke Shawn Estes’ school record for career wins at 21. He had 74 strikeouts and 19 walks in 12 appearances. At the plate, he had 10 doubles, two triples and 11 home runs to go with 35 RBIs.
P Matt Rutledge, Carson – Rutledge was the Sierra League co-Player of the Year, along with Damonte Ranch’s Cody Stevens. He batted .538 with a .731 slugging percentage in league play. Rutledge carried a 1.77 earned run average in league play, striking out 45 and winning four games.
P David Charles, Carson – Charles led the Sierra League with five wins and 36 2/3 innings pitched. He had 32 strikeouts in league play and carried a 3.44 ERA.
P Justin Vosburgh, Truckee – The senior No. 1 starter was voted to the Northern 3A All-League first team. His six wins ranked second in the Northern 3A and his 2.53 ERA rated fifth. With the bat, he hit .384 with three home runs, two triples, seven doubles and 28 RBI. He also was a threat on the base paths, swiping 12 bags.
C Beau Davis, Douglas – Davis was one of the top defensive catchers in Northern Nevada and he tied for the league lead in sacrifice hits. He’ll most be remembered for his walk-off single in the Northern 4A Regional championship game to beat Reno 4-3.
INF Tyler Hoelzen, Douglas – Hoelzen posted a 6-2 record on the mound with 64 strikeouts and 18 walks. The two-time first-team All-Sierra League pitcher was a solid defensive first baseman and carried a big bat, hitting five home runs, two doubles and a triple and knocking in 27 runs.
INF Mike Fagan, Truckee – The senior cleanup hitter was voted to the Northern 3A All-League first team. He finished the regular season with a league-high .571 batting average, .627 on-base percentage and 18 stolen bases. His .778 slugging percentage is second highest in the league.
INF Tim Rudnick, Douglas – Rudnick was named to the first-team All-Sierra team for the second consecutive year, driving in 35 runs and hitting seven doubles. Rudnick also went 3-0 on the mound with one save as the Tigers’ primary closer. He had 28 strikeouts in nine appearances.
INF Kyle Stone, Carson – Stone batted .400 in league play with 22 hits, earning second-team all-league status.
INF Derek Holmgren, South Tahoe – Holmgren batted .356 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and 12 runs scored. He was voted to the Sierra Division’s second team.
OF Brett Valley, Carson – The first-team All-Sierra League honoree tied for the league lead in sacrifices with three and was an all-around tough out at the top of the Senators’ lineup. He also stole eight bases.
OF Nick Warner, Whittell – Warner batted .486 and was a first-team all-league honoree for the state 2A runner-ups. The junior also was selected first-team all-state.
OF Andy Fiske, Fallon – Fiske batted .316 on the year with 23 RBI, two doubles, three triples, a home run and 15 runs scored.
Utility Paul Cagle, Carson – Cagle batted .447 in league play with six doubles. He also carried a .527 on-base percentage.
INF Troy Torres, Douglas – Torres earned his second first-team All-Sierra League nod after belting four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBI. He carried a .426 batting average.
Max DeLallo, South Tahoe; Kyle DiGrande, South Tahoe; Gary Prescott, South Tahoe; Alex Potnick, Whittell; Jordan Morgan, Whittell; Trent de Braga, Fallon; Teryn Smith, Fallon; Colton Oney, Fallon; Carlos Carreon, Fallon, P; Jeff Crozier, Douglas; Kameron Van Winkle, Douglas; Michael Whalin, Douglas; Tanner Thomas, Douglas; Cody Barr, Carson; Chris Cahill, North Tahoe; Zach Tomlinson, North Tahoe; Maclane Brady, Truckee; Kevin Decker, Truckee; Jordan Deiro, Truckee; Michael Taylor, Truckee; Kyle Clouthier, Incline; and Patrick Howe, Incline.
P Stephanie Harper, Douglas – Harper finished her career as Douglas’ all-time leader in wins at 71. The Sierra League Player of the Year went 18-8 on the year with 140 strikeouts (440 career) and 84 walks. She also had 10 doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI.
P Kate Pinder, Fallon – Pinder pitched 94 1/3 innings, carrying a 1.56 earned run average with 90 strikeouts, 34 walks and 27 earned runs. Opponents batted only .185 against her.
C Sara Parsons, Fallon – Parsons was an impressive 1.000 behind the plate in fielding percentage, allowing only three passed balls. She hit .345 with four home runs, five doubles, two triples and 24 RBI.
INF Morgan Blomstrom, Douglas – Blomstrom had a breakout year for the Tigers, driving in 28 runs and belting eight doubles while batting .458.
INF Daria Leid, Carson – She was a first-team all-league honoree.
INF Kaycie Jones, Truckee – The junior catcher earned Northern 3A All-League honorable mention recognition filling in at an unfamiliar position. Truckee’s cleanup hitter led her team in most offensive categories with a .389 average, a .483 on-base percentage, 21 RBI and 25 runs scored. She also had two home runs, two triples and seven doubles.
INF Emily Weaver, Douglas – Weaver earned first-team All-Sierra League honors for the third consecutive year, hitting 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs and a team-leading 29 RBI.
INF Jenny Rechel, Fallon – The freshman hit .467 on the year with five home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 37 RBI.
OF Brittany Barcellos, South Tahoe – Barcellos was a Sierra Division first-team all-league honoree who hit .452 overall. The speedy center fielde often made a difficult play look routine.
OF Maddy Gilbert, Douglas – Gilbert finished the year with 17 RBI, a double and a triple, but earned first-team all-league honors for her knack of timely hitting and getting on base. She batted .430 on the year.
OF Tori McCunn, Incline
Utility Christina Lane, North Tahoe – The senior co-captain was voted to the Northern 2A All-League second team. She led the Northern 2A with a .605 average. Lane also topped the league in slugging at .884 and on-base percentage at .717. She has 29 RBI, which ranked third best in league. She split time between shortstop and pitcher for the Lakers.
Utility Katrina Morgan, Douglas – Morgan batted .375 on the year with three home runs, three triples, eight doubles and 24 RBI.
Designated hitter Cassie Vondrak, Carson – Vondrak earned first-team all-league honors.
Terra Backinger, South Tahoe; Moriah Lane, South Tahoe; Justina Pritzker, Whittell; Rachel Laub, Whittell; Katrina Morgan, Douglas; Rebecca Trute, Douglas; Mia Townsell, Douglas; Stacy Brenes, Truckee; Shea Mesa, North Tahoe; and Lauren Wilson, Incline.
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