All-Tribune First Team
Player School Pos. Yr. Comment
Max Schuman Arcadia C Sr. Utah commit tied for state lead in homers (12); 1.412 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage
Jack Zoellner Gilbert 1B Sr. New Mexico commit tied Schuman with 12 HR; had 45 RBI, batted .500 with 1.609 OPS
Dustin Peterson Gilbert 2B Sr. ASU commit batted .530 with 1.732 OPS, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 43 R; should be high selection in MLB draft
Riley Unroe Desert Ridge SS Sr. POY batted .553, led state with 1.764 OPS; 10 HR, 59 RBI, 25 SB; 2-1, 2.63 ERA as closer
David Greer Desert Mountain 3B Sr. ASU commit had 1.255 OPS, 46 runs, walk-off hit in title game; 1.88 ERA, 29 K, 2 BB in 19 IP
Brock Hale Mesa OF Sr. Fantastic year in obscurity; batted .529 with 1.011 SLG, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 14 SB
MJ Hubbs Pinnacle OF Sr. Hit .494 with .909 SLG, 4 HR, 30 RBI as leader of potent Pinnacle offense
Nick Affronti Notre Dame OF Sr. Had .554 OBP, 5 HR, 41 RBI; best hitter for D-II state-champion Saints
Cody Bellinger Hamilton Util Sr. Dominated on mound with 4-0 record, 1.21 ERA, 35 K in 29 IP; 1.134 OPS at plate, great 1B glove
Skyler Cohn Desert Ridge P Sr. Jaguars’ ace went 9-1 with 1.22 ERA; 4 CG, 2 SO, 46 K in 63.1 IP
Austin Schnabel Notre Dame P Sr. Led Saints with 11-2 record, 1.69 ERA, 1.03 WHIP; struck out 90, walked only 14 in 78.2 IP
Player of the Year: Riley Unroe, Desert Ridge
Coach of the Year: Brian Fischer — Helped Saints get over hump to win D-II title despite key injuries and death of brother late in season
All-Tribune Second Team
Player School Pos. Yr. Comment
Ben Rodriguez Desert Mountain C Sr. .504 on-base, .755 SLG, hit 8 HR with 28 RBI; strong arm defensively for champs
Dillon Bigcrane-Jackson Chaparral 1B Sr. Big bopper had .565 OBP, .740 SLG, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 28 BB for D-I runners-up
Wyatt Pattyson Poston Butte 2B Sr. Sparkplug batted .500 on season and slugged .852; 4 HR, 39 R
Jamie Westbrook Basha SS Sr. Pepperdine commit had .495 OBP, .953 SLG, 10 HR to cap impressive career
Jake Smith Highland 3B Sr. Gilbert All-District selection hit .419 with 1.156 OPS, 3 HR, 24 RBI
Carter Gladstone Valley Christian OF Sr. Top average (.622), OBP (.701) in East Valley; 2 HR, 40 RBI, 22 SB, 19 BB, only 1 K
Josh Moore Gilbert OF Sr. Slugger hit .423 with 1.335 OPS, 9 HR, 37 RBI; committed to Utah
Ryan Castellani Brophy OF Jr. Two-way star hit .379 with 1.185 OPS, 6 HR, 24 RBI; went 7-2 with 2.10 ERA, 55 K in 60 IP
Cody Erickson Desert Mountain Util Sr. Ace of Wolves finished 6-1 with 1.65 ERA, 47 K in 52 IP; had 1.058 OPS, 8 HR 42 RBI
Tyler Viza Desert Vista P Sr. 6-5 record wasn’t great, but had sparkling 1.48 ERA, 5 CG, only 16 BB in 80.1 IP
Irvin Ruiz St. Mary’s P Sr. Went 9-1 with E.V.-best 0.94 ERA; 44 K in 52 IP, with only question mark being competition
Arcadia: Joshua Arnd, So., IF; Basha: Ronnie Querry, Sr., OF; Austin Casillas, Sr., P; Brophy: Michael Westra, Sr., P; Ryan Grotjohn, Sr., IF; Steven Oleksak, Sr., P; Cactus Shadows: Jacob Meulich, Jr., DH, Cameron Ketchen, Sr., OF, Joey Wise, Sr., P; Campo Verde: Ryan Rodriguez, Sr., OF; Aaron Dotson, Sr., IF; Alex Lamberson, Sr., P: Chandler: Cooper Burton, Sr., OF; Hayden Durkiewicz, So., OF; Chandler Prep: Ben Brittain, So., IF; Chaparral: Colter Kilgour, Jr., C; Chris Nimtz, Sr., SS; Andrew Shaps, Jr., P; Combs: Ryan Johnson, Sr., IF; Nelson Paredes, Jr., IF; Corona del Sol: Nathan Chokey, Jr., OF; Colby Hamilton, Sr., C; Jeff Carter, Sr., IF; Coronado: Savoy Harney, Jr., IF; Andres Hernandez, Jr., IF/P; Desert Mountain: Calvin Boyd, Sr., P; Jake McAdams, Sr., P/DH; Jakob Goldfarb, Jr., OF; Desert Ridge: Jayden Eggimann, Sr., IF; Cam Richins, Sr., IF; Dylan Cook, Jr., P/OF; Desert Vista: Colby Woodmansee, Sr., IF; Austin Hicks, Sr., OF; A.J. Valencia, Jr., OF; Dobson: Justin Lee, Sr., IF; Josh Shaffer, Jr., OF; Gilbert: Tanner Herdt, Sr., P; Gilbert Classical: Andrew Strait, Sr., IF/P; Hamilton: Tyler Hill, Sr., IF; Kyle Pechloff, Sr., C; Kent Hasler, Jr., P; Tyler Erwin, Sr., P; Highland: Ethan Evanko, Sr., P: Kevan Elcock, Sr., IF; Trevor Elcock, Sr., OF; Horizon: Adam Wolfe, Sr., OF; Trevor Horn, Jr., IF/P; Chris Isbell, So., P; Marcos de Niza: Jaquese Moore, Sr., IF; McClintock: Preston Ryan, Sr., P; Craig McGinnis, Sr., P; Mesa: Joe Eto, Sr., IF/P; Mesa Prep: David Thomas, Jr., IF; Mesquite: Cole Valletta, Jr., OF; Matt Heibult, Sr., P; James Harrington, Sr., P/IF; Mountain Pointe: Jake Alexander, Jr., OF; Brantley Bell, Sr., IF; Cole Tucker, Jr., IF; Mountain View: Chase Anderson, Jr., C; Bryce Bailey, Sr., OF; Notre Dame: Devon DeRaad, Sr., OF/P; Duncan Morfitt, Sr., IF; Paradise Valley: Chandler Crow, Sr., OF; Perry: Dusty Wright, Sr. OF; Brady Weiss, Jr., C; Justin Schander, Sr., P; Pinnacle: Parker Manahan, Sr., IF; Brock Hartley, Sr., IF; Judson Stoddard, Sr., P; Poston Butte: Sal Martinez, Sr., IF; Queen Creek: Ryan Kottcamp, Jr., IF, Jaren Holmes, Sr., OF/P; Marcus Still, Jr., OF/P; Red Mountain: Brody Ryan, Sr., IF; Andrew Apodaca, Sr., OF; Jordan Zimmerman, Sr., IF; Saguaro: Brett Adams, Jr., C; Turner Lace, Jr., IF; Scottsdale Christian: Zach Scott, Sr., IF; Scottsdale Prep: Matt Munsil, Jr., IF/P; Seton Catholic: Matt Haggerty, Sr., OF; M.J. Villegas, Sr., P; Daniel Garlid, Sr., IF; Matt Pawlowski, Sr., OF/P; Skyline: Elliot Gilbert, Sr., C; St. Mary’s: Lukas Treffers, Sr., OF; Christian Chavez, Jr., IF; Luis Paez Leyva, So., IF; Antonio Coronado, So., P; Tempe: Luis Perez, Jr., IF; Tempe Prep: Forest Redlin, Sr., OF; Hayden Harden, Jr., OF; Valley Christian: Daniel Streng, Sr., P/IF; Westwood: Talon Parke, Sr., C; Hever Bueno, Sr., P; Williams Field: Skyler Wengert, Sr., IF; Chris Kobar, Jr., C; Travis Rowe, Sr., P.
Memorable Moments from the 2013 baseball season
Desert Mountain wins first title
The most consistent team from start to finish in Division I was Desert Mountain. The Wolves faced tough competition throughout and were the clear-cut best team by the end of the state tournament. The trio of David Greer, Cody Erickson and Ben Rodriguez led the way, but the team’s depth played a big role in its dominating run through the playoffs. Coach Brian Stephenson briefly lost his teaching job in the middle of the season but later regained it, but the Wolves never missed a beat. Desert Mountain defeated Chaparral, 4-3, on a walkoff single by Greer in the eighth inning for the first title in program history.
Notre Dame perseveres
Adversity was a common theme for the Notre Dame baseball season. Go-to hitter/pitcher Devon DeRaad missed the postseason with an injury, and the Saints were quickly knocked into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination portion of the Division II tournament. However, all that paled compared to what coach Brian Fischer went through. His brother, Brad, was shot and killed in Seattle in an act of random violence just before the tournament, and Fischer flew up to be with his family during the difficult time. He returned for the playoffs and helped guide the Saints to the title, as they won five straight elimination games, including a 2-1 victory over Phoenix Sunnyslope for the championship.
Pat Herrera resigns
It’s the end of a remarkable era at Desert Ridge, as coach Pat Herrera resigned following the season. He led the Jaguars to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, turning the program into one of the state’s best. Desert Ridge produced three Players of the Year under his watch — including Riley Unroe this year — and won 26 or more games in five of the past six seasons. His successor will have giant shoes to fill.
The new tournament format — which makes the first two rounds single elimination — was bound to result in some upsets, but this year was especially surprising. Preseason No. 1 Hamilton was knocked out in the first round, as were perennial powers Brophy and Horizon. Desert Ridge, Gilbert and Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor fell in the second round, as several of the best teams in the state didn’t make it to the double-elimination quarterfinals.