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Prep baseball's postseason awards released
by Dan Eckles
May 23, 2012 | 1749 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Reed senior Ryan Butler was named a Northern 4A All-League second-team honoree in a recent vote of the conference’s coaches.
Tribune file photo - Reed senior Ryan Butler was named a Northern 4A All-League second-team honoree in a recent vote of the conference’s coaches.
Earning an all-league honor was a tough gig this spring in the Northern 4A baseball ranks. In past years, the region was comprised of two leagues, each of which put together all-league rosters. However, in 2012 the Northern 4A was one big conference, which offered far fewer honors when the all-league awards parade was released this week.

Both Reed, which was seeded seventh in the Northern 4A’s eight-team tourney and Spanish Springs, which finished ninth in the final league standings thus missing out postseason play, saw three players take home all-league honors.

“It is tough now to make all-league,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. “We coaches talked about expanding it a bit since we’ve got just one league now. To get nominated and then get recognized is a big deal.

“Obviously, it’s always nice if you can get a couple more guys on but at the same time I looked at our numbers and it turned out fine. As a team we did not make the playoffs, but this kind of favors of the teams that makes the playoffs. And that’s probably the way it should be.”

McQueen coach Carlos Madrid, a 2001 Reed High graduate, was named the Northern 4A’s coach of the year after leading the Lancers to a 17-3 league mark and a regular season league title.

The Lancers were led by senior Christian Stolo, who was named the region’s player of the year.

Reno’s senior Grant Kukuk and Bishop Manogue junior Devote German were named the offensive player of the year and pitcher of the year respectively.

Neither of the Northern 4A’s Sparks schools, Reed or Spanish Springs saw a player take home a first-team honor.

Reed did get three players on the second-team list. Senior second baseman Beau Tittensor was one of those. He hit .388 this spring, leading the Raiders in runs scored while finishing second on the team in hits and RBIs.

“If we had an MVP, it would have been Beau,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “He did everything for us. He started at second base and seemed to have all the big hits. When it came down it it, Beau was the guy for us. He had a really nice season.”

Senior pitcher Jake Means was also Raiders’ second-team honoree. He led the RHS staff with a 3.61 ERA and led the club in innings pitched and strikeouts.

“Jake’s role changed for us a bit this year as we moved him to a starter,” Charles said. “Jake had a really nice season. He worked really hard. He was probably our hardest worker dating back to last summer. Jake showed us he could start and close. He wants to go play in college. Hopefully, he can shoot for whatever he chooses and go for it.”

Reed’s other second-team selection was senior outfielder Ryan Butler, a first -team High desert League pick last spring. Butler paced the Raiders offense from his leadoff slot, hitting .422 to lead the Blue and Gold squad.

“The best quality about Ryan is he’s just a good kid,” Charles said. “He always showed up to practice positive and always worked hard. His stats are good and he even started a little slow. But he finished strong and that’s a tribute to him.

“Of course he wanted to be first team, but to be all-league at all in this thing is great.”

At Spanish Springs, the Cougars got three players to earn all-league distinction, one on the second team and two on the honorable mention list.

The Cougars’ second team nod went to junior pitcher Nikk Audenreid. The right-hander led his team in wins and a sparkling strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 29 while issuing only eight free passes all season.

“The kid is a horse. He wants the ball all the time and he wants to finish every game,” Hofmann said. “His mentality was great. He was always working out of jams, some by his own doing. He just wanted to get the ball and go. We were looking for him to handle a heavy pitching load. I thought he’d step in and have some success. And he did.”

Spanish Springs’ two honorable mention picks were senior first baseman Chadd Little and junior shortstop Matt Mannens. Little hit .326 and led the SSHS nine in RBIs. Mannens hit .328 and led the local school in runs scored and homers.

“Chadd worked really hard to get better and that translated offensively and defensively,” Hofmann said. “And then when you look at Matt, there’s a lot of good shortstops in the league. To even get honorable mention is super impressive. He had some rally big games. Those were big for him and our team.”

In the 3A ranks, Mount Rose League runner-up Sparks got nine players on the league’s all-star roster.

“It shows the hard work our guys put into our program this year,” Sparks coach Greg Vasko said his team’s overall all-league representation. “There’s a lot of good teams out there. I definitely was pleased with our representation, how well we did and how well the guys represented our high school.

“We lost eight or nine guys from last year. Those guys were tough to replace, but our guys put in a lot of time and effort. I’ve also got to give kudos to my coaching staff. It wasn’t just me. All of our coaches spent a lot of time with our kids to help them get better, pitching, hitting and fielding.”

Four players were named Mount Rose League first-team all-stars for Sparks. Catcher L.B. Rose, infielder Casey Carter, outfielder James McCarty and pitcher Jared Longland comprised that group. Rose and Carter were the Railroaders’ top two hitters, finishing the season with batting averages of .500 and .443 respectively. McCarty hit .375 for the SHS nine. Longland posted a 2.24 ERA and a 6-2 record this past spring.

A trio of Railroaders were named to the conference’s second team. Infielder Brandon Harris (.356), outfielder Quinn Lightfoot (.194) and pitcher Keiffer Putman (5-4, 2.81 ERA) made up that contingent.

Sparks seniors Kody McClelland (.262) and David Tallman (.200) each garnered all-league honorable mention status as outfielders.
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