Local players earn all-league honors
Forest Grove has five players selected to the Pacific Conference all-star baseball team
Western Washington County baseball players were well represented on their respective all-star teams released at the end of the season.
Led by Cam Kemper, who was selected at two positions, Forest Grove put five players on the Pacific Conference all-star squad. Kemper was named to the first team as a pitcher and to the second team as an infielder.
Andrew Thorud joined Kemper as a first team pitcher, while Daniel Daughtry made the second team as an outfielder. First baseman Dylan Haugen and outfielder Andrew Siemiller were honorable mention selections.
Through 23 games (complete stats were not available), Kemper posted a .254 batting average, with 17 hits, 16 runs scored and five RBIs. He was also the teams most dangerous runner on the base paths with 13 stolen bases. Defensively, he recorded 56 putouts and 21 assists.
On the mound, the junior posted a 6-2 record in nine starts. Over 52 innings, he gave up 39 hits, 22 runs (13 earned) and 30 walks while striking out 61 to post a 1.75 earned run average.
A 6-foot right-hander, Thorud also supplied the Vikings with a quality junior season. He was second on the team with a .364 batting average, recording 28 hits, 12 RBIs and nine runs. He also went 6-2 on the mound. Over 48.1 innings, he gave up 65 hits, 37 runs (24 earned) and 19 walks while fanning 42 for a 3.48 ERA.
Daughtry missed several games due to injury but posted a .262 batting average. He supplied 11 hits, six RBIs and six runs in 42 at-bats and recorded 24 putouts and five assists from his spot in the outfield.
Haugen led the team with a .370 batting average. The senior also put up 29 hits, 10 RBIs and 15 runs. On defense he recorded 49 putouts and nine assists.
Forest Grove went 11-16 overall and 6-11 in league play to take seventh place in the Pacific Conference. The Vikings lost to David Douglas in the Class 6A play-in round.
For Banks, three players made the Cowapa League all-star team and two others were honorable mention picks.
Senior Shane Spiering (pitcher, first base), sophomore Donny McClean (outfield, third base) and freshman catcher Casey McGough all made the team proper, while sophomore David Schorn (pitcher, infield) and senior infielder Conner Kuehl were honorable mention selections.
That fivesome led the Braves to a 10-12 record. They finished fourth in Cowapa play with a 6-9 record, just missing a Class 4A play-in game berth.
As for Gaston, juniors Alex Sweet (pitcher, third base) and Trevor Reynolds (pitcher, shortstop), both were Northwest League first team all-star selections. Joey Stark (catcher) and Jarad Davis (pitcher, shortstop) made the second team.
Those four players led the Greyhounds to a 14-12 overall mark and a third-place finish in the league with a 12-9 record. The team beat Faith Bible 8-5 in a league playoff game to make the Class 2A/1A state playoffs for the first time since 2005. Stark and outfielder Wyatt Losey were Gastons only seniors.