All-Grizzlies All-Stars

The Ashland High baseball team was the class of the Southern Sky Conference again this season, so the league's coaches honored the Grizzlies accordingly.

All of them.

Every player in Ashland's starting lineup plus a 10th player and head coach Don Senestraro was accounted for as the SSC all-star team was released Thursday on the heels of Ashland's second-round Class 5A playoff win over Crescent Valley.

The Grizzlies for the second year in a row also swept the three top awards — junior pitcher/outfielder Ian Kendall was voted player of the year, senior pitcher/first baseman Garrett Tygerson was the pitcher of the year and Senestraro was the coach of the year.

The defending state champion Grizzlies, who went 15-1 to capture their second straight SSC title, play North Eugene in the state quarterfinals today at Swede Johnson Stadium in Eugene.

Similar to last year, the all-star list reads like one of Senestraro's lineup cards. Eight of the 10 Grizzlies who made the team earned first-team status, and four of those — Kendall, Tygerson, Charlie Sebrell and Hayden Miller — were first- or second-teamers at two different positions.

Tygerson and Sebrell both were voted first-team pitchers, senior Lewis Sebrell was the first-team catcher, junior shortstop Nick Hall was a first-team infielder, Kendall and fellow juniors Luke Baldrica and Lucas Stone were first-team outfielders and Miller was the first-team utility player.

Earning second-team honors for the Grizzlies were: Kendall (pitcher), Tygerson (first base), Miller (infield) and Charlie Sebrell (outfield). Stone (first base), sophomore Brent Hegdahl (infield) and Keali Cecil (outfield) were honorable mentions for Ashland.

League runner-up Crater was also well represented, with eight Comets making the list, including three first-teamers. The Eagle Point Eagles had seven all-stars, including one first-teamer.

Kendall emerged as Ashland's best power hitter during the regular season, batting .484 with a team-best .855 slugging percentage and five home runs (he added a sixth in Tuesday's 4-0 win). He also was a bulldog on the hill, going 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 57 strikeouts.

"The goal for my season this year was to make first team because last year I was actually one of the worst hitters in our lineup and I wanted to prove that I could do better than that," Kendall said.

Tygerson's consistency likely earned him the pitcher of the year award. He led the team in wins (7-2), was second in innings pitched (48 2-3), had a 1.29 ERA and churned out three complete games and two shutouts, both team highs.

"I know it was really close between me and Charlie (Sebrell)," Tygerson said. "We both had really great years. They could have went either way."

Senestraro picked up his second straight coach of the year award after guiding the Grizzlies to the playoffs for the third year in a row.

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