Ashland's Kendall named 5A co-pitcher of the year

He started the season as power-hitting outfielder who could also pitch, and ended it as a power pitcher who could also hit.

In between, Ian Kendall dominated just about every batting lineup that got in his way while leading the Ashland Grizzlies to their second state championship game appearance in three years.

Kendall's phenomenal senior season convinced the Oregon coaches to name him, along with North Eugene sophomore Andew Moore, the OSAA Class 5A co-pitcher of the year. Kendall, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth round of last week's Major League Baseball first-year player draft, was one of seven Grizzlies to gain all-state recognition, a haul that included three first-team picks, two second-team selections and two honorable mentions.

"I was very happy that we were well represented and I'm proud of the boys," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said. "They did the hard work. My only surprise was that (Kendall) had to share it with somebody. In my mind, he was the best pitcher in the state."

It's hard to argue otherwise.

Kendall was 10-2 with a 0.71 ERA in leading the Grizzlies back to Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, where they lost to the Moore-led Highlanders, 3-0. In the championship game, Kendall fanned 12 batters and allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. That gave him 106 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings on the year, an average of 1.6 Ks per frame.

Moore was 11-4 with a 1.35 ERA and was at his best in the championship game, where he hurled a three-hit shutout to clinch North Eugene's first-ever state title.

Madras senior infielder Turner Gill, who's headed to the University of Portland, was named the 5A player of the year and Corey Nicholsen, who led the Highlanders past the state semifinals for the first time in team history, was named coach of the year.

Joining Kendall on the first-team list were teammates Nick Hall, a senior shortstop, and Luke Baldrica, a senior outfielder. Ashland senior pitcher Lucas Stone and sophomore first baseman Billy Hansen were second-team selections, and Ashland junior catcher Jake Scarminach and sophomore second baseman Ethan Schlecht were honorable mentions.

Hansen and Schlecht were two of just four underclassmen to earn all-state honors.

Hall and Baldrica anchored Ashland's defense and also provided significant pop in the lineup. Hall batted .360 in the leadoff spot and scored 36 runs to tie Hansen and Kendall for the team lead. Baldrica overcame several nagging injuries to lead the Grizzlies in batting average (.523), slugging percentage (.815) and RBIs (29).

Stone was 7-1 with a 2.11 ERA. He struck out 58 batters while issuing just nine walks, and also batted .307 with three home runs, including a game-tying grand slam against Thurston in the state quarterfinals.

Hansen's first year at the varsity level was a gem. He batted .462, second on the team, with 18 RBIs and a .554 on-base percentage.

Scarminach came back after taking a year off from baseball to bat .317 with a team-high six stolen bases while batting in the nine hole for the Grizzlies. His main contribution was in the field, where he managed one of the best pitching staffs in the state while dealing with a painful injury. According to Senestraro, Scarminach played half the season with a broken thumb on his glove hand.

"I'm just very proud of him," Senestraro said of Scarminach, the quarterback of the AHS football team. "He just gave it everything he had and we wouldn't be where we are without him."

Schlecht teamed up with Hall to give the Grizzlies a potent double-play combination while batting .373 with three home runs and 20 RBIs. His solo shot against Madras in the state semifinals helped Ashland eke out a 5-4 victory.

Class 5A All-State Team

Player of the year: Turner Gill, INF, Madras, sr.

Pitchers of the year: Andrew Moore, soph., North Eugene, and Ian Kendall, sr., Ashland.

Coach of the year: Corey Nicholsen, North Eugene


Pitcher: Ian Kendall, Ashland, sr.; Isaac Henslee, Pendleton, sr.; Travis Kelley, South Albany, jr.; Jordan Ramp, Sherwood, jr.; Andrew Moore, North Eugene, soph.

Catcher: Bo Cornish, Liberty, sr.; Anthony Havens, Thurston, sr.

First base: Scott Stone, Crescent Valley, sr.; Sid Jensen, Hillsboro, sr.

Infield: Turner Gill, Madras, sr.; Jake Whisler, Klamath Union, sr.; Austin Say, Madras, sr.; Grant Newton, Bend, jr.; Nick Hall, Ashland, sr.

Outfield: Chase Lio, Wilsonville, jr.; Luke Baldrica, Ashland, sr.; Bryce Crawford, Crater, jr.; Jackson Ruckert, West Albany, jr.

Utility: Michael Holly, Cleveland, sr.

Designated hitter: Justin Davis, Sherwood, jr.; Chris Zelmer, Bend, jr.


Pitcher: Luke Stone, Ashland, sr.; Ross Orman, Corvallis, sr.; James Caldwell, Pendleton, sr.; Justin Chavarria, Klamath Union, sr.; Dawson Phinney, Thurston, sr.; Kameron Bates, Springfield, jr.

Catcher: Justin Marshall, Lebanon, sr.; Kenny Norgaard, Bend, sr.

First base: Taylor Woodke, Willamette, sr.; Billy Hansen, Ashland, soph.

Infield: Jake Talbot, Pendleton, sr.; Van Fudge, Crescent Valley, sr.; Jonathan Neuschwander, South Albany, sr.; Drew Rawlings, Wilsonville, sr.; Oliver Johnson, Springfield, sr.; Cole Hamilton, Cleveland, jr.

Outfield: Taylor Burner, West Albany, jr.; Kellen Sparks, Corvallis, sr.; Alejandro Camarena, Springfield, sr.; Christian Massey, Crater, sr.; Ryan Degner, Glencoe, sr.

Utility: Tallack Graser, Glencoe, sr.

Designated hitter: Andrew Tracy, Crater, jr.; Nate Rodman, Corvallis, soph.


Pitcher: Alex Robinett, Mountain View, jr.; Rudy Corbett, Cleveland, sr.; Travis Wiest, Bend, sr.

Catcher: David Weaver, Madison, jr.; Chase Sanders, Corvallis, sr.; Jake Scarminach, Ashland, jr.

First base: Brad Birch, Churchill, sr.; Travis Wiest, Bend, sr.

Infield: Tyler Rome, Sherwood, jr.; Garret Harpole, North Eugene, jr.; Ethan Schlecht, Ashland, soph.; Grant Mattes, Crescent Valley, jr.

Outfield: Jordan Loos, Thurston, sr.; Michael Balfour, Sherwood, jr.; Spencer Ellsbury, Madras, sr.; Justin Robbins, South Albany, sr.

Utility: Garrett Mills, North Eugene, sr.

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