It's an all-state haul for local baseball players

In one of the most successful baseball seasons for Southern Oregon, the local boys were feted with quite a few honors Wednesday with the release of the all-state baseball teams.

Making the grade locally were Ashland pitcher Gus Gaviglio and Ashland second baseman Tysin Senestraro. Gaviglio, who was 6-3 with a 1.33 ERA during the regular season, was a Class 5A second-team selection, while Senestraro, who led the Grizzlies in batting average (.500), slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.570) during the regular season, was an honorable mention.

Gaviglio and Senestraro led Ashland to the first state semifinal berth in team history.

Crater, which won the first-ever 5A baseball title, earned top billing in all three categories as the Comets were honored with the state's top player, pitcher and coach for the 5A ranks.

"We did quite well and represented Crater High quite well at the all-state level," said Crater coach Jay Campbell, who was named 5A coach of the year. "To get five players on the first team and have the top player and pitcher, that's pretty impressive."

Crater senior catcher Charlie Reina was named the Class 5A player of the year, while senior teammate Chris Thomas was named 5A pitcher of the year. Each played pivotal roles in leading the Comets to a 24-5-1 record and the school's first baseball state title since 2000.

"I thought it was a really great award for Chris just because over the years I think people have overlooked him," said Reina of his battery-mate. "I was just happy he finally got some recognition that he is one of the best pitchers in Oregon."

Thomas capped his senior season with a 13-0 record and 1.29 ERA. The right-hander earned all four playoff wins for the Comets, finishing with 96 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings.

"He was tremendous all year," Campbell said of Thomas. "He was strong from beginning to end. If you don't lose a game, it's pretty hard to get better than that."

For his part, Reina hit .457 with 44 RBIs and 39 runs scored in his fourth varsity season at catcher.

"It's a great award I wasn't expecting to get," Reina said of his honor. "I've worked really hard over the past four years so I'm really thankful for being able to wrap everything up this way. And just to be able to share the whole experience with all my good friends, it was just a great send-off."

And one that was much-deserved.

"What better way to go out as state champion and player of the year," Campbell said of Reina. "That's a pretty special kid.

"He's a stud when it comes to the game of baseball," added the second-year coach. "We looked toward him at times to get rallies started, and he was always right there ready to get it going."

The Comets had several players that fit that mold, including first-team selections Zach Boskovich (first base), Josh Surgeon (second base) and Cory Staniforth (shortstop). Boskovich hit .489 and scored 28 runs, with eight of his 35 RBIs coming in the playoffs. Surgeon, who joined Reina as Southern Sky Conference player of the year, hit .437 with 43 runs and 35 RBIs, while Staniforth hit .433 with 28 runs and 32 RBIs.

Center fielder Tyler Davis was a second-team selection for the Comets. He batted .538 in the playoffs and .327 overall to go with 39 runs and 25 RBIs.

North Medford, which earned the inaugural Class 6A crown, became the first Medford team to earn a baseball state title since 1984. Along the way, the Black Tornado set a school record for wins in compiling a 27-3 record.

Leading the charge for North Medford all season were senior catcher Darren Bruhns and junior pitcher Andrew Jones, who were each named to the 6A first team.

Bruhns hit .445 and scored 42 runs to finish one shy of the school record set by Nate Mayben in 1999. The leadoff hitter helped set the pace both offensively and defensively for the Black Tornado.

"Obviously it's a great honor for Darren," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe. "He earned it definitely as a leader and captain of our team. He's a great offensive hitter and defensive catcher, and has a powerful arm and can run. He's a big reason why we were so successful in the spring."

Jones capped an outstanding season on the mound with a 9-0 record, and boasted a 2.63 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 28 walks in 69&

65279;1/3 innings.

"Jonesy's smaller in stature than some of the kids in the state of Oregon as far as pitchers go," said Wolfe, "but he's got a big heart and is one helluva competitor. He's one of those kids that just goes out with a bulldog mentality and gets the job done."

Center fielder Jordan Bostwick was a third-team all-state selection after leading North Medford with a .465 batting average to go with 41 runs, while senior right fielder Logan Odom earned honorable mention status after hitting .337 with a team-high 37 RBIs and six home runs.

In the Class 4A ranks, Phoenix infielder Dustin Smith and outfielder Kory Locken were each named to the second team, while Jordan Lewis was a third-team selection at pitcher and Jake Murphy received an honorable mention nod as a utility player.

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