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The News I June 2-8,2605
ALL-HENDERSON BASEBALL TEAM
The News I June 2-8,2005
American Legion baseball set to begin [ji
lY PEDRO F. FONTEBOA
All-Hendenon
baseball tMin
C: KylM Hash, junior, Basic
High School. S«« related story,
at right.
IB: Zeke Roybal, senior, Basic
High School. Hit .388-4-27 and
came on when his team needed
him the most, down the stretch.
2B: Louie Greb, senior. Green
Valley High School. Greb's
smooth fielded style shined
- so did his 34 hits In 96 at bats.
3B: Kevin Wells, senior, Basic
High School. The first-team ailconference selection had a .585
on base percentage, scoring 42
runs.
SS: Ranee Roundy, junior,
Silverado High School. Hands
down better than Basic's Bondurant. Liberty's Reyn Ohye and
Green Valley's Foley
OF: Trevor Diez, senior.
Foothill High School. The power
hitter was second team ali-confererKe.
OF: Cole Cosgrove, senior.
Green Valley High School.
Cosgrove batted .392-3-34 with
36 runs.
OF: AJ Montano, senior, Basic
High School, Montano hit .426
with runners in scoring position.
UT: IMatt Sexton: Played
literally five positions for the
Falcons, hammering the ball
against division opponents.
P: Gregory Krause, senior.
Green Valley High School.
Krause wallted just nine batters
this year, finishing with a 9-1
record and a 1.92 ERA.
P: Casey Cochran, senior, Basic High School. Went 9-2 with
a 2.45 ERA and a save, striking
out 54 in 65 and 2/3 innings
pitched.
Top dog
Basic catcher Hash named
the News' Player of the Year
By RAY BREWER
Basic High School's Kylee
Hash was one of the top sluggers in Southern Nevada this
past baseball season, but for
Wolves' coach Mike Kazek,
that's not what made his
junior catcher so<valuable.
"He was the best defensive
catcher in town and I have no
problem saying that," Kazek
said. "He was the crerae of
the crop of the catchers in
this valley."
Hash's arm was so respected by opponents that only 18
attempted to steal a base —
in contrast. Wolves' inilelder
Ray Steiber was 19-for-19 in
steals.
Of the 18, only eight were
successful, and Kazek said
three of those were on balls
in the dirt.
For this, and a slugging
percentage of .726, Hash was
named the News' Player of
the Year.
The 11-person team was
selected by this publication's
sports editor, and includes
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Mike Kazek,
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players from four of the
area's seven schools.
"I take pride In both of
them (offense and defense),"
Hash said. "I worked so hard
to make both of them my
strengths."
Hash hit .382-7-41 with 16
doubles in leading the Wolves
to the Sunrise Regional title
game — a 2-1 loss to Green
Valley that will give Hash
plenty of motivation in the
off-season. He hit into a
game-ending 4-6-3 double
play, and went hitless the following day in a season-ending loss to Centennial for the
last berth into the state tournament.
"You have to love being up
in that situation," Hash said.
"You can either be a hero or
the goat, but you can't be the
hero if you aren't up there.
It's Just part of baseball
— everyone hits into double
plays."
His season, however, overshadowed any pitfalls at the
end of the year.
Kazek entrusted Hash to
call all of the pitches, and
said the 17-year-old has an
amazing knowledge of the
game.
"I would say 95-percent of
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Bask High Schoel jMior catdier Kylee Hash im naned the Nem'Player Of tke Year. He hit J82-7-4L
the time he called the same
pitch I would have called
and that shows irt our pitching performances," the coach
said. "He will look at the
scouting cards and go over
that with the pitchers before
the game."
Hash will play Connie Mack
ball this summer in Orange
County, Calif., and the coach
complimented his star on a
year-round dedication to the
sport.
"There is no substitute for
strength," Kazek said. "The
kid is an extremely hard
worker. He is constantly in
the gym or out running.
After games, when 1 go home
real late, I sometimes see him
out running after the game.
He is very dedicated to his
body."
Hash could parlay this
success into being drafted
during next year's First-Year
Player Entry draft, adding
that is the ultimate goal.
Ray Brewer is sports editor of the
News. He can be reached at ray.
brewer<Si'hbcpub.com or 990-2662.
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Being told that your team
is one of the favorites dose
not necessarily make it so. At
least, that's the way Silverado's American Legion baseball
coach Brian Whitaker sees it.
"Some coaches have pointed
to us and already made us the
top contender, but I have to
add caution to that," Whitaker
said. "Legion baseball is different from high school ball.
In Legion ball, some teams
take to the idea that developing players us more important
than winning. Teams will lose
players all summer to baseball
showcases and to summer vacations and to summer football practices, I know we will.
We will have to move players
around to fill gaps, but that is
good. I think getting younger
players playing time is the
most important part of Legion
ball."
Legion baseball does not
have the same rules as high
school baseball. There is no
eligibility requiremeiit and
many high school seniors
usually skip the season. Some
college freshmen that are
young — the age maximum
is 19 — enough return to play
for some teams. A lot of junior
varsity players are moved up
to get playing time.
"So much is coming and going in Legion ball that it is too
early to say who is favored,"
Whitaker said. "Yes, we will
be a solid team, but saying we
are the top contender is way
too early."
Still, Silverado appears to
be one of the teams to beat
this summer in the American
Legion Gold Division, along
with current high school state
champion Sierra Vista. There
are 15 teams county-wide that
will compete in the Gold Division, headed by Silverado,
Coronado and Green Valley.
Each team will play 28
league games. The top seven
teams advance to the Nevada
state tournament. The Division winner earns an automatic berth to the American
Legion Regional.
Another 13 teams from
across the valley will compete
in the Silver Division, including Basic, Foothill, Del Sol and
^.iberty.
"Basically, the Gold Division will be varsity A teams
and the Silver Division will be
varsity B teams that include a
lot of junior varsity players,"
Whitaker said. "It's all good.
Every team out there will be
trying to get innings played
and innings pitched for their
kids. Legion ball is more about
developing players."
Silverado, 13-17 last summer, is led by seniors-to-be
shortstop Ranee Roundy,
catcher Kyle Bostick and righthanded pitcher Brenton Van
and junior-to-be left-handed
pitcher Kevin Rath,
Silverado's first game is Friday night against Centennial
at Basic High at 8 p.m.
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for the News. He can be reached
through sports editor Ray Brewer
at ray.brewer(S)hbcpub.com.
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this summer," Sufana said.
Konicek also will play outfield, infield and be the closing pitcher. Mishalow Is a
strong third baseman.
Green Valley, which was ISIS last year in Legion, will play
its first game today at home
against Bonanza.
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As is custom fo^ the Gators,
the graduating seniors will
not be playipg Legion ball.
"That's a bad thing because
it gets us started shorthanded as far as experience goes,
but it is a good thing because
the underclassmen know the
responsibility we are placing
on them," Gators coach Ron
Sufana said. "All 11 seniors
will sit it out, so we will see
lots of new guys at new positions. It will be very competitive with in the team, and that
will translate into making
us a more competitive team
against our opponents."
The Gators, which finished
28-10 and in third place in the
Nevada baseball state tourna/
Coronado
/Coach Mike O'Rourke's Cou- ment in May, have won nine of
gars will be led by a very strong 13 state baseball championpitching staff that features ships since the school opened
three right-handers - Trevor in 1992. Ahhough the Gators
Clausen, Randon Roundy and qualify for the Silver Division,
Sufana prefers to compete in
Stephen Singer.
"There is no doubt our pitch- the stronger Gold Division.
"I believe we can improve
ing staff is the strongest part
"of our team," O'Rourke said. ourselves best and prepare
"Hopefully, we can get lots of for next high school season
experience for the rest of the by playing the stronger teams
team to support the staff in in the Gold Division," Sufana
Legion ball and next year in said.
The Gators will play the
the high school season. I am
expecting big things from the 28 league games, plus a fivegame tournament and at least
pitching staff.
"The Legion season is about five additional games, accordlearning for the young guys ing to Sufana.
Leading Green Valley are
and for working on the skills
for the older guys. Every coach Matt Harrison, Josh Konicek
works in different ways and and Justin Mishalow. Harritries different things, so the son will play outfield, infield
league can get a little odd at and pitch. "Matt is going to see
times."
The Cougars other top players are expected to be center
fielder Ben Morris, who also
can pitch. "Ben will get some
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contribute. Coronado was 1711 last summer.
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