Heath Pickhardt is named second team while Keenan Mozingo receives honorable mention recognition

Two members of the Crook County High School baseball team were recently selected to the OSAA Class 4A Baseball All-State Team.LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County catcher Heath Pickhardt has been named to the OSAA Class 4A all-state second team. The junior, who was named to the Tri-Valley Conference all-league first-team, had a batting average of .508 for the season and .522 during league.

Heath Pickhardt, a junior catcher, was named to the all-state second-team, while senior Keenan Mozingo received honorable mention recognition.

Not only was Pickhardt a great defensive catcher, he also had an outstanding year at the plate.

The junior had a batting average of .508 for the season and hit an even more impressive .522 during the league season. Pickhardt had an on-base percentage of .585 and a slugging percentage of .652. He finished the year with seven doubles, six in league play, as well as a triple. He also had 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Pickhardt walked 12 times during the year while striking out just 10 times.

"I was pleased that we had two players on the team," Crook County head coach Frank Martinez said. "Heath has worked very hard for that. He's in there every day working hard. When we are not practicing, he's there on the weekend hitting or practicing or doing something all the time."

Although his batting average was not as high as Pickhardt's, Mozingo still had an outstanding season. The right fielder finished the year with a .349 batting average and a .426 on-base percentage.

"Keenan was one of the team's leaders this year and deserved the recognition he earned," Martinez said.

Mozingo finished the year with six doubles, two triples, nine RBIs and 24 runs scored.

In addition, the speedster stole 16 bases.

The Cowboys finished the year in fourth place in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 7-8 league record and a 10-14 overall mark.

G.T. Blackman, a junior from the state champion La Grande Tigers, and Austin Gerding, a senior from Philomath, were named co-players of the year.

La Grande's Parker McKinley was named coach of the year.LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Keenan Mozingo throws a ball in from right field during one of the Cowboys' games this spring. Mozingo was named honorable mention all-state. He finished the year with a .349 batting average and 16 stolen bases.

Sam Blankenship, a senior infielder from Estacada, was the lone Tri-Valley Conference player named to the all-state first team.

Pitcher Andy Avants and first baseman Levi Albrecht, both seniors from Estacada, were named to the all-state second team.

Also receiving recognition from the Tri-Valley Conference were infielder Aaron Alexander, a senior from Molalla, who was selected to the third team, along with fellow senior Logan Saltares, of Gladstone.

Outfielders Lane Sittner and Damon Alvara of Estacada and Gladstone, respectively, were named both named honorable mention, as was Tyler Lockey, a utility player from Madras.

OSAA Class 4A baseball all-state team

=Co-player of the year: G.T. Blackman, Jr. La Grande, Austin Gerding, Sr. Philomath

=Coach of the year: Parker McKinley, La Grande

First team

Pitchers: Zach Morgan, Jr. Sisters. G.T. Blackman, Jr. La Grande, Jackson Arnsdorf, Sr. Astoria.

Catchers: Cade Kissel, Sr. Hidden Valley, Logan Williams, Sr. Philomath.

First base: Aaron Goss, Sr. La Grande.

Infield: Sam Blankenship, Sr. Estacada, Andy Schmitz, Jr. North Marion, Fridjof Fremstad, Sr. Astoria, Casey Croy, Sr. Philomath, Gunnar Partain, Jr. Banks.

Outfield: Jake Simmons, So. North Bend, Austin Gerding, Sr. Philomath, Kyle Strange, Sr. Astoria, Josh Hamilton, Sr. Henley.

Utility: Blake Loney, So. Henley.

Second team

Pitchers: Andy Avants, Sr. Estacada, Luke Jackson, Sr. Junction, Heith Rasica, Fr. Henley.

Catchers: Heath Pickhardt, Jr. Crook County, Ryan Funk, Sr. Sisters.

First base: Levi Albrecht, Sr. Estacada, Kolton Fisher, Jr. Hidden Valley.

Infield: Cody Gray, Sr. South Umpqua, Riley Davis, Sr. Philomath, Mike Mejia, Jr. Ontario, Jake Overstreet, Jr. Henley.

Outfield: Chris Rapp, Sr. Valley Catholic, Dan Virtue, Sr. Sweet Home, Tyler Pettigrew, Sr. Henley, Hunter Holmason, Sr. Scappoose.

Utility: Clark Boys, Sr. Newport.

Third team

Pitchers: Logan Saltares, Sr. Gladstone, Brad Bell, Sr. La Grande, Jacob Dobmeier, So. Newport.

Catchers: Keanu Aiona, Sr. Sweet Home, Otis Lunagren, Jr. Gladstone.

First base: Devin Stafford, Sr. Sweet Home.

Infield: Dave Freeman, Sr. Brookings-Harbor, Aaron Alexander, Sr. Molalla, Brett Ollivant, Sr. Cottage Grove, Dylan Doubrava, Sr. North Marion.

Outfield: Zach Jacobs, Sr. La Grande, Kawai Kalikau, Sr. Elmira, Sam Imbler-Bremner, Sr. Newport, Jake Evans, Sr. Banks.

Utility: Seth Dixon, Sr. Baker.

Honorable mention

Pitchers: Mane Freeman, So. North Bend, Seth Forsyth, So. Ontario, Bailey Johnson, Sr. South Umpqua, Carter Dahl, Sr. Douglas, Dalton Renne, Jr. Banks.

Catchers: Seth Dixon, Sr. Baker, Neal Rose, Sr. North Bend, Grant Henry, So. North Marion, Grant Henry, So. North Marion, Nicky Gill, Jr. Scappoose.

First base: Nolan Jackson, Jr. Philomath, Richard Estrella, So. Elmira.

Infield: Jayden Frank, So. North Bend, Ole Englund, Sr. Astoria, Colton Smith, So. Sweet Home, Eric Garcia, Sr. Ontario, Vincent Dimatteo, Jr. Hidden Valley, Chris Luz, Jr. Sisters, Jon Gonzalez, Sr. La Grande, Jake Hampson, Sr. Mazama, Makoa Nakamura, Sr. Valley Catholic, Mickey Luce, Sr. Klamath Union, Trent Keeler, Jr. Junction City.

Outfield: Jon Kleespies, So. Brookings-Harbor, Nate Austin, Sr. Henley, Marcus Plumley, Sr. Baker, Lane Sittner, Sr. Estacada, Brigham Baker, Sr. North Bend, Trenton Luckini, Jr. Newport, Porter Agnew, Jr. Valley Catholic, Thomas Skaff, Sr. Phoenix, Keenan Mozingo, Sr. Crook County, Steele Hartley, Sr. Ontario, Damian Alvara, Jr. Gladstone.

Utility: Cody Testa, Jr. Brookings-Harbor, Garrett Vaughn, Sr. La Grande, Tyler Lockey, Jr. Madras, Matt Gibson, Sr. Douglas.

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