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Despite a poor showing in league play this season, Molalla had players earned all-league awards

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Jeff Larsen earned honorable mention for his efforts in Molalla's infield this past season. Molalla's baseball team finished up its season with a 9-16 record, and a 4-11 record in the Tri-Valley Conference. The team finished second to last in league, and was ranked 30th in the state overall.

Not the ideal finishing place for a team that tied for first place in league last year, but there were still student athletes who were recognized by the other league coaches for excellence in play.

Sophomore Linden Mackenzie and junior Jeff Larsen earned second team and honorable mentions, respectively, for their work in the infield. Senior Matt Roark received an honorable mention distinction for his role as a utility player. Finally, senior catcher Braden Hibbs earned second team honors for his work behind the dish.

The team graduates Roark and Hibbs after this year, and two other seniors on top of it, but also retains Larsen and Mackenzie, along with a host of returning talent.

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Braden Hibbs was awarded second team all-league honors for his work as catcher.

Full Tri-Valley Conference all-league honors are below:

Player of the Year

Derek Lee & Damian Alvarado (Gladstone)

Pitcher of the Year

Ben McCoy (Gladstone)

Coach of the Year

Casey Webster (Gladstone)

Pitcher

1st Team - Ben McCoy (Gladstone)

1st Team - Kyle Knudtson (Crook County)

1st Team - Derek Lee (Gladstone)

2nd Team -Jared Holliday (Madras)

2nd Team - Wyatt Riedel (Estacada)

2nd Team - Tyler Lockey (Madras)

HM - Jeremiah May (Estacada)

Infield

1st Team -Austin Conner (Gladstone)

1st Team - Matthew Kuhn (Gladstone)

1st Team - Tyler Lockey (Madras)

1st Team - Wyatt Riedel (Estacada)

2nd Team - Linden Mackenzie (Molalla)

2nd Team - Jared Weaver (Estacada)

2nd Team - Dylan Oliver (Corbett)

HM- Kanim Smith (Madras)

HM - Jeff Larsen (Molalla)

HM - Caleb Johnson (Estacada)

Outfield

1st Team -Josh Norris (Crook County)

1st Team -Damian Alvarado (Gladstone)

1st Team - Matthew Lehrbach (Gladstone)

1st Team - Cameron Rodriguez (Madras)

2nd Team -Tyler Meyers (Gladstone)

2nd Team - Brandon Thornhill (Estacada)

2nd Team - Charlie Prince (Corbett)

HM - Hunter Bishop (Crook County)

HM - Brody Connell (Crook County)

Utility

1st Team - Devin Wilson (Crook County)

2nd Team - Lewis Fine (Madras)

HM - Jake Gehrke (Gladstone)

HM - Matt Roark (Molalla)

HM - Preston Horvath (Corbett)

Catcher

1st Team - Heath Pickhardt (Crook County)

1st Team - Nick Keller (Estacada)

2nd Team - Braden Hibbs (Molalla)

HM - Otis Lundgren (Gladstone)

1st Baseman

1st team - Derek Lee (Gladstone)

2nd team - Liam White (Madras)

HM - Jackson Simmons (Gladstone)

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