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Following a third-place finish in the Tri-Valley and a trip to the playoffs, six Buffs earned all-league honors.

Six players from the Madras baseball team have received all-league honors.

Following a 15-11 season that saw the White Buffalos take third place in the Tri-Valley Conference, a half dozen Buffs were named to the All-TVC teams for the 2022 season. That number includes four first-teamers, one second-team selection and one honorable mention. The lists were voted on by the league coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School junior Ayden Holcomb made the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as a pitcher, but he was also extremely effective at the plate for the White Buffalos.Ayden Holcomb was named as first-team pitcher after leading Madras in innings pitched and tying for the team lead with seven starts on the mound. The junior finished with an earned run average of 3.19 and amassed 31 strikeouts against just nine walks. Holcomb also threw a no-hitter against Molalla on April 25, picked up a crucial save in a May 9 win over Gladstone and started both postseason games for the White Buffalos. He was also deadly in the batter's box, hitting .446 — the top mark among the Buffs' everyday players — with a team-leading 10 doubles, while striking out just three times all year long.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School senior Ethan Graeme made the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as an infielder. Graeme played third base for the Buffs and hit the team's only home run of the season.Ethan Graeme capped off his senior season with a first-team nod thanks to his work at the plate and as a third baseman. Graeme was responsible for the only Madras home run this season, slapping one over the fence during a May 4 win against Corbett, and his bases-clearing triple against Molalla on May 11 was crucial in helping the Buffs secure a postseason bid. The senior hit .342 on the year with 23 RBIs, and he was also deployed on the mound at times. Graeme started three games and came in on relief in five more, though he was his most effective with the bat.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School junior Conner Flu made the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as an infielder. Flu mostly manned shortstop this season, though he also saw time at second base and on the pitcher's mound.Also making the first team was junior Conner Flu, who manned the shortstop position for most of the year. In 26 games this season, Flu hit .333 with seven doubles. One of Flu's singles ended up being his most important hit, though, as a two-RBI knock against Estacada on May 12 proved to be the game-winning play as the Buffs clinched third place in the Tri-Valley. Flu was also solid on defense, coming up with some important plays at shortstop during Madras' play-in round win against Elmira/Triangle Lake on May 21. The junior helped orchestrate five double plays from the middle infield this year.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School sophomore Noah Vibbert earned a spot on the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as an outfielder. Vibbert led the White Buffalos in stolen bases this past year.The final first-teamer for Madras was sophomore outfielder Noah Vibbert, who proved to be the Buffs' most dangerous base-runner this year. Vibbert finished the season with 14 stolen bases — nearly twice as many as the next-best bag thief on the team — and was caught stealing only once. He also led the team in walks while hitting .348 on the year. His biggest hit came via a walk-off RBI single on April 21 against Gladstone to cap a wild five-run comeback in the seventh inning. Vibbert also had another big moment against the Gladiators on May 9, when he stole home for what would be the game-winning run.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School junior Dru Boyle (center) made the All-Tri Valley Conference second team as an outfielder. In addition to slugging the ball and patrolling center field, Boyle was also a highly effective pitcher for the Buffs.Dru Boyle was named to the All-TVC second team, though he may have had a good case to join his teammates on the top tier. The junior center fielder led Madras in RBIs with 25, did not have a single error in the field and racked up a very impressive 0.88 ERA on the mound while pitching the second-most innings on the team. Despite a hard-swinging approach that saw Boyle rack up 11 extra-base hits, the junior also showed patience to walk 11 times compared to just seven strikeouts. Against Elmira on May 21, Boyle had a big day at the plate while pitching five shutout innings in relief to beat the Falcons.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School senior TJ Stout received an honorable mention on the All-Tri Valley Conference awards list as a pitcher. Stout displayed great command of his pitches this season.The last name on the list was senior TJ Stout, who received an honorable mention thanks mostly to his work on the mound. Stout started four games this season, including all three games against Corbett. The senior, who also saw time at first base, allowed just two total runs from the Cardinals in those three starts — all big wins for Madras — while striking out 13 and walking only three. It may be no wonder why opposing coaches liked Stout; of the Madras pitchers who threw more than one inning this year, he was the only one who managed to avoid hitting a single opposing batter with a pitch.

The White Buffalos had a few other players that were likely deserving of recognition, but that may serve as fuel for some of the younger Buffs who are coming back next year. With those younger players joining the four returning All-TVC players next season, Madras could be in for an even better year in 2023.


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