Area stars earn all-state baseball, softball honors
For area high school baseball and softball stars, the hits just keep on coming.
And some of the local standouts were rewarded with some of the biggest hits of all — all-state honors.
Players from Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin earned spots on the Class 6A All-State baseball and softball squads.
The Tualatin High School softball team, which came oh-so-close to repeating as Class 6A state champions (the Timberwolves were edged 5-4 by Sheldon in the Class 6A state title game), were well-represented on the all-state list.
Leading the way for the Wolves were senior Emily Johansen and junior Tia Ridings, who were both named to the Class 6A All-State first team.
Johansen, a first baseman/shortstop for Tualatin, was tabbed as an infielder. For the season, Johansen, who earlier was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, hit for a .566 average (43 hits in 76 at-bats), with 12 doubles, six home runs, 37 runs scored and 38 RBIs. She also drew a school-record 43 walks (many intentional), while striking out just once.
Ridings, a left-hander, was one of three pitchers to earn first-team all-state accolades. For the season, Ridings, who earlier was tabbed the Three Rivers League Pitcher of the Year, had a 20-3 won-loss pitching record for the season. She also had a 2.01 earned-run average, with 216 strikeouts and 32 walks in 146 1/3 innings pitched.
Tualatin junior Sydney Wagner was a third-team all-state selection as an outfielder, and senior second baseman Andrea Gomez was an honorable-mention pick as an infielder.
For the Tigard High School softball team, junior Lexi Klum was a second-team all-state pick as an outfielder, and freshman left-hander Makenna Reid was an honorable-mention pick as a pitcher.
Sheldon senior catcher Emma Neuman was named the Class 6A Player of the Year. Sheldon junior Camille Leach was named the Pitcher of the Year, and Sheldon's Mike Faulconer was tabbed the Coach of the Year.
On the baseball side of things, Tualatin senior Kyle Dernedde and Tigard senior C.J. Rivers were both first-team Class 6A All-State selections.
Dernedde, a shortstop for Tualatin, and the Wolves' all-time leader in base hits, was a unanimous pick as an infielder. For the season, he hit for a .440 batting average, with 40 hits in 91 at-bats. He had 10 doubles, eight triples and two home runs to go with 31 runs scored and 21 RBIs.
Rivers, the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, was a first-team pick at first base. For the season, Rivers hit for a .506 batting average, with 42 hits in 83 at-bats. He had seven doubles, four triples and seven home runs. He scored 26 runs and drove in 30.
Sherwood senior Sage Dunaway was a second-team all-state selection as an outfielder.
Tigard High School senior outfielder Fletcher Ahl and Tualatin senior pitcher Cameron Atkinson both earned honorable-mention accolades.
Central Catholic senior outfielder Christian Cooley was named the Class 6A Player of the Year. Jesuit junior Mick Abel was named the Pitcher of the Year, and Jesuit's Colin Griffin was tabbed the Coach of the Year.