2014 All-Area Baseball Team

Braxton Boyle

Soph. pitcher • Madison

THE PLAYER: Boyle was clutch during the conference season, finishing 4-0 with a microscopic 0.67 ERA during the stretch run. He was also a threat with the stick, finishing with two homers, 17 RBIs and a .333 batting average with runners in scoring position.

ABOUT BRAXTON: “He had really good stuff, and was really smart on the bump. He didn’t give guys a lot of stuff to hit, and was a quality three pitch guy.” — Hillcrest coach Scott Barr

Kohl Hostert

Sr. pitcher • Bonneville

THE PLAYER: Hostert allowed just three earned runs over 50 innings entering the state playoffs, but was touched up for eight more earned runs in an opening-round 14-1 loss to Bishop Kelly. Still, Hostert finished with an area-best 1.40 ERA, with 71 strikeouts over 55-plus innings. The senior also hit .386 for the Bees with 24 runs and 19 RBIs over 23 games.

ABOUT KOHL: “My kids liked the challenge because you know he’s going to bring it. He’s such a tall, imposing guy, and when he was on, he was dealing.” — Skyline coach Brett Taylor

Ryker Maupin

Sr. pitcher South Fremont

THE PLAYER: With 51 innings pitched, a 6-2 record and six complete games, only Kaden Schmitt and Kohl Hostert worked more innings that Maupin this spring. When he wasn’t on the mound, he was holding down the shortstop position as well as any player in the conference.

ABOUT RYKER: “Ryker is an athletic pitcher who stands in there, works quick, hits his spot and is very confident. He’s very solid at shortstop, and he’s taken some hits away from us in the 5.5 hole.” — Shelley coach Trent Armstrong

Tyler Patterson

Sr. pitcher Hillcrest

THE PLAYER: Though he was roughed up a couple of times on the mound this past season, Patterson was a lock-down starter at No. 1 for Hillcrest coach Scott Barr. He struck out more than a batter an inning, adding 22 runs and 18 RBIs to a well-rounded resume.

ABOUT TYLER: “The growth in Patty from last year to this has been substantial, plus he’s one of my absolute favorite people. He threw the living heck out of it shutting out Bozeman (Legion) the other day.” — Bonneville coach Joldy Watts.

Kaden Schmitt

Sr. pitcher Shelley

THE PLAYER: Schmitt struck out 105 batters over 56-plus innings, hit .522 with an area-best four homers, and posted a 2.22 ERA for the state-bound Russets. More than that, he was the calm, confident senior leader every coach dreams of, said Shelley coach Trent Armstrong.

ABOUT KADEN: “He’s the best player in the league, and he’s capable of throwing a shutout every time he takes the mound, then end up winning it with his bat. He’s the guy you want with you in your foxhole.” — Teton coach David Ross

Kolton Bleggi

Sr. third baseman Teton

THE PLAYER: Bleggi led all District 6 hitters with a .558 batting average, scoring 35 runs and driving home 37 more over just 24 games for the 3A consolation champion Redskins. Bleggi also struck out 61 over 41-plus innings pitched.

ABOUT KOLTON: “That kid has no fear at the plate. He has it in his head that he is going to get a hit, and more often than not, he does.” — Shelley coach Trent Armstrong

Matt Bolingbroke

Fr. second baseman Madison

THE PLAYER: Bolingbroke exploded onto the scene like a transfer student from southern Florida, hitting .393, including .444 with runners in scoring position. He also had five saves and a 0.78 earned run average in relief, striking out 22 over 18-plus for coach Luke Mecham.

ABOUT MATT: ” He’s got a great future. He’s very athletic, and was a quality closer. It wasn’t overpowering, but he mixes pitches and kept kids off balance, especially for his age.” — Hillcrest coach Scott Barr

Andy Clements

Jr. second baseman Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: Clements was the sparkplug at the top of the order for the Tigers, hitting .410 with 10 stolen bases to give Idaho Falls fans hope moving forward following a difficult season. He also was a stone wall on defense in the middle infield for coach Pat Lloyd.

ABOUT ANDY: “He’s made huge strides, grown as a baseball player, and he’s a great leadoff guy. He’s always on base, is a smart baserunner, and consistently finds ways to disrupt things.” — Bonneville coach Joldy Watts

Tyson Craig

Sr. outfielder Bonneville

THE PLAYER: Craig pushed his batting average to .507 in his final season with the Bees, finishing with 24 runs, 11 stolen bases, 28 RBIs and a District 6 best four homers. A pure line-drive hitter and solid outfielder, he will be missed on Iona Road.

ABOUT TYSON: “Sometimes I think he’s overlooked because he doesn’t pitch, but he hits the ball harder than any player I’ve ever coached.” — Bonneville coach Joldy Watts.

Beau Crouch

Jr. Utility Hillcrest

THE PLAYER: Despite starting his season with a separated shoulder suffered going all out on a dive in the outfield, Crouch maintained his perch as one of the area’s top hitters with a .444 batting average entering the district tournament.

ABOUT BEAU: “He can hit the ball, and really is a solid center fielder. After he got over his shoulder stuff he was golden. He hits for average and power, and is a gap kind of guy.” — Skyline coach Brett Taylor

Jordan Hadley

Sr. shortstop Skyline

THE PLAYER: Hadley finished one hit shy of batting .500 on the season, finishing with team highs in hits (33), batting average (.485) and runs (31) — all while anchoring the infield with his slick shortstop skills.

ABOUT JORDAN: “Hadley is a stud. Talk about your athletes, he does it all. He’s very disciplined at the plate, doesn’t waste swings. He’s the whole deal at the plate, and he can pick it at short.” — Hillcrest coach Scott Barr

Johnny Hyland

Sr. catcher Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: Pitchers love throwing to Hyland. Between his pitch framing, pitch calling and cannon to second base, he’s a pitcher’s dream. His season .444 batting average doesn’t hurt either.

ABOUT JOHNNY: “This year its been almost impossible to keep him out of the (I.F. Bandits) lineup. He’s our most consistent hitter and he throws out everybody. That dude deserves his.” — Bonneville coach Joldy Watts

Luke Martin

Jr. outfielder Skyline

THE PLAYER: Like Schmitt, Martin had one of the great all-around baseball seasons in recent memory, hitting .479 to go along with a 1.95 ERA over 43 innings pitched. The best part for Skyline coach Brett Taylor? Martin will be back in 2015.

ABOUT LUKE: “He’s disruptive on the bases, as smooth as any outfielder you will see, and he’s that next young, special kid to come out of this area.” — Bonneville coach Joldy Watts

Brigham Wilson

Sr. shortstop Madison

THE PLAYER: Though he only hit .350 on season, Madison shortstop Brigham Wilson defined clutch hitting this past season with a .560 average with runners in scoring position. The senior also logged time on the mound for coach Luke Mecham.

ABOUT BRIGHAM: “He was probably the cog that made that group go. He was a great defensive shortstop with good range, good arm and was the captain of a stellar defense.” — Skyline coach Brett Taylor

Honorable mentions

Tyler Bean, junior, Shelley

Brandon Bialis, sophomore, Skyline

Braxton Boyle, senior, Madison

Colton Burrows, senior, Rigby

Brad Coombs, senior, Snake River

Ty Cherry, senior, Rigby

Dallas Crane, senior, Madison

Karson Hanosky, senior, Sugar-Salem

Kade Harral, senior, Snake River

Paycen Hayes, freshman, Blackfoot

Cody Johnstone, Idaho Falls

Dillon Mansanerez, senior Blackfoot

Zach Neuhaus, senior, Teton

Russell Osborne, senior, Blackfoot

Brady Pearson, Blackfoot

Jaxon Reiley, senior, Teton

Jade Rencher, senior, Hillcrest

Tanner Stenquist, senior, Hillcrest

Austin Udy, senior, Bonneville

Wyatt Volger, sophomore, Snake River