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2018 Post Register All-Area Baseball team

* – Player of the Year finalist

First team

Tanner Clayton*

Senior pitcher, Rigby

THE PLAYER: With a 2.37 ERA, two complete games and one no hitter in his final season, Clayton commanded the strike zone and kept opposing bats honest with high velocity pitching.

Clayton finished 3-3 on the mound and batted .344 at the plate, per the Trojans’ MaxPreps account.

“I’ve known Tanner since he was eight years old. Tanner has always been a big kid, and he really took a step forward this season. His command was way better. He pitched at a higher velocity. That kid could pitch at the collegiate level.” — Bonneville coach, Ryan Alexander

Payson Mills

Senior pitcher, Blackfoot

THE PLAYER: The Broncos’ ace, Mills went 6-4 on the mound with an ERA of 2.87. Respected by local coaches for remaining on the mound deep into games, Blackfoot coach Liam Pope commended Mills’ ability to attack the strike zone late in games.

“Just a bulldog mentality for him. You see him for the second time and he just keeps coming right at you, from a pitching perspective” — Blackfoot coach, Liam Pope

Peyton Whitaker

Senior pitcher, Shelley

THE PLAYER: A Post Register All-Area first teamer for the second year in a row, Whitaker’s command was highlighted by his “deceptive off speed (stuff),” Blackfoot coach Liam Pope said.

The lefty went 6-0 on the mound, per MaxPreps, with a 2.87 ERA. He had 12 strikeouts in five innings pitched against Firth early in the season.

“I love that kid, kicky son of a gun, gritty. Not gonna give up anything on yeah. Not the prettiest throw. Deceptive off speed stuff.” — Blackfoot coach, Liam Pope

Logan Ferguson

Senior pitcher, Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: A key component to the Tigers’ rotation, Ferguson helped the Tigers to their second consecutive 4A District 5-6 title by going 6-1 on the mound with a 2.20 ERA.

Recently signed to Iowa Lakes to play baseball, Ferguson’s curveballs were called “dangerous” by Blackfoot coach Liam Pope.

Skyline’s Austin Charboneau pitches as Idaho Falls High School takes on Skyline at Melaleuca Field on Thursday, April 19, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

“From a coaching standpoint, I don’t think we’re as successful as we are were in the last two seasons if it wasn’t for Logan,” — Idaho Falls coach Pat Lloyd on May 24.

Tavyn Lords

Sophomore catcher, Bonneville

THE PLAYER: Bonneville’s main catcher, Lords was a hitting machine for the Bees. He batted .465 with 40 hits, 31 RBIs, five doubles and eight triples. Lords helped Bonneville to a 24-6 record and the Bees’ first state title game appearance since 2013.

His batting average was second on the team behind Caden Christensen.

“He was able to catch Randon’s stuff, which is very good stuff. He’s an athletic kid.” — Bonneville coach, Ryan Alexander

Andrew Gregersen*

Junior utility player, Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: A triple threat baseball player, Gregersen made his presence known anywhere on the field this past spring.

He batted .422 (35 hits in 83 at-bats) with 25 RBIs, eight doubles, three triples and three home runs. On the mound, he went 2-1 with a 0.97 ERA. Defensively, he made one error in 27 games, according to MaxPreps.

He also stole 13 bases — a team high.

“You can put him in any place, and he’ll be successful.” — Idaho Falls coach Pat Lloyd

Jaxon Weatherly

Senior DH, Hillcrest

THE PLAYER: Already signed to Salt Lake Community College to play baseball, Weatherly finished out his senior season batting a .433 in 21 games. Weatherly finished with 26 RBIs, nine doubles, four triples and a home run.

He finished with a .944 fielding percentage and eight stolen bases.

“From what I’ve seen, he can hit. I know the can kid absolutely smash (a baseball).” — Idaho Falls coach, Pat Lloyd

Cannon Thompson

Junior infielder, Idaho Falls 

Idaho Falls’s Andrew Gregersen pitches as Idaho Falls High School takes on Skyline at Melaleuca Field on Thursday, April 19, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

THE PLAYER: One of Idaho Falls’ clutch hitters — Thompson usually batted in the heart of the lineup — Thompson helped the Tigers go 21-8 this past spring.

Thompson batted .366 (34-93) with 14 doubles and one triple, and he anchored the Tigers defensively at the shortstop position. He finished second in hits for the Tigers, behind only Andrew Gregersen.

“Great kid. I like him a lot. I think he’s a good athlete. I saw him made some play that were huge for us. He can absolutely hit a ball.” — Idaho Falls coach, Pat Lloyd

Cruz Taylor

Sophomore infielder, Skyline

THE PLAYER: Highly regarded as the best shortstop in District 6, Taylor helped the Grizzlies as the team’s leadoff hitter and solid defensive play.

Cruz batted .389 (21-54) with 11 RBIs and four doubles. He finished with seven steals and a .912 fielding percentage.

The Grizzlies went 13-11 this previous spring.

“Best shortstop in the area. You’ll hit balls that hit off the bat like lighting and he just attacks them. Jaw dropping.” — Blackfoot coach, Liam Pope

Kyler Yancey

Sophomore infielder, South Fremont

THE PLAYER: A member of the Cougars’ 24-4 squad this previous spring, Yancey (alongside his brother, Reece, and Alonzo Gonzalez) helped dominate at the 3A level. Kyler batted a .506 at the plate with 18 doubles and one triple, per the team’s MaxPreps account.

Kyler also finished with 20 stolen bases and 5-1 on the mound, as the Cougars batted in 277 total runs this past spring.

Caden Christensen

Junior infielder, Bonneville

THE PLAYER: A key member of the Bees’ 5A state championship run, Christensen batted .478 (44-92) with 29 RBIs. Highly touted by coaches for his player at third base, pitcher and shortstop, Christensen led the Bees in hits (44). He also proved reliable on the mound, finished 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA. He recorded one save, per the team’s MaxPreps account.

Christensen recently received first team honors at the infield position by High Country Conference coaches.

The junior is one of 14 non-seniors expected to return next year for Bonneville.

Dillon Lenon

Senior outfielder, Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: A major player in the Tigers’ 4A District 5-6 championship team, Lenon was known for his soft hands in the outfield. He batted .360 in an offensive Tigers’ team, tallying 21 RBIs, three doubles, two triples and a home run in 28 games.

Lenon also made an impressive, over-the-shoulder diving catch in the 4A state opening round against Minico.

“He’s probably one of our hardest workers. He really put forth the effort in his craft outside of the baseball season. He works his tail off. The catch at the 4A state tournament was one of the better catches I’ve seen.” — Idaho Falls coach, Pat Lloyd

Easton Taylor

Junior outfielder, Skyline

THE PLAYER: The second time earning Post Register All-Area first team honors, Taylor batted a .296 for the Grizzlies while also finishing the season with a .926 fielding percentage. Was known for staying alive late into counts and for his speed.

Caden Christensen rounds second as Bonneville High School takes on Hillcrest High on Friday, March 30, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

“Another great kid. I’ve known him for years. He can extend and stay alive at the bat. He’s aggressive on the bases. Just knows how to get bunts down and has the speed to leg everything out.” — Idaho Falls coach, Pat Lloyd

Caleb Wilson

Senior outfielder, Blackfoot

THE PLAYER: A member of the Broncos’ stout defense this previous spring, Wilson helped Blackfoot’s top-rated 4A defense by garnering a .949 fielding percentage in 30 games played.

Was a member of a Blackfoot team that surrendered 124 runs in 30 games.

“He’s been playing in the outfield since his sophomore year. And when he gets on base he makes it count. He’s quick and covers a lot of field.” — Blackfoot coach, Liam Pope

Second team

P – Mason Jacobsen, Skyline, Sr.

P – Bruer Webster, Bonneville, Jr.

P – Jace Hanson, Hillcrest

P – Nate Rose, Idaho Falls, Fr.

C – Emerson Stucki, Blackfoot, Sr.

IF – Joseph Maddox, Blackfoot. Sr.

IF – McGwire Jephson, Rigby, So.

IF – Alonzo Gonzalez, South Fremont, Sr.

IF – Alex Cortez, Hillcrest, Sr.

OF – Anthony Bleggi, Teton, Sr.

OF – Dustin Parkinson, Skyline, Sr.

OF – Keegan Zundel, Rigby, Sr.

OF – Andrew Olaveson, Bonneville, Sr.

UTIL – Reece Yancey, South Fremont, Sr.

Honorable mentions

Garrett Millick, Challis-Mackay, Jr.; Jordan Porter, Madison, Jr.; Moki Jensen, Madison, Sr.; Jaxon Sorensen, Idaho Falls, Fr.; Brody Owens, Skyline, Jr.; Carson Crapo, South Fremont, Sr.; Jordan Perez, Bonneville, Jr.; Caleb Norman, Sugar-Salem, Jr.; Sr.; Cayden Cornell, Blackfoot, Jr.; Tom Roybal, Bonneville, Sr.; Koby Sorenson, Hillcrest; Dylan Virgil, Bonneville, So.; Ben Park, Firth, Jr.; Paul Wilson, Idaho Falls, Jr.; Braxton Ball, Idaho Falls, Jr.; Curtis Drake, Sugar-Salem, Jr.; Talon Maupin, South Fremont, So.; Coleby Hess, Teton, Sr.; Austin Charboneau, Skyline, Sr.; Jaden Schwab, Madison, Jr.; Brandon McBride, Shelley, Jr

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