Wolverines honored by Northern 3A
Northern 3A coaches voted six Truckee High baseball players to the 2008 All-League team.
Seniors Keven Sahlberg and Pablo Esquivel and junior Justin Vosburgh earned first team All-league recognition. Junior Kevin Decker and sophomore Maclane Brady made second team and senior Trevor Allen honorable mention.
Scott Gilligan of Spring Creek was voted Coach of the Year and Cory Yoder of Dayton Most Valuable Player.
– Keven Sahlberg: An all-around athlete with speed and a strong arm, Sahlberg led the Wolverines during the regular season with a .397 average and .500 on-base percentage. In 73 at-bats, the senior cleanup hitter had eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 20 RBIs while posting a .658 slugging percentage ” a team-high. He also led the team with 34 stolen bases on 34 attempts and tied for the team lead with 30 runs scored. From the mound, Sahlberg led the league with 64 strikeouts in 44 innings to compliment his 1.43 ERA and 6-0 record. He went 1-1 in the postseason to finish at 7-1 overall. Truckee coach Mike Ellis said Sahlberg, who also played shortstop, was the clear choice for team MVP.
– Pablo Esquivel: Athletic and speedy on the basepaths, Truckee’s leadoff hitter stole 28 bases on 30 attempts during the regular season and ran nearly at will during playoffs. Esquivel hit .384 for the team’s third-highest average. The senior tied Sahlberg with 30 runs scored while hitting eight doubles and a homer and driving in 23 runs. Esquivel took advantage of his wheels in center field to track down fly balls and always put pressure on opposing defenses with aggressive baserunning. Ellis said Esquivel is a “great ballplayer” who has the potential to play at the next level.
– Justin Vosburgh: Vosburgh, Truckee’s No. 2 pitcher and shortstop, settled into a groove midway through the season to finish at 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 34 innings. Hitting third in the order, Vosburgh posted a .393 average ” second highest on the team ” while scoring 28 runs and driving home 25, a team high. He also had a team-leading 10 doubles and was the Wolverines’ most consistent bunter, Ellis said. Vosburgh stole 29 bases on 32 attempts during the regular season.
– Kevin Decker: Relying on keen baserunning instincts over sheer speed, Decker was a perfect 30-for-30 in the stolen base department. Ellis said the junior is the smartest runner he’s seen “in a long time,” and that nobody in the league gets a better jump on pitchers. As far as Decker’s skills behind the plate, the catcher is about as close to a human wall as it gets, smothering balls in the dirt and giving his pitchers confidence to break off curveballs in front of the plate with runners in scoring position. Decker also has some pop in his bat, hitting three home runs, four doubles and three triples while drawing a team-leading 16 walks.
– Maclane Brady: A second-year varsity player as a sophomore, Brady’s main strength is his “cannon” of an arm, Ellis said, adding that he hopes to have the youngster throwing 90-plus mph by his senior year. Brady, who played third base and outfield when not pitching, went 3-2 on the mound with a 4.10 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
– Trevor Allen: Another speedy ballplayer, Allen stole 12 bases in 13 attempts and finished the regular season with a .333 average. The senior second baseman and outfielder could always be counted on to lay down a bunt, and his coach often called for it with runners on base. He also has some power. In Truckee’s first-round playoff series against Sparks, Allen crushed a pitch over the left field fence to add a key insurance run.
Coach of the Year: Scott Gilligan-Spring Creek
MVP: Cory Yoder-Dayton
Jake Moser-Spring Creek
David Kimble-Spring Creek
Zack Smith-Spring Creek
Kamas Wing-Spring Creek
Francisco Ortiz-Spring Creek
Brett Pickett-Spring Creek
Conor CdeBaca-Spring Creek
Kasey Basso-Spring Creek
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