Sports Briefs, May 17, 2017
Palisade cleans up in WSL awards
Palisade’s Aaron Howard was selected as coach of the year, John Taber was a co-pitcher of the year and several Bulldogs were honored when the Class 4A Western Slope League baseball awards were released Wednesday.
Taber, along with fellow pitcher Max Noland, outfielder Isaac Maestas, third baseman Brett Wagner and shortstop Stevie Reynolds were first-team selections. Outfielder Austin Bernal and catcher/outfielder Nate Woll were honorable-mention selections.
For Rifle, pitcher Takoda Chaney, catcher Gabe Marbas and first baseman Bryer Rew were picked for the first team. Middle infielders Derek Wagler and Drake Montgomery were honorable-mention selections.
Four teams in the 4A WSL — Palisade, Rifle, Eagle Valley and Summit — qualified for the postseason, but each lost in the first round of district play.
Summit pitcher Andrew Shaw shared pitcher of the year honors with Taber and Eagle Valley’s Garrett Martin was the player of the year.
Mavericks’ AnnMarie Torres finalist for national freshman of year honor
Colorado Mesa first baseman AnnMarie Torres is a finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association freshman of the year honor.
Torres, from Wheat Ridge, hit .412 this season with 21 doubles, tied for fifth in the nation, nine home runs and 58 RBI. She scored 45 runs, and ranked second on the team in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage (.789) and RBI.
The RMAC freshman of the year, who had a team-best .494 on-base percentage, is one of eight finalists for the award, with the winner announced May 24 at the NCAA Division II softball championship banquet.