Both the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball and softball teams held their banquets for the 2014 season on Thursday as both senior laden teams were stacked with all-league honors.
BHHS head coach Keith Wallin's baseball team was stacked with returning talent and it showed as the Bruins finished second in a competitive Far West League that saw five of the seven teams finish with at least nine league wins.
The Bruins efforts were noticed by Far West head coaches, as they voted six players to all-league honors with three Bruins garnering 4A all-state mentions.
"We wanted these guys to make a statement," said Wallin about his senior leadership. "These guys definitely did that."
Three BHHS baseballers won second team all Far West League honors. Infielder Alec McBride won for utility players, Ronnie Manley won second team outfield honors, and Chandler Dodd claimed a second team pitcher award.
Three more Bruins won first team all league honors. Shortstop Justin Murray was recognized as a first team infielder (finished fourth in INF voting), Wyatt Aldrich was deemed a first team selection as a pitcher (second in P voting), and Izak Ehlers won top honors in the "Best of the Rest" category, which rewards players for not only playing their position, but also playing other positions including pitcher. When he wasn't catching nearly every inning for the Bruins, Ehlers also pitched in relief, played some infield, and led the Bruins in nearly every offensive category.
Aldrich, Ehlers and Murray were also selected as honorable mentions for the section 4A all-state team for their stellar seasons.
Lady Bruin Softball
A proud and emotional Lady Bruins head coach Steve Bonde had to choke back the tears several times as he honored his BHHS softball team during the team's season ending banquet.
Bonde praised his team, saying his players, "made my job easy and by far this is the easiest team I've ever had to coach."
He went on to state that at 19-7, the 2014 BHHS softball team was the best team he's had in nine years and offered the praise his team would receive from opposing coaches.
"We received so many compliments, no matter where we went, about how we constantly talked and picked each other up and kept each other in the game," said Bonde. "I'm very thankful for that."
The other coaches noticed the team's efforts as well, as six Lady Bruins received all league honors, four on the second team and two on the first team.
Courtney Kay won second team as a utility player, Hannah Barron was voted second team shortstop, Megan Strain won as a second team third baseman, and Alaura Marrington was awarded second team catcher honors.
First team honors went to pitcher Hannah Goergen for the second year in a row, and to Mariahn Seavello, the team's leading hitter, at second base.
Bonde also handed out several team awards to his senior-heavy squad. As voted on by his players, the Most Inspirational Player award went to pitcher Hannah Goergen, Most Improved Player went to Samantha Henry, and catcher Alaura Marrington was awarded Most Valuable Player for her fantastic season behind the plate.
Kay won the Gold Glove award for her .984 fielding percentage and committing just two errors in 125 chances. Seavello won the Batting Award for her team-leading .500 average and not striking out once this season.
"I can't think of anybody that's played here that's ever done that," said Bonde of his second baseman's ability to avoid the strikeout.
Finally, Bonde presented the Coach's Choice Award to centerfielder Kaitlin Saphiloff, who he said, "showed up to play this year," and, "made me proud."