2017 EV Core Philosophy
2017 BASEBALL SCHEDULE
2017 preseason overview
With so many components of last year’s state championship team back, SELAH must be considered the team to beat. But the CWAC has other programs of considerable quality, specifically in ELLENSBURG, which reached the final four last year before losing to Selah in the semifinals, and won the title in 2014. Like the Vikings, Ellensburg has the overwhelming majority of last year’s squad back. EAST VALLEY is always in the mix, as is EPHRATA, which would have been a final-four team last spring had the Tigers not run into Selah.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Four returning all-leaguers head a strong foundation for coach Jesse Benedetti at EAST VALLEY. Seniors Lucas Juarez and Ben Albrecht will be EV’s top pitchers, with Juarez having signed with Yakima Valley College and Albrecht with Big Bend. Albrecht will also play shortstop. Other key veterans include seniors Tyler Gutierrez (3B) and Nick Hagler (C), plus juniors Max Hagler (C), Shane Maybee (P-1B) and Chase Oldham (OF-P). Oldham started on the varsity as both a freshman and sophomore.
Just about all of a 20-6 ELLENSBURG team that reached the final four last spring is back for coach Todd Gibson. Xander Orejudos, a senior who started at second base and batted leadoff for Ellensburg’s 2014 state title team, is back as the No. 1 starter and top-notch infielder, and leads four returning all-leaguers. Senior Bryce Helgeson (3B-OF-P), junior Gage Gibson (2B-SS-P) and senior Blake Gibson (1B-P) join Orejudos, who’s signed with Columbia Basin College.
Joe Mora hopes his third season at GRANDVIEW will result in increased competitiveness in the powerful CWAC and possibly more victories. The Greyhounds, 2-18 last year, have six seniors, three juniors and a sophomore among their returners, and Mora is counting on contributions from a sophomore and freshman as well. Dante Hernandez (P-1B), Maurice Prieto (LF), Jalen Fonseca (RF), Francisco Gonzales (1B-P), Joey Fleming (C) and Roger Renteria (UT) are the seniors.
For Steve Schorzman at PROSSER, the first bad break came last fall when the Mustangs’ lone returning all-leaguer, junior JR Coleman (2B) blew a knee playing football and will miss the entire baseball season. Prosser, meanwhile will soldier on in its process of development behind three returning players and two promising newcomers. Seniors Luke Moritzsky (P-OF) and Colin Dragoo (C) are joined by junior Christian Campos (1B) as starters from 2016.
As the defending Class 2A state champion, will SELAH reload? Hardly. Nine players with starting experience, including six who gained all-league recognition and two who have signed NWAC letters of intent, are back to make the Vikings the clear league favorite. Key among the returnees are seniors Dac Archer (SS) and Cort Dietrich (P-1B) along with junior Waylon Pettijohn, all of whom were first-team all-league picks last year. Dietrich, who pitched Selah’s title game win over Cedarcrest, has signed with Spokane while Pettijohn is headed to Walla Walla. Then of course there’s sophomore Carter Young (3B-C), who has verbally committed to NCAA Division I power Vanderbilt. Coach Mike Archer said Dietrich and sophomores Reid Rasmussen and Payton Andreas vying for starting pitching slots.
While TOPPENISH lost nine seniors from last year’s 6-14 team, fourth-year coach Casey Sorensen was pleased to learn that Pedro Reynoso (3B-P) has been granted another year of eligibility. Reynoso will join sophomore Andy Aguilera (SS-P) among the returning starters, while junior Jaypee Donaldson and freshman David Kelley (2B) are key among the newcomers.
WAPATO has eight starters back for coach Skip Gurtler, but just one — Javier Vela (SS) is a senior. Juniors are Caleb Cordova (2B), Daylen Gasseling (1B) and Jose Acevedo (P-3B), and Enrique Olivas (OF), Alex Garcia (OF), Richie Rodriguez (P) and Robert Denunzio (3B-P) are sophomores.
VARSITY SEASON RESULTS
SEHOME @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 11, SEHOME 4: At East Valley, Lucas Juarez pitched four innings and drove in three runs as the Red Devils rolled in their season opener.
Juarez belted one of six EV doubles and Shane Maybee hit two and drove in two runs. Max Hagler, who also had a two-bagger, had three RBI.
East Valley travels to the University of Portland on Tuesday to play Olympic HS of Bremerton, and will host Prosser for a CWAC-opening doubleheader next Saturday.
Sehome 020 010 1 — 4 6 5
East Valley 220 052 x — 11 11 4
Harper, Meader (4), Manson (6) and Delisle; Juarez, Oldham (5), Maybee (7) and N. Hagler, M. Hagler (7).
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) 2b, 3 RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-4; Shane Maybee (EV) 3-4, 2 2b, 2 RBI; Noah Alexander (EV) 2-4, 2b, RBI; Max Hagler EV (2b), 3 RBI.
OLYMPIC @ EAST VALLEY
University of Portland
East Valley Can't Hold Up Against Olympic
East valley had trouble keeping up with Olympic in a 12-2 loss at Joe Etzel Field, Home of the University of Portland Pilots.
Olympic scored six runs in the fifth inning, all with two outs. Max Hagler, Shane Maybee, and Lucas Juarez each managed one hit each to lead East Valley.
Olympic 00 426— 12 10 0
East Valley 00 020— 2 3 1
Matheny, Dower (3), Turnquist (5) and Pereira; Oldham, Uriostegui (4), Juarez (5) and N. Hagler
PROSSER @ EAST VALLEY
East Valley powers past Prosser for two wins
Nick Hagler and Shane Maybee each had four RBI in the first game and Nate Uriostegui and Ben Albrecht combined for a no-hitter in the second game as East Valley swept Prosser on the opening day of the CWAC baseball season Saturday at East Valley.
Hagler went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple and starter Noah Alexander had six strikeouts with one hit over four innings as EV won the opener 15-1.
The Red Devils won the second game 14-0 with Uriostegui throwing the first four innings before Albrecht came in to pitch the fifth. Albrecht also went 3 for 4 from the plate with two RBI.
East Valley (2-0 CWAC, 3-1) will host Wapato on Saturday.
Prosser 000 01 — 1 3 5
East Valley 812 4x — 15 10 0
Moritzsky, Gurrola (1), Villareal (4) and Dragoo; Alexander, Himes (5) and Hagler.
Highlights: Nick Hagler (EV) 3-4, 4 RBI, 2 2b, 3b; Shane Maybee (EV) 2-3, 4 RBI, 2b; Noah Alexander (EV) 6 K, 1 hit.
Prosser 000 00 — 0 0 4
East Valley 112 (10)x — 14 12 1
Ashton, Moritzsky (4) and Dragoo; Uriostegui, Albrecht (5) and M. Hagler.
Highlights: Ben Albrecht (EV) 3-4, 2 2b, 2 RBI; N. Hagler 2-3; Max Hagler (EV) 2-3, 2 2b; 3 RBI; Maybee 2-3, 2 RBI.
WAPATO @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 4-0
EAST VALLEY 10-14, WAPATO 0-0: At East Valley, Chase Oldham and Ben Albrecht combined on a five-inning perfect game with seven strikeouts to close out the sweep.
Lucas Juarez and Steven Sires combined for a shutout in the opener with 10 strikeouts.
East Valley (4-0, 5-1) plays at Othello on Tuesday.
Wapato 000 00 — 0 3 2
East Valley 123 13 — 10 8 0
Rodriguez, Diaz (4) and Denunzio; Juarez, Sires (5) and M. Hagler.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez and Steven Sires (EV) 10 K, Nick Hagler (EV) 2-3, 2b; Max Hagler (EV) 3-run HR.
Wapato 000 00 — 0 0 2
East Valley 814 1x — 14 11 0
Acevedo, Gonzalez (3) and Denunzio; Oldham, Albrecht (5) and N. Hagler.
Highlights: Chase Oldham and Ben Albrecht combined for perfect game, 7 K; Oldham (EV) 2 RBI; Max Hagler (EV) 2 RBI; Austin Fulks (EV) 2 hits, 2 RBI.
EAST VALLEY @ OTHELLO
EAST VALLEY 6, OTHELLO 4: At Othello, Lucas Juarez threw a two-hitter and had 11 strikeouts as the first-place Red Devils defeated the Huskies.
Max Hagler was 2-3 with three RBI and Chase Oldham homered for East Valley (5-0 league, 6-1 overall), which travels to Toppenish on Saturday.
East Valley 201 120 0 — 6 7 3
Othello 000 220 0 — 4 2 2
Juarez and Hagler; Pruneda, Garza (5) and Carreno.
East Valley highlights: Lucas Juarez 11 K; Max Hagler 2-3, 3 RBI; Chase Oldham HR.
WF West (Chehalis)
EAST VALLEY @ TOPPENISH
EAST VALLEY 7-0
EAST VALLEY 15-14, TOPPENISH 1-0: At Toppenish, the Red Devils improved to 7-0 in league and 8-1 overall.
East Valley collected 13 hits in the opener with Lucas Juarez and Nick Hagler each getting three. Max Hagler, Chase Oldham, Tyler Gutierrez, and Shane Maybee each drove in two runs.
In the second game Steven Sires and Nate Uriostegui combined for a no-hitter, striking out six in five innings of work. Juarez and Oldham each collected three hits with Zach Himes and Wyatt Bronkhorst each knocking in a pair of runs.
East Valley 870 00 — 15 13 1
Toppenish 100 00 — 1 2 5
Oldham, Albrecht (4) and Nick Hagler; Reynoso and Donaldson.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez 3-3 2 RBI, Chase Oldham 1-2 2 RBI, Shane Maybee 1- 2 RBI, Nick Hagler 3-4 RBI, Max Hagler 2B 2 RBI, Tyler Gutierrez 1-2 2 RBI.
East Valley 050 54 — 14 13 0
Toppenish 000 00 — 0 0 3
Sires, Uriostegui (4) and Max Hagler; Aguilera and Donaldson.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez 3-4 2B RBI, Chase Oldham 3-4 2 2B 3 RBI, Zach Himes 3B 2 RBI, Wyatt Bronkhorst 2 RBI.
EAST VALLEY, YAKIMA
QUINCY @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 1-10, QUINCY 0-4: At East Valley, Lucas Juarez threw eight strikeouts and allowed three hits in the first game and Shane Maybee went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI in the second game as East Valley swept Quincy 1-0 and 10-4 in their CWAC league doubleheader.
Chase Oldham batted in the winning run in the first game and went 3 for 4 and had a RBI in the second game for East Valley (10-1), which hosts Othello on Tuesday.
Quincy 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
East Valley 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
Tobin, Schutzmann (7), and Kehl; Juarez, and Max Hagler.
Highlights: Doug Tobin (Q) 8 K, double; Lucas Juarez (EV) 8 K; Chase Oldham (EV) RBI.
Quincy 102 010 0 — 4 4 2
East Valley 310 033 x — 10 8 3
Schutzmann, Kehl (4), and Workinger; Oldham, Uriostegui (4), Sires (7), and Nick Hagler.
Highlights: Chase Oldham 3-4, RBI; Shane Maybee 2-3, double, 3 RBI.
EAST VALLEY 9-0
OTHELLO @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 17, OTHELLO 7: At East Valley, Steven Sires went 2 for 2 with a double, a grand slam and five RBI to help the Red Devils remain unbeaten in league.
Shane Maybee had a double and three RBI and Zach Himes went 2 for 4 with two RBI for East Valley (10-0 CWAC), which plays a doubleheader at Selah on Saturday.
Othello 022 030 — 7 8 3
East Valley 303 371 — 17 12 0
Garza, Gomez (4), Martinez (5), Pruneda (5) and Carreno; Oldham, Sires (5) and N. Hagler.
East Valley highlights: Steven Sires 2-2, 2b, GS, 5 RBI; Shane Maybee 2b, 3 RBI; Zach Himes 2-4, 2 RBI; Ben Albrecht 2-3, RBI; Chase Oldham 2-3.
EAST VALLEY @ SELAH
EAST VALLEY 10-2
Selah baseball sweeps EV
moves into tie atop CWAC with Ellensburg
SELAH — The pitch was low and outside, meaning Mitchell Wold would have been foolish to swing at it. So he didn’t.
But with Carter Chapman sprinting toward home plate on a suicide squeeze, Wold somehow extended his bat far enough and softly enough to drop a bunt down the third-base line to score the final tally of a four-run third inning for Selah, on a play which in many respects typified the Vikings’ performance in Saturday night’s 7-5, 8-3 sweep of East Valley in a CWAC doubleheader at Carlon Park.
The victories vaulted Selah past the Red Devils and into a first-place tie with Ellensburg at 11-1, while EV slipped to third at 10-2. The Viks are 12-2 overall and East Valley is 11-3.
East Valley will travel to Ellensburg for a doubleheader on April 29, the last day of regular-season play.
Wold, Selah’s No. 9 hitter, added another suicide squeeze in the fifth, and leadoff man Mitchell Belton followed with yet another.
So the Vikings were 3 for 3 on such plays, did not commit an error in either game and left coach Mike Archer — a longtime proponent of what’s known as small ball — beaming.
“Those were absolutely huge wins for us,” Archer said. “You look at our league, and these were games we needed very badly. We try to utilize the short game to speed things up and make it tougher on our opponents. Shoot, East Valley’s good. They’ve got (senior pitcher-second baseman Lucas) Juarez, they’re coached up and they’re just plain tough.
“But when you score three runs on plays like that, it can be very demoralizing to the other team.”
So can strong pitching, which Selah got from sophomore left-hander Reid Rasmussen.
After senior ace Cort Dietrich went the distance in the first game despite yielding 12 hits, Rasmussen weathered a shaky third inning and finished with 10 strikeouts before yielding to Carter Young in the seventh because Rasmussen had reached his pitch limit.
“I thought Reid showed a lot of composure when he had a little bit of a rough inning,” Archer said. “He settled down and gave us what we needed.”
The Red Devils scored twice in the third for a 2-1 advantage, their first lead of the night.
One-out singles by Tyler Gutierrez and Nate Morrow were followed by Ben Albrecht’s run-scoring base hit to center, and Morrow later scored on a wild pitch. Rasmussen then walked successive hitters, prompting a visit from pitching coach Rob Archer, after which he got a strikeout to end the inning.
Selah then batted around in the bottom of the frame, with Waylon Pettijohn and Riley Quincy driving in runs before Wold’s first squeeze. Two EV errors, combined with Devon Garner’s RBI triple and squeezes by Wold and Belton, concluded the Viks scoring in the fifth.
On the evening, the Red Devils committed seven errors. They also threw five wild pitches and yielded two passed balls to go with one balk.
Still, coach Jesse Benedetti’s club was within 4-2 in the fifth inning of the first game before Selah got a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Dietrich, then scored twice in a sixth inning marred by three EV errors.
Tyler Gutierrez was a combined 5 for 6 for the Devils and Ben Albrecht went had two hits in each game.
East Valley continues league play Tuesday with a single game at Ephrata while the Vikings host Grandview, also for one game.
East Valley 001 010 3 — 5 12 4
Selah 220 012 x — 7 8 0
Juarez and M. Hagler; Dietrich and Young.
Highlights: Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-4; Lucas Juarez (EV) 2-3, 2 RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 2 RBI; Max Hagler (EV) 2-4; Zach Himes (EV) RBI; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 2-3; Mitchell Belton (S) 2-4; Dac Archer (S) RBI; Cort Dietrich (S) 1-2, RBI.
East Valley 002 000 1 — 3 8 3
Selah 104 030 x — 8 9 0
Oldham, Sires (3) and N. Hagler; Rasmussen, Young (7) and Quincy.
Highlights: Albrecht (EV) 2-4, RBI; Juarez (EV) RBI; Gutierrez (EV) 3-3, 2 runs; Belton (S) RBI; Carter Young (S) 2-4; Dietrich (S) RBI; Waylon Pettijohn (S) 2-4, RBI; Carter Chapman (S) 2-3; Riley Quincy (S) RBI; Devon Garner (S) 2-3, 3b, RBI; Mitchell Wold (S) 2-3, 2 RBI.
EAST VALLEY @ EPHRATA
EAST VALLEY 5, EPHRATA 2: At Ephrata, Ben Albrecht had two RBI and Max Hagler hit a home run to spark the Red Devils.
East Valley (11-2 league, 12-3 overall) hosts Grandview on Saturday.
East Valley 121 001 0 — 5 8 1
Ephrata 001 000 1 — 2 5 3
Oldham, and N. Hagler; Falstead, Louie (4), and Etter.
East Valley highlights: Ben Albrecht 1-3, 2 RBI; Shane Maybee 1-3, 2b, RBI; Max Hagler 1-3, HR.
GRANDVIEW @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 13-2
EAST VALLEY 9-19, GRANDVIEW 3-0: At East Valley, Noah Alexander was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI in game one and Max Hagler was 3 for 4 with four RBI in game two for the Red Devils.
East Valley (13-2 league, 14-3 overall) hosts Ephrata on Tuesday.
Grandview 000 003 0 — 3 5 3
East Valley 134 010 x — 9 15 1
Hernandez, Dion (6), and Tobin; Juarez, Albrecht (4), Himes (7), and Hagler.
East Valley highlights: Ben Albrecht 3-4, 2b, 2 RBI; Noah Alexander 3-4, 2b, 3 RBI; Tyler Gutierrez 2-4; Nathan Morrow 2-3, 2b, RBI.
Grandview 000 00 — 0 1 3
East Valley 4(10)0 5x — 19 18 2
Graf, Enriquez (4), and Renteria; Oldham, Uriostegui (4), and Hagler.
East Valley highlights: Albrecht 2-5, 3 RBI; Chase Oldham 2-2, 2b, RBI; Lucas Juarez 2-5; Max Hagler 3-4, 4 RBI; Zach Himes 2-3, 2b, 3 RBI; Nate Uriostegui 3-4, 2 RBI.
EPHRATA @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 8, EPHRATA 5: At East Valley, Max Hagler was 2 for 3 with a double, home run and two RBI as the Red Devils defeated Ephrata 8-5 in a CWAC league game on Tuesday.
Shane Maybee added a double and two RBI for East Valley (15-3 overall, 14-2 league), which travels to Ellensburg on Saturday.
Ephrata 101 020 1 — 5 8 1
East Valley 020 240 x — 8 9 1
Louie, Richardson (5), Falstead (6) and Etter; Juarez, Sires (7) and N. Hagler.
Highlights: Cole Spencer (Eph) 2-3; Zac Berryman (Eph) 3-4, 2b, RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-4, 2 2b, 2 RBI; Shane Maybee (EV) 2-2, 2b, 2 RBI; Max Hagler (EV) 2-3, 2b, HR, 2 RBI.
EAST VALLEY @ E-BURG
East Valley's Juarez stymies Ellensburg
in CWAC split
Bulldogs bounced back in the second game to secure
league's No. 2 district seed
ELLENSBURG — East Valley’s ace bested a top-ranked team, Ellensburg scratched out a hard-fought split and Selah captured an outright league title.
It was a busy day in CWAC baseball on Saturday.
Lucas Juarez led EV to a 9-1 victory over No. 1 Ellensburg in the first game of their doubleheader at Rotary Park, ending the Bulldogs’ win streak at 12, but EHS battled for a 4-3 triumph behind Xander Orejudos’ effort in the second game as the regular season wrapped up.
The split allowed third-ranked Selah, which swept Othello, to capture the CWAC title at 17-1 while Ellensburg settled for second place at 16-2. Both teams advance to the district semifinals and will host those games on Saturday.
East Valley finished 15-3 with the No. 3 district seed and will host No. 6 Quincy in a first-round, loser-out game on Wednesday.
“East Valley came to play, and we had two tough teams going at it,” said Ellensburg coach Todd Gibson. “We had to grind out that second one and we’re fortunate to get a split.”
Orejudos threw 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks and exited in the seventh when Juarez’s RBI double pulled EV within 4-3 with one out. Sophomore Tyler Polacek came in, and after an intentional walk, and ended the bases-loaded threat with a strikeout and groundout.
Orejudos was also 2 for 2 with two runs scored in the second game, and teammate Gage Gibson had two RBI.
In the opener, Juarez also worked 61/3 innings when he reached his pitch count and he finished with nine strikeouts and no walks. The Red Devils pulled away with a four-run fourth inning.
EV collected 13 hits and Chase Oldham led the way, going 3 for 5 with three doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.
Ben Albrecht and Nick Hagler both had two hits and two runs scored, and Tyler Gutierrez also had two hits.
Ephrata and Quincy split on Saturday, leaving Ephrata and Othello tied for fourth at 10-8. Based on a number draw, Ephrata will host Othello in Wednesday’s other first-round, loser-out district game.
East Valley 021 400 2 — 9 13 1
Ellensburg 100 000 0 — 1 4 1
Juarez, Sires (7) and N. Hagler; Wing, Brady Helgeson (4), H. Gibson (7) and Moffat, Bugni (7).
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 9 K, 0 BB; Chase Oldham (EV) 3-5, 3 2b, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Nick Hagler (EV) 2-3, 2 runs, 2b; Max Hagler (EV) 1-2, 2b, run, 2 RBI; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 2-4, run; Xander Orejudos (E) 1-3, RBI; Tyler Polacek (E) 1-3, run.
East Valley 010 010 1 — 3 8 0
Ellensburg 112 000 x — 4 5 1
Oldham, Sires (4), Himes (5) and N. Hagler; Orejudos, Polacek (7) and Bugni.
Highlights: Xander Orejudos (E) 6.1 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 2-2, 2 runs; Jadon Bugni (E) 2-3, 2b, run, RBI; Gage Gibson (E) 1-2, run, 2 RBI; Riley Seed (E) RBI; Nathan Morrow (EV) 2-3, run; Juarez (EV) 1-3, 2b, RBI; Oldham (EV) 1-3, RBI; Max Hagler (EV) 1-3, 2b, RBI.
CWAC final STANDINGS
EAST VALLEY15-3, 16-4
EPHRATA 10-8, 12-8
Arch Bishop Murphy
QUIINCY @ EAST VALLEY
Quincy Ousts EV 1-0
Doug Tobin pitched a complete game with five strikeouts and survived several scoring threats to lift Quincy to a 1-0 victory over East Valley in the first round of the CWAC district tournament.
Lucas Juarez matched Tobin’s four-hitter and fanned eight. Nick Hagler and Nate Morrow both had doubles for the third-seeded Red Devils, who finished their season at 16-5.
Quincy (10-11) advances to the district semifinals and will play at Ellensburg (17-2) on Saturday.
In Saturday’s other semifinal, Selah (18-2) will host Othello (13-8), a 3-1 winner over Ephrata.
Quincy 000 100 0 — 1 4 0
East Valley 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Tobin and Kehl; Juarez and N. Hagler.
Highlights: Doug Tobin (Q) 5 K, 2-3; Lucas Juarez (EV) 8 K, 4-hitter; Max Hagler (EV) 2-3; Nick Hagler (EV) 2b; Nate Morrow (EV) 2b