All-Sierra Nevada Baseball Team
Cory Yoder, Dayotn ” The Northern and State 3A Player of the Year had a monster season. On the mound he went 9-2 with a 1.44 earned run average and finished with 77 strikeouts. He also hit .538 with three home runs, 38 RBI, an .897 slugging percentage and a .631 on base percentage. His only regular season loss came to eventual state runner-up Spring Creek. Yoder also pitched valiantly, going the distance in a nine-inning 3-2 loss to eventual state champion Virgin Valley. He also picked up a save in Dayton’s 3-2 win over Truckee in the state tournament.
Otto Trebotich, South Tahoe: Trebotich made it 2 for 2 by being selected to the Sierra League first team for the second straight season. The sophomore shortstop/pitcher led the league with a .500 batting average.
“He’s got great baseball instincts, has very good character and really doesn’t let anything rattle him. If it does, he’ll use that as a weapon,” said Vikings’ fourth-year skipper Matt Tillson. “As long as he keeps working hard, the sky is the limit for him as a ballplayer.”
Gary Prescott, South Tahoe: The Vikings’ junior catcher was chosen to the Sierra League second team. He led the league in hitting for much of the season and finished with a .478 average.
Brett Valley, Carson: He was fifth in the league in hitting and was named to the all-league first team. Valley hit .391 with 22 RBI and 33 runs scored.
Paul Cagle, Carson: Named to the all-league first team, Cagle hit .505 overall for the season (49-for-97) with six home runs, 16 doubles, 43 RBI and 29 runs.
Kyle Stone, Carson: Named to the all-league first team, Stone hit .427 with two home runs, four triples, 13 doubles, 30 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Markus Adams, Carson: Was only an honorable mention selection, but led the league in hits and was fourth in the league in hitting. He hit .423 with 20 RBI and 37 runs scored.
Rob Valerius, Carson: Named to the all-league first team, Valerius hit .372 with one homer, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 24 RBI and 27 runs. On the mound, Valerius went 4-1 with four complete games with 43 strikeouts and 16 walks in 38 innings. He had a 3.11 earned run average and held opponents to a .215 batting average.
Jordan Hadlock, Douglas: The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Jordan Hadlock was the Sierra League Player of the Year. He was arguably the best defensive catcher in the state and drove in 35 runs from the leadoff position with nine home runs, 11 doubles and three triples.
Tanner Thomas, Douglas: The Tigers’ right fielder had six doubles, five triples, three home runs and 23 RBIs on the year. He was a first-team All-Sierra League honoree.
Tyler Hoelzen, Douglas: Named to the all-league first team, Hoelzen shifted into the ace role for Douglas after an injury sidelined Tyler May. The lefty went 8-2 on the year with 60 strikeouts in 10 appearances. He also had crucial league wins against Damonte and Reno during the season.
Troy Torres, Douglas: Made the all-league first team as a designated hitter. Torres improved as the year progressed. He quietly finished as the team’s No. 3 run producer with 25 RBI despite not having a starting spot at the beginning of the year.
Jacob Anderson, Galena: The University of Nevada-bound Anderson was the High Desert League’s Pitcher of the Year.
Pete Lazzari, Galena: Named to the all-league first team.
Scott Underwood, Galena: Named to the all-league first team.
Eric Underwood, Galena: Named to the all-league first team.
Jake Hess, Galena: Even though he had a monster season, was just named to the all-league second team. He hit .433 with eight home runs, 45 RBI, 10 doubles, 1 triple and 48 runs scored.
Keven Sahlberg, Truckee: 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.
Justin Vosburgh, Truckee: 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.
Pablo Esquivel, Truckee: 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.
Sean Bernardo, North Tahoe: The Lakers’ ace pitcher, Bernardo led the team with a 1.76 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings. The senior often dominated opposing hitters with pinpoint control and a large repertoire of pitches, including a fastball, change, curve, slider and an occasional knuckleball. Laid back off the field, Bernardo is a tough competitor who is all business on the mound or behind the plate ” his position when not pitching. He’s currently mulling over college options and is still receiving calls and text messages from collegiate coaches. Offensively, Bernardo was as dangerous as they come in the cleanup slot. Finishing with a .425 average, he led the team with 27 RBIs and 12 doubles. Bernardo is playing this summer with the Reno Muckdogs.
Taylor Good, North Tahoe: Equally competent in the field and at the plate, Good tied with Zack Tomlinson for the team’s highest batting average (.441). A natural outfielder with ample speed to track down fly balls, the left-hander played a solid first base this past season because of the Lakers’ defensive needs. The senior hit third in the order and struck out just six times while scoring 22 runs and accumulating 18 RBIs, six doubles, two triples and a home run on 26 hits. He’s playing with Bernardo and the Reno Muckdogs this summer and is looking to play college ball.
Honorable mention: Derek Holmgren, South Tahoe; Kevin Yelles, South Tahoe; Ivan Trebotich, South Tahoe; Matt Marsh, South Tahoe; Carter Amaral, Whittell; Drew Good, Carson; Tyler May, Douglas; Ryan Ransdell, Dayton; Kevin Decker, Truckee; Zack Tomlinson, North Tahoe; Chris Cahill, North Tahoe; Trevor deBraga, Fallon.