Trei Hough

Pocatello’s Trei Hough swings at a pitch during a game May 8 against Canyon Ridge at Halliwell Park.



Trei Hough, Sr., Pocatello

Stats: 48 2/3 IP, 1.15 ERA, 52K/27BB

The lowdown: Hough was Pocatello’s best all-around player. The senior pitched a team-high 48 2/3 innings, when he allowed eight earned runs to compile a miniscule 1.15 ERA. At the plate, Hough hit .352 with a team-best 26 RBIs.

Quotable: “Flat-out stud. … Hitting is about timing and pitching is about throwing off that timing. He keeps the timing of the batter off.” — Century coach Duane Rawlings


Dylan Jester, Jr., Highland

Stats: .333 avg., 27 hits, 27 RBI

The lowdown: Jester led the 5A District 5-6 champions with 27 RBIs and tied for a team-high eight extra base-hits at the dish. Behind it, he called nearly every pitch for Rams pitchers and cut down eight of 42 would-be base stealers.

Quotable: “He’s solid back there. He can receive a ball, block a ball, throw a ball. He does a good job.” — Pocatello coach Vinnie Benavidez


Trever Howe, Jr., Malad

Stats: .542 avg., 32 hits, 4 home runs, 18 stolen bases

The lowdown: Howe did it all for Malad. His .542 batting average, 15 extra-base hits, 29 RBIs and 18 stolen bases led the Dragons’ everyday players. He added a 0.78 ERA in 18 innings pitched.

Quotable: “He’s unreal. … When they put him at third or short, it takes away that whole side. He’s so rangy. … There are very few pitches we can throw to him.” — Bear Lake coach Craig Culver

Seth Nate 2019 district title

Highland’s Seth Nate (1) safely steals second base as Madison’s Jaden Schwab (5) bobbles the ball during the 5A District 5-6 championship game May 7 at Halliwell Park.

Seth Nate, Jr., Highland

Stats: .337 avg., 32 hits, 21 RBI

The lowdown: Nate tied teammate Dylan Jester with a team-high eight extra-base hits. He led Highland’s defense from shortstop and compiled a 2.51 ERA over 39 innings pitched.

Quotable: “One of the best players in the state. … He has got a great, accurate arm. He gets rid of the ball. He’s got a lot of great shortstop actions. He is not afraid of the big games.” — Highland coach Christian Colonel

Payton Cleaves, Sr., Pocatello

Stats: .430 avg., 40 hits, 23 R

The lowdown: Cleaves was Poky’s table setter as the team’s leadoff hitter. The senior racked up 40 hits and a .500 on-base percentage to go with a 3.00 ERA in 28 innings pitched from the mound.

Quotable: “When he’s at bat, you have to cover an entire field. He’ll put one down the third-base line, then first-base line, then up the middle.” — Century coach Duane Rawlings

James Bodily state title game

Marsh Valley's James Bodily fires a pitch during the 3A baseball state championship against Sugar-Salem on May 18 at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls.

James Bodily, Soph., Marsh Valley

Stats: .493 avg., 35 hits, .938 field. pct.

The lowdown: Bodily had a breakout season for the 3A state champions. The sophomore nearly hit for a .500 average while playing brick-wall defense at shortstop. He also had a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the mound and was the winning pitcher in the Eagles’ state title game.

Quotable: “He was the type of shortstop — he could backhand one between third and short and still get an out. … If the state tournament had an MVP, it really would have been James.” — Marsh Valley coach Kent Howell


Tanner Branson, Sr., Marsh Valley

Stats: .449 avg., 31 hits, 4 home runs, 32 RBI

The lowdown: Branson was Marsh Valley’s mid-order pop. He hit four home runs and 10 doubles and was second on the team with 32 RBIs. He also logged a team-high 41 2/3 innings pitched and had a 2.35 ERA.

Quotable: “He was our No. 4 hitter, so he got to see the toughest pitching. Nobody wants to throw to the 4 hitter. He had so much power.” — Marsh Valley coach Kent Howell

Marsh Valley

Tanner Branson rounds third as Marsh Valley takes on Timberlake at Melaleuca Field on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Jadon Marley, Sr., Pocatello

Stats: .361 avg., 30 hits, 5 triples

The lowdown: Marley’s .361 average was second-best on the team, and he led all Poky players with five triples. Thirteen of his 30 hits went for extra bases.

Quotable: “He brought gap-to-gap power to the table. He moved from first base to the outfield and did a phenomenal job out there.” — Pocatello coach Vinnie Benavidez

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Highland’s Easton Durham watches the ball after a swing during a game at Capital in the 2019 5A state tournament.

Easton Durham, Soph., Highland

Stats: .340 avg., 33 hits, 20 stolen bases

The lowdown: Durham led Highland’s offense with 33 hits and 33 runs while swiping 20 bases in 20 attempts. The sophomore also patrolled center field and was the Rams’ leadoff hitter.

Quotable: “He knows how to be a leadoff. He knows we need him to get on base and spark us.” — Highland coach Christian Colonel



Dalton Jones, Jr., Highland

Stats: 51 1/3 IP, 3.15 ERA, 43K/16BB

The lowdown: Jones was Highland’s workhorse, starting 10 of the team’s 27 games. In the team’s 5A District 5-6 championship victory, the junior gave up one earned run in a complete game.

Dalton Jones district title 2019

Highland's Dalton Jones watches his pitch approach home plate during the 5A District 5-6 championship game May 7 at Halliwell Park.


Cason Culver, Jr., Bear Lake

Stats: .400 avg., 24 hits, .992 field. pct.

The lowdown: Culver led Bear Lake’s everyday hitters with a .400 batting average and hit two home runs. He allowed two passed balls in 100 innings and had a 2.44 ERA in 28 2/3 innings pitched.


Skyler Warner, Sr., Century

Stats: .388 avg., 31 hits, 23 R

The lowdown: Warner led Century’s offense with 31 hits and scored a team-high 23 runs. The shortstop also was the D-backs’ No. 1 pitcher, logging a 3.28 ERA in 68 1/3 innings.

Carlos Pimentel, Sr., Blackfoot

Stats: .414 avg., 29 hits

The lowdown: Pimentel notched 29 hits and a .414 average against some of the state’s toughest pitching. The shortstop had a season-high four hits — including two doubles — in a 15-0 win over Shelley.

Cayden Cornell, Sr., Blackfoot

Stats: .342 avg., 26 hits, .944 field. pct.

The lowdown: Cornell led Blackfoot’s offense with team highs in runs (23) and RBIs (19). The senior also pitched 36 2/3 innings and was dependable on defense, logging a .944 fielding percentage.

Braxton Wilhelm

Highland’s Braxton Wilhelm fields a ground ball during a game May 1 against Thunder Ridge at Halliwell Park.

Braxton Wilhelm, Jr., Highland

Stats: .397 avg., 29 hits, 30 R, 15 stolen bases

The lowdown: Wilhelm’s .579 on-base percentage led Highland’s everyday players. So did his 30 walks and 1.031 OPS. One area coach called the utility player Highland’s team MVP.


Bronx Holbrook, Sr., Marsh Valley

Marsh Valley

Bronx Holbrook pitches as Marsh Valley takes on Timberlake at Melaleuca Field on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in the first round of the 3A state tournament.

Stats: .438 avg., 28 hits, 22 RBI

The lowdown: One of Marsh Valley’s reliable bats was also the team’s best outfielder and tallied a 3.00 ERA in 28 innings pitched.

Nick McAdam, Sr., Pocatello

Stats: .354 avg., 29 hits, 12 doubles

The lowdown: McAdam’s power was his biggest asset this season. The senior popped 12 doubles and one home run, nearly equaling his 16 singles with 13 extra-base hits.

Jace Jorgensen, Sr., Blackfoot

Stats: .358 avg., 24 hits, 22 R

The lowdown: Jorgensen was the Broncos’ center fielder and a reliable hitter, ranking third on the team with 24 hits and tied for second with 18 RBIs.



Karson Thorpe, Sr., Malad

Stats: 44 2/3 IP, 3.13 ERA, 41K/18BB; .443 avg.


Jared Gough, Sr., Blackfoot

Stats: .333 avg., 18 RBI, .975 field. pct.


Grady Combs, Soph., Malad

Stats: .375 avg.; 45 1/3 IP, 2.63 ERA

Isaiah Smith, Jr., Preston

Stats: .462 avg., 10 extra-base hits, 12 SB

Owen Teuscher, Soph., Bear Lake

Stats: .350 avg., .962 field. pct.; 43 1/3 IP, 52K/15BB

Andrew Anderson, Soph., Marsh Valley

Stats: .494 avg., 13 extra-base hits, 41 R, 24 SB


Cole Roske, Sr., Century

Stats: .395 avg., 10 SB

Joey James, Sr., Bear Lake

Stats: .393 avg., 2 HR, 22 R, 17 SB

Payton Brooks, Soph., Snake River

Stats: .347 avg., .961 field. pct.; 35 IP, 2.80 ERA