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, 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, 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
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
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.
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, 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
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