Hermiston Little League: All Star Teams: 2008 All Star Teams
2008 All Star Teams
2008 District 5 All Stars
District 5 Champions - State 3rd Place
Manager: Jeff Schwirse Coaches: Jeff Gritz, Matt Smith
Jason Almaguer, Heath Baldock, Alex Campbell, Rylen Crawford, Jake Flyg, Nychal Gritz, Stetson Iverson,
Austin Kopacz, Jesus Rosales,Cole Schwirse, Sean Smith, Lucas Wyant, Garrett Whitsett
Manager: Dave Caldwell Coach: Jonah Lindeman
Zack Adams, Dylan Caldwell, Cody Cummings, Noah Davis, Cameryn Hallos, Tanner Gagnepain,
Landon Gammell, Austin Monahan, Trevlor Hoffman, Jay Lindeman, Dakota Paola, Tyler Wadekamper
Manager: Randy White Coaches: Dave Dever, Jack Stollar
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Angel Casetellanos, Bob Coleman, Josh Dever, Chance Flores, Slade Gritz, Chase Knutz, Kyler Mikami,
RJ Robles, Chase Root, Edwin Rosales, Tyler Sexton, Ben Stollar, Austin White.
Manager: Doug Larsen Coach: Leonard Myers
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Carson Auman, Kaden Caldwell, Tyler Cameron, Jesse Clark, DJ Gossett,
Nathaniel Jimenez, Dylan Martin, Damon Preuninger, Trent Preuninger, Logan Wilson
Manager: Ron Rude Coaches: Sonny Liebe, Tim Rude
Mikaela Anderson, Shayla Garetto, Venise Gutierrez, Sarah Hawman, Bobbi Hofbauer,
Dayna Horn, Mykel Liebe, Kimberly Nevil, Allie Rude, Emily Sexton
Manager: Kristi Kopacz Coach: Deanne Malmberg
Valerie Beas, Rebecca Engelbrecht, Candace Cooper, Adrienne Davis, Jazmin Gutierrez,
Nicole Jones, Mackenzie Juul, Mikayla Kopacz, Shay Lovejoy, Amanda Pollick
2008 State 11/12 Baseball Tournament Pendleton, OR
Hermiston took third place with a 5-1 record losing to Murrayhill in the semi-finals. Murrayhill won the state title and went on to compete at the Western Regional Tournament in San Bernadino, CA.
In the semifinal round, South Suburban dispatched Medford National Central Little League, 5-1, and Murrayhill outlasted a high-octane Hermiston Little League team, 14-9, to earn a rematch.
Hermiston averaged 10-plus runs per game at the state tournament during a 4-0 run through pool competition, and out-hit Murrayhill 15-9 in their semifinal round clash. But the District 5 champions committed four errors and gave away a pair of two-run leads in the early innings against Murrayhill. Shaw's two-run homer keyed a four-run first inning rally as Murrayhill erased an early 2-0 deficit, and Whitney's grand slam -- a welcome present on his 13th birthday -- re-established Murrayhill's advantage following a four-run burst by Hermiston in the top of the inning.
Nychal Gritz, Jesus Rosales, and Jason Almaguer each homered for Hermiston, giving the team 24 round-trippers in 13 tournament games.
"Hermiston is one of the best hitting teams I've ever seen," said Scott Zanon. "But they could just see we weren't going away. You could just feel we had control of the game after the third inning."
Zack Kiene belted his first-ever home run and Aleaziz added a shot of his own in the late innings as Murrayhill pulled away.
"We knew Hermiston was really good," Scott Zanon said. "We knew we were going to have to outhit them to win the game."
Murrayhill's triumph at the state tournament propelled the team into the Northwest Region tournament, where the team again reached for its heavy lumber. Murrayhill opened the tournament with three consecutive wins in which the team scored a combined 42 runs and homered nine times. For the tournament, Murrayhill batted a collective .361, and reached the championship game before falling, 10-1, to Mill Creek (Washington) Little League.