MCMINNVILLE — The high school baseball season is officially over, but for three Columbia Basin players, their season has been extended.
Irrigon’s Zack Henrichs and Lino Covarrubia, and Weston-McEwen’s Tanner Sater, were selected to play in the 3A/2A/1A All-State Series on Saturday and Sunday at Linfield College in McMinnville.
All three will play on the East Team.
“I’m really excited,” Henrichs said. “I went and watched my buddy Austin (Rice) his senior year, and I thought, ‘This is a blast.’ I wanted to play. This is my goal.”
Henrichs, who has signed with Blue Mountain Community College, was selected to pitch and play the infield, while Covarrubia and Sater are outfielders.
“My coach told me he was going to put me in for it, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up,” Sater said. “He said I had a really good chance, and I really wanted it. When he called and told me, I was pretty excited.”
For Corvarrubia, a center fielder, the games are the end of his playing days.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “This is pretty much it for me. It will be fun to play with Zack one last time. I’m kind of waiting to see where they put me — I’ll play anywhere.”
Henrichs, who has a perfect game and a no-hitter to his credit this season, is hoping to get a few innings on the mound.
“I don’t think I will be pitching at Blue Mountain, so let’s see what I can do, one last time.”
The last Irrigon player to be selected to play in the series was Rice in 2017.
“I’m really excited to get to go with Lino and play together one last time,” Henrichs said.
Henrichs was a first-team Special District 5 selection at pitcher and as an infielder. Corvarrubia was a first-team outfielder.
Henrichs finished the season with a 1.42 ERA, striking out 89 and walking just 20 in 53 innings of work. His record was 10-0. He also hit .478, including 12 doubles and 29 RBIs. He also led the team with 25 stolen bases.
Covarrubia, the Knights’ lead-off hitter, had a .364 batting average. He drove in 15 runs, scored 33 runs, and had 21 stolen bases.
The TigerScots sent four players to the series in 2014, and catcher Vince Roff was the last to go in 2016.
Sater is a first-team all-league selection for Special District 7, and was named to the 2A/1A all-state third team.
He hit .500, with 41 hits, 22 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He also had 12 stolen bases and just two errors.
“He was a three-year starter for us,” W-M coach Corey Thacker said. “He worked his tail off to get where he’s at. I was more than happy with his leadership of the team this season.”