Grogan named Player of the Year

Staff photo by E.J. Harris Stanfield's Dylan Grogan throws from the pitching mound in the Tigers' 5-4 win against Santiam Christian Friday in Keizer.

The Eastern Oregon League belonged to the Stanfield Tigers in 2016.

Stanfield went a perfect 12-0 in league play and outscored the other league teams by a combined score of 178-22. Their closest league game was a 6-2 win over Umatilla on Apr. 1, one of just seven games where the Tigers did not break into double-digits overall.

The Tigers were able to be so dominant because of the talent on the field, which was recently recognized by the entirety of the EOL coaches as Stanfield swept the all-league top honors as well as earning 14 spots on the all-league rosters.

Junior Dylan Grogan was chosen as the EOL Player of the Year after having an incredible season on the pitching mound and on offense. As a pitcher, Grogan was the ace of the Tigers staff as he finished the year 10-1 with a 0.71 ERA with 133 strikeouts over 68.1 innings pitched. He allowed just seven earned runs all season while walking just 21.

And on offense, Grogan produced a lot of pop from the middle of the Tigers lineup as he hit for a .516 average with 5 home runs, 45 RBI, 55 runs scored, 13 doubles and also turned in 15 stolen bases. Grogan’s on-base percentage sat north of .600 on the season, as well.

And head coach Bryan Johnson took home Coach of the Year honors in his final season at Stanfield and led the team to their second state championship in his eight seasons as coach.

Joining Grogan on the all-EOL first team roster was pitcher/infielder Brody Woods (11-1, 1.37 ERA, .396 batting avg., 41 RBI, 32 runs), catcher Thyler Monkus (.424 avg., 58 runs, 31 stolen bases), first baseman Ryan Bailey (.514 avg., 43 RBI, 41 runs), and infielder Antonio Flores (.410 avg., 42 RBI, 46 runs).

Flores and Bailey netted second team honors as pitchers as Flores appeared in 14 games with eight starts and finished with a 6-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and Bailey picked up three saves with a 0.84 ERA in 16.2 innings. Joining them on second team was outfielder Keith Wampler (.273 avg., 22 runs), while Jason Fitzpatrick (.309 avg., 20 RBI), Justin Keeney (.289 avg., 18 runs), Damien Curiel (.258 avg., 20 runs), and Adrian Renner (.342 avg., 21 RBI) earned honorable mention honors.

The Umatilla Vikings struggled to find consistency in 2016, finishing sixth in the EOL with a 7-12 overall record and 3-9 in league play. One of the bright spots for the Vikings was senior pitcher and infielder Josh Dever, who was named to the first team squad at both of his positions. Umatilla also placed three players on the honorable mention list, with senior pitcher and outfielder Cory Landon, sophomore catcher Brylee Dufloth and sophomore infielder Seth Cranston making the cut.

And the Riverside Pirates struggled through their 2016 schedule finishing last in the EOL at 3-20 and 2-10. The team had a collective batting average of .166, but they were carried by senior utility player Wayne Killion as he hit .370 with two home runs and 15 RBI, but most impressively was responsible for seven of the team’s 12 extra-base hits. Derek Bingaman rounded out the Pirates representatives as an honorable mention at pitcher.

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BASEBALL

Player of the Year: Dylan Grogan, jr. Stanfield

Coach of the Year: Bryan Johnson, Stanfield

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers

Dylan Grogan, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Josh Dever, sr., Umatilla

Brody Woods, so., Stanfield/Echo

Catchers

Thyler Monkus, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Blake Cleaver, jr., Nyssa

First Base

Ryan Bailey, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Infielders

Dylan Grogan, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Antonio Flores, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Brody Woods, so., Stanfield/Echo

Josh Dever, sr., Umatilla

Cody Towers, sr., Vale

Outfielders

Jaydon McKay, sr., Elgin/Imbler

Bryce Arant, sr., Nyssa

JP Martinez, jr., Nyssa

Utility/DH

Gage Fortin, sr., Vale

Wayne Killion, sr., Riverside

SECOND TEAM

Pitchers

Justin Exon, sr., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

Josh Buchholz, sr., Vale

Dawson Eddy, jr., Vale

Catchers

Rylie Heyward, sr., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

First Base

Trace Cummings, sr., Vale

Infielders

Andrew Luse, so., Elgin/Imbler

Josh Buchholz, sr., Vale

Dawson Eddy, jr., Vale

Outfielders

Marco Gomez, jr., Vale

Dylan Kaschmitter, jr., Vale

Keith Wampler, sr., Stanfield/Echo

Anu Kanoho, sr., Elgin/Imbler

Utility/DH

Caleb Lathrop, so., Elgin/Imbler

HONORABLE MENTION

Pitchers

Caleb Lathrop, so., Elgin/Imbler

Josh Rummell, sr., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

Derek Bingaman, sr., Riverside

Corey Landon, sr., Umatilla

Ryan Bailey, jr,, Stanfield/Echo

Antonio Flores, jr., Stanfield/Echo

Boston Thompson, so., Nyssa

Roman Melendez, sr., Nyssa

Catchers

Kendrick Johnson, so., Elgin/Imbler

Sterling Bither, so., Riverside

Brylee Dufloth, so., Umatilla

Cade Perry, so., Vale

First Base

Andres Gonzalez, jr, Nyssa

Jack Lathrop, so., Elgin/Imbler

Infielders

Tanner Owen, jr., Elgin/Imbler

Gus Ramsden, fr., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

Aramis Corpus, so., Riverside

Seth Cranston, so., Umatilla

Damien Curiel, so., Stanfield/Echo

Enrique Menchaca, sr., Nyssa

Outfielders

Jason Fitzpatrick, sr., Stanfield/Echo

Justin Keeney, so., Stanfield/Echo

Tanner Hamilton, fr., Vale

Tanner Coble, sr., Nyssa

Chris Bathke, so., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

Justin Exon, sr., Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa

Corey Landon, sr., Umatilla

Utility/DH

Adrian Renner, so., Stanfield/Echo

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