Teams from the White Mountains were well represented in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s All-3A East Baseball Team, which was selected by the region’s coaches following the spring season.
Snowflake junior Ricky Munger, the Lobos’ pitcher and shortstop, was selected as the 3A East Player of the Year.
Show Low senior Zach Edwards, the region’s first team catcher, was named as 3A East Defensive Player of the Year. Edwards was also named to the all-state first team.
Also named to the 3A East First Team are, from Blue Ridge: pitcher Dylan Hanson, infielder Gunner Martinez and outfielder Chris Verdugo, from Show Low: infielder Keegan Clark, and from Snowflake: first baseman and pitcher Traegon Standerfer.
Rounding out the All-3A East first team are: River Phillips, R.J. Butler and Jesse Conway of Payson, and Winslow’s Jacob Guerrero, A.J. Huerta and Brennan Sawyer.
Sawyer was selectd as the region’s Offensive Player of the Year and Payson head coach Brian Young was selected as 3A East Coach of the Year.
Munger led Snowflake and the state in batting average (.582) and in on’base percentage (.667). He got 39 hits (26 for extra bases) and batted in 18 runs.
As the Lobos’ ace pitcher, Munger was 1-0 on the season with two saves. He struck out 45 batters in 33 innings pitched, and finished with a 3.18 era.
Edwards led Show Low and was second in 3A in batting with a .566 average. He also led his team with 43 hits (16 for extra bases), 23 stolen bases and in on-base percentage (.621, also second in 3A). He was third on the team with 18 runs batted in.
As a pitcher, Edwards was 2-1 on the season and finished with a 4.50 earned run average. He struck out 18 batters in 14 innings on the mound.
Sabino coach Frank Folsom was selected as the division’s Coach of the Year and Sabercat pitcher Preston Clifford was selected as 3A Player of the Year.
Sahuarita’s Edwin Martinez is the division Defensive Player of the Year and his teammate, Devin Alvarez, is Offensive Player of the Year.