By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL announced the all-league selections in baseball on Tuesday.
After a pandemic impacted season, which saw no league champions crowned, each of the nine teams received three all-league selections and no MVPs were named.
If there had been a Big 5 championship handed out, the Eureka Loggers would have won it, with a deep and talented lineup posting an 11-2 record, including a league best 10-2 in the Big 5.
Their top three players were Jackson Giacone, Parker Rodgers and Keenan Morris, each of whom was named to the all-league roster and any one of whom would have made a worthy MVP.
Rodgers will take his talents to Butte College next year while Morris will play at Santa Rosa JC.
Giacone, the only junior of the three, has already committed his future to Division-I powerhouse Cal State Fullerton.
Joining them on the all-league selections are a trio of talented Arcata Tigers — Nick Parker, Finn McRea and Vincent Agliolo.
The good news for the Tigers, who finished 10-4, is that all three are juniors and should be back next year.
The Fortuna Huskies, meanwhile, enjoyed a breakout campaign and were among the most competitive teams on the North Coast, finishing 8-6.
The multi-talented Branson Gans was included as one of their three all-league selections, along with Aaron Head-Mason and Regan Nyberg, each of whom had outstanding seasons.
Rounding out the Big 5 all-league honorees are McKinleyville’s Corbin Eichin, T-Ryan Stumpf and Brodie Sargent, and Del Norte’s Daylen O’Reilley, Jared Dixon and Brody Mattz.
Eichin and Stumpf were the Panthers’ only two seniors and played a pivotal role in helping a young team make substantial improvements as the season wore on.
O’Reilley was one of only two seniors on a Warriors squad that featured a lot of talented young players, including Dixon and Mattz.
In the Little 4 there was no doubt which was the best team, with the St. Bernard’s Crusaders dominating the rest of the field.
The St. Bernard’s pitching staff was the deepest in the conference and led by Stanford-bound junior Nick Dugan, who leads the all-league selections.
Talented Crusaders junior Cayden Lee joins him an an all-league honoree, along with senior teammate Bode Joyner.
Influential seniors Jenner Christiansen, Garrett Christiansen and Kyler Radlefinger were all named all-league for Ferndale, while seniors Crue Contreras and Graham McConnell were included for South Fork, along with junior Tanner Curran.
And rounding out the all-league selections are Hoopa’s Kagan Renteria, Ryan Ames and Daniel Minton, the latter of whom was the Warriors’ most dangerous player all spring and earned rave reviews from opposing coaches.
Arcata — Alex Gorge, Mason Nichols and Isaiah Levy
Del Norte — None
Eureka — Hayden Bode, Myles Standish, Zac Anderson, Ethan Pesch, Connor Johnson and Brayden Youkey
Ferndale — Vincent Meade and Carl Nunes
Fortuna — Cole Ayala, Joey Quen and Daniel Osborne
Hoopa — Darvin Davis and Jonathan Martinez
McKinleyville — Riley Bates and Austin Brown
South Fork — Broc Contreras, Shevy Bero-Vanmeter and John Harding
St. Bernard’s — Aidan Dorsch, Drew Vizenor, Braedan Zimmerman and Brody Tomlin