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Lucky 13: WVL honors prep baseball players

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Dayton senior Jarred Ashley is one of three players from Yamhill County schools on the Class 3A West Valley League baseball first-team honorees list.
Rockne Roll/News-Register##Dayton senior Jarred Ashley is one of three players from Yamhill County schools on the Class 3A West Valley League baseball first-team honorees list.

Thirteen student-athletes from Yamhill County schools were honored by the baseball coaches of the Class 3A West Valley League for their performances in the 2016 season.
Dayton senior Jarred Ashley, Pirates junior Jacob deSmet and Sheridan senior Jackson Meyer all received first-team all-league accord. DeSmet was one of two underclassmen named to the WVL first team; he and Meyer, both shortstops, were nominated as infielders. Ashley, also a left-handed pitcher for the Pirates, earned his spot for his outfield play.
Players on the all-WVL second team included representatives from all four Yamhill County schools: Sheridan junior outfielder J.T. Norwood, Amity junior outfielder Dillon Barber, Dayton sophomore first baseman/pitcher Tristan Fergus, Amity junior first baseman/pitcher Clint Hatch, Willamina senior infielder/pitcher Brodey Bruckner, Dayton junior infielder/pitcher Kole Stuck and Dayton sophomore catcher Luke Primbs.
Sheridan sophomore Danny Sandoval, Willamina senior Bailey Goodman and Amity senior Jared Ojua merited honorable mention for their on-field accomplishments.
Santiam Christian (24-3, 11-1 WVL), the league champion in 2016, swept the superlatives. Eagles senior infielder Dru Draper received player of the year acclaim, while head coach Matt Nosack was named coach of the year.
Dayton was the lone Yamhill County squad to make the OSAA Class 3A state playoffs in 2016, finishing third in the WVL regular-season standings and seizing the league’s automatic bid for third place in the WVL playoffs. The Pirates (13-10, 8-4 WVL), seeded No. 9, upset No. 8 Blanchet Catholic in the 3A state playoffs on May 25 before falling to No. 1 Santiam Christian on Friday.
Sheridan (11-12, 3-9 WVL) finished fifth in the league and secured the final qualifying spot for the West Valley League playoffs but fell in the first round to Taft. Willamina (5-14, 2-10 WVL) and Amity (3-11, 1-11 WVL) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the league standings.

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