All Courier Baseball: The 2014 All-Courier Baseball Team
Bradley Denny, junior, Bradshaw Mountain - The right-handed Denny was the Bears' ace this season, compiling a 7-3 overall record in 13 appearances (10 starts) with a 2.83 ERA in 59-1/3 innings pitched. Denny racked up a team-high 49 strikeouts to go along with 24 walks and surrendered just one homer all season. Opposing hitters batted .184 against him with a .283 on-base percentage. At the dish, Denny batted .400 (36-for-90) with 27 RBIs and 18 extra-base hits (12 doubles, two triples, four homers) in 29 games. The All-Division 2, Section 5 first-team pick finished second for the Bears in on-base-plus-slugging percentage with a 1.184.
Jeremy Moyer, junior, Bradshaw Mountain - Moyer, a southpaw, complemented Denny well, as he notched a 7-1 record with a 3.09 ERA in 12 appearances (eight starts). In 45-1/3 innings, Moyer, an All-D-2, Section 5 second-team selection, registered 38 strikeouts and walked 14 batters. Offensively, Moyer, who split time with Denny at first base, batted .427 (38-for-89) with eight doubles, 18 runs scored and 11 RBIs in 29 games.
Branden Redfern, senior, Chino Valley - Redfern was the Cougars' workhorse this spring, piecing together a 4-2 record with a 3.82 ERA in a team-high 14 appearances (eight starts) with one complete game in 66 innings. He notched a team-high 81 strikeouts and issued 22 walks. At the plate, Redfern batted a stellar .500 (44-for-88) in 30 games. He had 28 RBIs, 17 runs scored and nine extra-base hits, including six doubles and three homers. Redfern also recorded an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.231, which led Chino Valley.
Dallas Riggs, senior, Bradshaw Mountain - Riggs earned D-2, Section 5 Player of the Year honors this season, and for good reason. At the dish, Riggs hit a Bradshaw best .505 (50-for-99) with a team-high 40 RBIs and 35 runs scored. Perhaps most impressively, he blistered 29 extra-base hits, including 10 homers, five triples and 14 doubles. Nobody on the Bears' squad got on base better than Riggs, either. His 1.592 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.541 on-base percentage, 1.050 slugging percentage) was marvelous. Riggs was equally impressive as a catcher. In 29 games, he had an unblemished 1.000 fielding percentage, nabbing eight runners attempting to steal with only one passed ball.
R.J. Bell, junior, Chino Valley - The Daily Courier's 2013 Player of the Year, Bell continued his sterling play this spring in the infield, at the plate and on the mound. Offensively, the shortstop hit .460 with a team-best 46 hits in 100 at-bats coupled with 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored. He had 15 extra-base hits (10 doubles, three triples, two homers) and struck out only three times in 29 games, finishing with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.189. And Bell was fast, stealing 25 bases in 27 attempts. On the mound, Bell threw just 23 innings, but he made the most of them en route to garnering first team All-D-3, Section 4 honors. He went 5-0 with a 0.30 ERA in six appearances (three starts), allowing 13 hits and one earned run all season. Bell also had 23 K's and issued only six walks.
Bailey Fortier, senior, Mayer - The four-year Wildcats letterman was this year's team MVP and contributed in the batter's box, on the mound and in the dugout. And he didn't let pain slow him down. He played with a brace on his left knee this spring after suffering an injury during football season. Fortier, who played first base, batted .437 this season while striking out only four times all year. On the mound, he won three of his team's five games, as the Mayer program improved from one win in each of the previous three seasons. "He's the kind of kid you want," Wildcats first-year coach Jack Wilson said. "The only game he didn't play he was cheering everybody on like a third coach."
Josh Redfern, junior, Chino Valley - In a breakout season, third baseman/pitcher Josh Redfern batted .327 (32-for-98) with four doubles, two triples, 21 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 29 games. He also had 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. In 47 innings on the hill, Redfern compiled a 4-2 record with a 2.98 ERA (10 appearances; four starts) to go along with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks. He led the Cougars in complete games with three and tallied a save as well.
Bryan Villagran, senior, Bradshaw Mountain - Villagran, a fleet-footed first team All-D-2, Section 5 shortstop, was a monster at the dish, hitting .476 (50-for-105) with 35 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 29 games. He swatted 13 extra-base hits, including five doubles, three triples and five homers. Villagran struck out only three times all season and his on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.241 was phenomenal. He led Bradshaw in stolen bases with eight. Defensively, Villagran had a .958 fielding percentage. He could pitch, too, going 2-0 with a 3.17 ERA in 17-2/3 innings. Villagran said he plans to play for either Yavapai College or Pima Community College in Tucson next spring.
Spencer Coffin, sophomore, Chino Valley - A first team All-D-3, Section 4 pick, Coffin hit .403 (31-for-77) with two doubles, 29 runs scored and eight RBIs in 27 games. He had a sterling on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .950 with 11 stolen bases.
James Loveall, senior, Bagdad - Loveall, a first team All-D-4, Section 4 pick, batted a team-best .494 with a .539 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage. He hit four doubles, three triples and four homers with 32 RBIs. An all-division player for three years, he also swiped 23 bases. Loveall could pitch, too. He went 4-3 with a 1.68 ERA, 52 K's and 20 walks.
Bryan Smith, junior, Prescott - In 27 games, Smith hit .310 (26-for-84) with eight doubles, nine RBIs and a team-best 20 runs scored. Smith, who began the season at catcher before switching to the outfield, struck out only four times and stole seven bases in eight attempts. Defensively, Smith had a fielding percentage of .985 and committed just one error.
Steve Hernandez, sophomore, Bradshaw Mountain - Hernandez, a right fielder, hit .385 (25-for-77) with three doubles, 16 runs scored and 10 RBIs in 27 games. He struck out only four times. In the field, Hernandez compiled a .926 fielding percentage, committing two errors all season.
Jeremiah Moeller, senior, Chino Valley - Moeller, a first team All-D-3, Section 4 catcher, finished his prep career in style. In 30 games, he batted .359 (33-for-92) with 30 RBIs and a team-best 15 doubles to go along with a triple, a homer and 27 runs scored. Moeller also had an impressive 1.032 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and stole 12 bases in 14 attempts. Defensively, he had a .990 fielding percentage.
Chad Weber, senior, Prescott - A second team All-D-2, Section 5 selection, Weber, who moved from the outfield to catcher early in the season, hit .392 (29-for-74) with eight doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBIs. Weber led the Badgers in fielding percentage with a .984 (one error, four runners caught stealing).