Daily Courier 2015 Spring All-County Baseball Team
Originally Published: June 27, 2015 6:02 a.m.
Player of the YearTommy McCartyMingusTommy McCarty was not only the player of the year for our 2015 All-Yavapai County Baseball Team, McCarty was also one of the best players in the state. He earned first team All-Section, as well as section player of the year and first team All-State. Mingus baseball runs in his family. His older brother, Shaun, was a member of the Mingus state championship teams in 2008 and 2009.FIRST TEAMBradley DennyBradshaw Mtn.The Bears' ace pitcher in 2015, Denny compiled a 7-4 record with a save, as well as a 3.46 ERA and 56 strikeouts, in 58-2/3 innings (10 starts in 12 appearances). The senior pitcher/infielder also finished the season as Bradshaw's second-leading hitter, batting .353 (30-for-85) with a team-high 18 extra-base hits, including four homers, four triples and 10 doubles. Denny added 22 RBIs, 21 runs scored and a team-best .705 slugging percentage in 28 games. Denny was named a first-team All-Division 2, Section 5 pitcher.Cohen HeckethornBradshaw Mtn.Heckethorn, Bradshaw's leading hitter this spring, registered a .440 average with a team-best 44 hits, 14 of which went for extra bases (two HRs, three triples and nine doubles). He scored a Bears' best 28 runs, had 21 RBIs in a team-high 100 at-bats, tallied a .650 slugging percentage, and stole a team-best 11 bases in 12 attempts. Oh, and Heckethorn can pitch. As a spot starter and a reliever, the junior infielder/pitcher went 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA and a save in 24-1/3 innings (eight appearances, four starts). Defensively, he recorded a .946 fielding percentage. Heckethorn earned All-Division 2, Section 5 first-team honors.Casey JeansBagdadJeans guided the Sultans to a Division 4, Section 4 championship and a berth in the D-4 state tournament this spring. The senior catcher/utility/pitcher compiled a team-high .438 batting average, notching Bagdad bests in hits (39), extra-base hits (15; two homers, seven triples, six doubles) and RBIs (23). Jeans, who had 16 stolen bases, also scored 37 runs and paced his team in on-base percentage (.510) and slugging percentage (.730) in 27 games. Behind the plate, Jeans gunned down 8-of-15 base runners attempting to steal. On the mound, he went 6-1 with a 4.81 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39-1/3 innings pitched (12 appearances). Jeans was an All-Division 4 first-team pick, an All-D-4, Section 4 first-team selection, and the section's Co-Player of the Year.Orlando MachadoMingusMachado, a third baseman and pitcher had a great year both on the mound and at the plate for the Marauders. He batted .385 with 35 hits and 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, Machado had a 7-2 record with a 3.10 ERA, five complete games and three saves. He will be playing at Glendale Community College next year.Tommy McCartyMingusMcCarty was the best player for Mingus. The senior shortstop had a .556 batting average with 55 hits and 43 RBIs. The Mingus Marauders had a great season as a whole and McCarty was certainly a huge part of their 25-7 record with one playoff win. McCarty will be playing for Paradise Valley Community College next year.Matt MendiblesPrescottOne of the leaders for the Division 2, Section 5 champion Badgers in 2015, Mendibles was a reliable hitter and relief pitcher. At the dish, the senior infielder/pitcher batted .398 (33-for-83) with a team-high 18 extra-base hits, including a Badgers' best six homers and 11 doubles, as well as a triple. He also led Prescott in RBIs with 34, scored 20 runs and tallied a team-best slugging percentage of .771. On the mound, Mendibles finished third for PHS in innings pitched (36-1/3). Despite a 3-4 record, he registered three saves in as many opportunities and compiled a 3.28 ERA to go along with 16 strikeouts.Mendibles was named an All-Division 2 and All-D-2, Section 5 first-teamer.Garrett SchulzPrescottSchulz's versatility made him invaluable for the Badgers this spring, as he could hit, field and pitch at a high level. He tied teammate Matt Mendibles for Prescott's best batting average (among those with more than 80 at-bats) with a .398 clip. Schulz led PHS with 37 hits, including 30 singles and seven extra-base hits; scored a team-best 34 runs; and recorded 16 RBIs. Defensively, the senior infielder had a .931 fielding percentage. On the bump, Schulz finished second for the Badgers in innings pitched (49-1/3) with a 5-1 record and a save in 11 appearances. He also racked up a 3.12 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Schulz garnered first-team All-Division 2, Section 5 honors.SECOND TEAMJose ChairezPrescottChairez came into his own at the dish this spring, registering a .341 batting average with 30 hits, including eight for extra bases (homer, two triples, five doubles), in addition to 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored. The junior outfielder had a solid glove as a right fielder, too, posting a .931 fielding percentage in 27 games. He was a first-team All-Division 2, Section 5 pick.Spencer CoffinChino ValleyA three-sport star in soccer, wrestling and baseball, Coffin overcame a wrestling injury at the start of the 2015 season, sparkling offensively and defensively. At the plate, Coffin led Chino Valley in hitting with a .520 average, tallying a team-high 39 hits in 75 at-bats. He also had a Cougars' best 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts. With his glove, the junior outfielder did not commit any errors, recording a 1.000 fielding percentage. He was a first-team All-Division 3, Section 4 selection.Tucker GilbertsonMayerAfter transferring from Prescott High to Mayer for the 2014-15 academic year, Gilbertson fully healed from a twice-broken ankle to pace the Wildcats on the mound and at the plate this spring. As a starting pitcher, the senior pitcher/first baseman had a deceiving 5-4 record, as he tallied a miniscule 0.50 ERA with a team-high 84 strikeouts in 42-1/3 innings. He also threw four complete games in eight starts. Offensively, Gilbertson compiled a Mayer-best .438 average with 21 hits (seven for extra bases) and 16 RBIs, while scoring 16 runs, in 18 games. He also led the Wildcats in slugging percentage (.645). Gilbertson garnered second-team All-Division 4, Section 4 honors.Josh RedfernChino ValleyRedfern was one of the best all-around players in the county this spring. At the plate, he batted .369 (31-for-84; 12 extra-base hits) with 26 RBIs and a Chino Valley-best 36 runs scored, on top of a .607 slugging percentage. He also stole 11 bases in 12 attempts. But Redfern may have been most impressive on the mound, compiling an 8-2 record with four complete games and two shutouts in 68-1/3 innings. The senior pitcher's 1.84 ERA and 68 strikeouts were impressive as well. Redfern was a second-team All-Division 3, Section 4 pick.Bryan SmithPrescottA solid hitter for the Badgers, Smith had a .367 batting average (.578 slugging percentage) with 33 hits, including 11 for extra bases (four doubles, six triples, homer). The senior also tallied 13 RBIs and scored 25 runs. Smith was strong as an outfielder, too, recording a .980 fielding percentage. And he could pitch in a pinch, registering a 2-0 record with a 0.95 ERA and eight strikeouts in 7-1/3 innings. Smith garnered first-team All-Division 2, Section 5 accolades.Jordan UphamMingusUpham, a junior outfielder, had a very solid season for the Marauders. In 2015, had a .341 batting average with 30 hits, 18 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Upham had two hits and two RBIs in Mingus' 9-8 playoff victory over Buckeye Verrado. He had at least one hit in all but seven games during the regular season.Ty WilliamsonCamp VerdeWilliamson, an infielder and pitcher, was a senior transfer from Mississippi. Back in his home state, he joined rare company when he hit two grand slams in the same inning of one game. In his first and only high school season in Arizona, Williamson had a .366 batting average, 30 hits and 18 RBIs. As a pitcher, he had a 2.50 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched.Spring Sports Coach of the YearKent WinslowPrescott High baseballA year after a disappointing 2014 campaign, the Badgers' baseball team bounced back nicely this spring. The wily Winslow, in the second season of his second stint at Prescott High, helped guide the Badgers to a Division 2, Section 5 championship over favored Mingus Union and an automatic berth into the D-2 state tournament in May. PHS exceeded expectations in 2015, concluding the campaign with a 19-10 overall record. For his efforts, Winslow was named Division 2, Section 5 Coach of the Year.