Payton Westerholm, Burke Matthews

Seaside’s Payton Westerholm, left, and Burke Matthews of Astoria were both selected as infielders on the 2019 Cowapa all-league baseball team.

State champion Banks dominated the Cowapa all-league baseball team with nine selections, while second-place Astoria landed five on the all-league squad, as voted on by the league’s coaches.

Astoria had two pitchers on the first team — senior Will Reed and junior Dylan Rush — while senior infielder Burke Matthews and junior catcher Ebin Hillard joined Reed and Rush on the first team. Matthews was recently named MVP for the North team in an all-star baseball series for high school seniors.

Junior outfielder Ryan Stutznegger was selected honorable mention.

A trio of Seaside seniors capped their final year by being selected to the all-league squad.

Third baseman Duncan Thompson and shortstop/pitcher Payton Westerholm were both first-team members, while Alex Teubner was one of three catchers earning honorable mention.

Senior Hayden Vandehey of Banks was named the league’s Player of the Year, while the Braves’ Joe Baumgartner was Coach of the Year.

Sophomore George Eisenhardt of Valley Catholic was selected as the league’s Pitcher of the Year.

Cowapa all-league

Player of the Year: Hayden Vandehey, Banks Pitcher of the Year: George Eisenhardt, Valley Catholic Coach of the Year: Joe Baumgartner, Banks

Pitchers George Eisenhardt, So., Valley Catholic Tyler Lilly, Sr., Banks Will Reed, Sr., Astoria Sam Romero, Jr., Tillamook Dylan Rush, Jr., Astoria William Schultheis, Jr., Valley Catholic

Catchers Ebin Hillard, Jr., Astoria Daniel Pruitt, Jr., Valley Catholic

Infielders Jarred Evans, Jr., Banks Blake Gobel, Sr., Banks Justin Harmon, Sr., Tillamook Burke Matthews, Sr., Astoria Diego Robison, Jr., Valley Catholic Duncan Thompson, Sr., Seaside Hayden Vandehey, Sr., Banks Payton Westerholm, Sr., Seaside

Outfielders Dakota Bunn, Sr., Banks Colten Hesselman, Fr., Banks

Honorable mention Catchers Trask Applegate, Sr., Banks Cameron Buffan, Sr., Tillamook Alex Teubner, Sr., Seaside

Infielders James Baglai, Jr., Valley Catholic Tanner Richardson, Sr., Tillamook Michael Weber, Sr., Valley Catholic Charlie White, Fr., Banks

Outfielders Thomas Cook, Sr., Banks Ryan Stutznegger, Jr., Astoria

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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