The team that came up short in the Class 3A baseball state championship in 2019 could be the favorite to win it in 2020.
The Warrenton Warriors had eight players selected to this year’s Coastal Range all-league team — one sophomore, five juniors and only two seniors.
Four of the juniors were on the first team, with junior catcher Jake Morrow named as the league’s Player of the Year.
John Karns of Rainier was selected as the Coach of the Year, after leading the Columbians to a co-league championship with the Warriors.
Rainier had nine all-league selections, which included six seniors.
Warrenton’s other first-team players are juniors Gabe Breitmeyer, Devin Jackson and Austin Little.
Sophomore Duane Falls and senior Dalton Knight were named second team, with junior Alec Herrera and senior Kale’o Kapua earning honorable mention.
Warrenton’s league Players of the Year since 1994: Todd Kobrzycki (1994), Ben Hartley (1996), Brian Bruney (1999-2000), Dan Gates (2001), Tyler McGrorty (2003), Nate McBride (2004), Michael Moore (2008), Reese Johnson (2011), Jake Morrow (2019).
Coastal Range all-league
Player of the Year: Jake Morrow, Warrenton
Coach of the Year: John Karns, Rainier
First team Jake Morrow, Jr., Warrenton Gabe Breitmeyer, Jr., Warrenton Austin Cantrell, Sr., Rainier Eli DeMello, Jr., Taft Tyee Fisher, Sr., Taft Devin Jackson, Jr., Warrenton Jordan Kangas, Jr., Rainier Cody Knott, Sr., Taft Austin Little, Jr., Warrenton Kaleb Reid, Sr., Willamina Joey Tripp, Sr., Rainier Cade Warren, Jr., Clatskanie Jackson Young, Sr., Catlin Gabel
Second team Nick Colton, Sr., Willamina Dawson Evenson, Jr., Clatskanie Duane Falls, So., Warrenton Trent Fisher, Jr., Taft Wyatt Hoke, Sr., Catlin Gabel Logan Keizur, Sr., Rainier Bleiz Kimbrough, Sr., Taft Dalton Knight, Sr., Warrenton Braden Marcum, So., Rainier Luke Roth, Sr., Clatskanie Kenney Tripp, Fr., Rainier Kellen Woodcock, So., Catlin Gabel
Honorable mention Hunter Boulch, Sr., Rainier Tanner Chapman, Sr., Rainier Jonathan Edelman, Sr., Catlin Gabel Foster Evenson, Sr., Clatskanie Mike Hart, Fr., Catlin Gabel Nick Hawk, Sr., Willamina Alec Herrera, Jr., Warrenton Kale’o Kapua, Sr., Warrenton Fco Ramos, So., Taft Jayden Robb, Sr., Rainier