Eaton’s Walker Martin Named 3A Player of the Year, Numerous Other Local Athletes Receive All-State Baseball Honors – Greeley Tribune

CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps released their all-state baseball prep teams Tuesday.

Not surprisingly, many local athletes were honored, including several players from Eaton, which won its second consecutive Class 3A state title earlier this month.

Reds junior infielder Walker Martin was named 3A Player of the Year. Martin posted a team-high 55 RBI with a .566 batting average, 12 doubles, three triples and a team-high nine homers. He led 3A in home runs and was the all-ranking leader in the RBI.

Eaton’s Todd Hernandez was named 3A Coach of the Year after leading the Reds to a 28-2 record, including a 16-0 mark in the challenging Patriot League. This is the second straight season that Hernandez is the 3A Coach of the Year.

All-state teams are derived from nominations from leagues nationwide and votes from head coaches.

The Player and Coach of the Year awards were also determined by coaches’ votes.

Severance senior shortstop/pitcher Carson Fagan received 4A First Team Honors. Two other Silver Knights players received honorable mentions: senior outfielder/pitcher Camaron Christensen and junior pitcher/third baseman Nolan Hertzke. Windsor senior designated hitter Jake Liley was also awarded a 4A, as did Roosevelt’s second-year catcher Seppe Salvatore, Rough Riders senior shortstop/pitcher Brock Saya, and Windsor senior pitcher Riley Warmbrod.

GREELEY, CO - JUNE 04: The University Bulldogs' River Jackson (27) reacts after hitting a home run during the Eaton Reds 3A Baseball State Championship game against the University Bulldogs at Butch Butler Field in Greeley on June 4, 2022. The Reds defeated the Bulldogs 10-4 to win their second straight 3A title in baseball state. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – JUNE 04: University Bulldogs’ River Jackson (27) reacts after hitting a home run during the Eaton Reds 3A Baseball State Championship game against the University Bulldogs at Butch Butler Field in Greeley on June 4, 2022. The Reds defeated the Bulldogs 10-4 to win their second straight 3A title in baseball state. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

In addition to Martin, four other local athletes made up the 3A First Team: varsity senior infielder/catcher Greg Garza, Bulldogs senior shortstop/pitcher River Jackson, Eaton junior pitcher/first baseman Tate Smith, and junior utility player Ryder True the reds

Resurrection Christian senior pitcher/third baseman Luke Ruby and Eaton senior outfielder Jaden Stone made up 3A’s second team. Reds student Garrett Garrison and University Senior Utility Player Kanon Padilla earned Honorable Mentions 3A.

Highland senior second baseman/pitcher Sam Hnizdil and senior shortstop/pitcher Jordan Walkup were 2A first team selections.

Dayspring Christian senior pitcher/shortstop Tyler Sugden was an A1 second team pick. Briggsdale senior utility player Michael Bittinger received an honorable mention from 1A, as did Dayspring senior catcher/outfielder Tobi Howell, Briggsdale senior pitcher/shortstop Braden Crisis, and Falcons senior utility player Isiah Nava.

Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. You can reach him at (970) 392-4478, email bfernandez@greeleytribune.com, or follow him on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.

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